Europe is a great place to study for international students. It is the home to many prestigious universities. The Master’s programs in Europe can be finished in less time (10 – 18 months). Besides, the tuition fees are also way cheaper than in the US and other countries. However, the job scenario in Europe, especially for international students is not very clear. In this post, we speak to alumni and admission officers to find out more about jobs after Masters for international students in two European countries – Netherlands and France.
Jobs after Masters in the Netherlands for International Students
Q&A with Amrita Deb
About Amrita Deb: Amrita finished her Master of Science in Business Administration (MScBA) degree from TIAS, a top business school in the Netherlands.
Currently based in the Netherlands, she is guiding students and professionals to help them make the right decisions in terms of their career goals or choosing universities and business schools.
She also coaches people on Personality Career Development and Change Management.
1. How was your experience with the support received from the University Career Services at TIAS?
I had a very good experience with the support I received from my school’s career service. My first work in the Netherland with an IT firm name ATOS was through TIAS alumni.
Even after almost two years of my graduation when I started off with my entrepreneurial journey they helped me a lot. I use to brainstorm about the idea with my career counselors and they help me connect with the right people.
One more point I want to mention is that each student had a personal coach and we had one to one sessions discussing our strengths and weakness. I personally found this very very helpful.
2. How does the job hunting process work in the Netherlands?
As an international non-Dutch speaking expat it takes on an average around three to four months to get a job after you graduate. However many students manage to get a job even before they graduate.
In the Netherlands, international students will have one year as your search visa after you graduate. They can also avail that within 3 years after graduation.
This is to be taken into consideration unlike Indian Business Schools, do not have campus placements here.
Your application process consists of two parts your Resume and the Cover letter. You will have to customize your cover letter for all the companies you apply to.
Normally you will have CV writing learning labs. These learning labs are very important because you will come to know about the resume format the cover letter format used in Europe/ Netherlands.
3. Tips for CV, interview and overall job-search process for international students in the Netherlands and Europe in general.
- Very short and to the point. Maximum of two pages.
- Attach your professional photo along with phone number, email, and address at the top of your resume.
Read the company website thoroughly, follow the tweets and come up with a strong point on WHY do you want to join the company. For example, ABN Amro has a huge social service and how your thoughts align with the serves they provide.
4. Could you please share your experience of working at Atos?
Atos is a Dutch IT Firm. I had an internship with Atos immediately after finishing my masters. The internship was provided from TIAS via an alumnus.
I worked with the management team and my activities consisted of coordinating between the different teams. Though the company had many internationals including Indians most of them work in the IT Department. So my teammates were mostly Dutch.
Dutch people are very direct. So one has to get used to them. As a colleague, they are helpful and friendly. Unlike India, the Dutch start early in the morning and try to wrap up work by 1700 hours. The Dutch prefer early dinner and the ideal dinner time is something between 1730 hours to 1900 hours.
They have a quick lunch in the office (mostly bread and cheese), warm food is reserved mostly for dinner with family. Your manager doesn’t call you on the weekend for work and you are not expected to work on the weekends. In general, your leaves get approved easily and office culture appreciates your need to go on a vacation.
6. Salaries for international students in the Netherlands.
All the international students in my batch who have stayed back in the Netherlands have managed to find themselves a job.
The average salary for a masters graduate is something between 45 to 55k (Euros p.a.).
Since traveling in Europe is very expensive, by Dutch law, the companies cover the traveling expenses of the employees.
The tax in the Netherlands is very high (compared to the US and India), but the social benefits are great(better than Us and India).
7. What are your views on the language barrier in Europe? Did you need to learn Dutch in order to get your job (or to gel with your colleagues)?
80 % percent of the Dutch people speak English which makes the Netherlands a favorite place for international expats.
No, even after spending almost 3 and a half years here. I do not speak Dutch yet and I have never faced any problem.
In this podcast, an international MSc-BA student shares his experience of life as a Non-dutch speaking expat in the Netherlands.
Having said all, I still want to mention that I still want to learn Dutch but that is to know more about the language and the people. Knowing is definitely advantageous if you live in the Netherlands.
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Jobs after Masters in France for International Students
Q&A with Milind Singh
About Milind Singh: Milind did his Masters in International Business (MiB) from Grenoble Ecole de Management, Business School (France). Currently, he is Country Manager (India) for the French Business School, Ecole de Management Léonard de Vinci.
1. How does Leonardo de Vinci help (or support) international students with their job search (counseling, CV review, etc.)?
We have a dedicated career development center which aids the students in crafting the CV, cover letter, mock interviews, simulations etc.
We have two job fairs devoted only to International Students with more than 80 companies visiting the campus. Plus we have an online portal for the students who can apply to a number of jobs available.
We also have a w offers exclusively for our students in the portal.
2. How does the job hunting process work in France?
There are three ways to search for a job in France.
- Go to the website of the company and apply online, if your profile goes through you will receive an interview invite
- Networking events and through acquittances for roles. Many success stories are written in this manner
- References- Internal or External
3. Tips for CV, interview and overall job-search process for international students in France and Europe in general.
One page CV and the most thing is the Cover letter. In the job search process make a relationship first rather jumping on the final question i.e. the job. Focus on networking and be a part of a number of networking and social events.
4. What are your views on the language barrier in Europe? Is French knowledge also required for IT/Software guys?
French is not required in IT, Analytics, Strategy or Marketing jobs which all are backstage jobs. If there is anything which requires direct public dealing then there is a necessity of French Language.
5. Do you recommend international (or Indian) students to learn French during their Masters?
French will be a module which the students need to pass in order to get a degree as per the law of the French Government.
6. Could you please share a few stats on the employability of international students at Leonardo de Vinci in the last 2/3 years?
Students are working in companies like- Havas Media Group, Airbus, Schneider Electric, General Electric, Nissan. Remuneration depends on different levels like- Internships, Contract Job, etc.
7. Are your students moving also moving to other countries (Germany, Netherlands, UK, Italy, etc.) for jobs?
There are a number of students who have opted for higher education like MBA, double Masters, and Ph.D. in other countries like UK, Germany, and Sweden. However, a good number of students are also working in Germany and the Netherlands.
8. What are the hottest/trending career paths (or jobs) in France right now?
Fintech, Financial Engineering, Finance, and Supply Chain Management.
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