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hello, we as a family are looking into moving to Amsterdam,we need some advice on how to do this??
we don't speak dutch but are willing to learn, we need jobs i am a care assistant for the elderly at the moment but i have also worked in education as a support assistant would it be possible to still do this type of work ?? my partner has worked in sales in the past but knows it may be difficult to find jobs in this area any ideas??
our son is 14 so we need info on education for him?? we also have a 2year old Rottweiler who is stubborn and strong willed would he be able to come with us??
Any advice would be much appreciated.
Thank you

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    posted by  in Amsterdam forum 

    Hi, I have a slightly different experience, It might be from a younger standpoint which might mean more willing to take lower paying jobs, but oh well.

    First of all, when trying to learn dutch one of the challanges is that even people with a "poor level of English"tend to try and respond to you in English, you do get one or two people who will be offended when you speak to them in English, but they are few and far between. To get myself started in Dutch at a time I couldnt afford lessons, I told people I did not speak English and so they were forced to speak Dutch to me.

    As far as working in nursing goes, I work in the health care area and about 2 years ago applied for a role which is common in Holland. You are a care nurse who is based in a central building of a care centre, the patients are independant most of the time and although you can make rounds, they generally call when they need something, you may have to get them out of bed in the morning, put them to bed at night, help them with tasks, but only when they call. You do need to be able to communicate with them in Dutch, but elderly people are very good at understanding the hand and foot speaking.. so a basic level (enough to convey yourself in the interview) should be enough.

    I would suggest the best entry point is for your partner to apply to lots of recruitment agencies in Holland, the experiences with these agencies tend to differ a lot from one person to the next, but I would give it a go before you move. If you are very lucky (and I mean very lucky) he may be offered a package that includes a small financial and practical assistance in your relocation. It is hard work finiding a job at this time, and it can depend on what you are willing to accept, but I have a number of friends that can only ask for beer and count in dutch and have made a success for themselves here.

    But the best option is always the internet, try to get as much as possible organised before you make the decision to move. Maybe come over for a couple of weeks of interviews.

    I wish you lots of luck!

  • stela nazarova


    posted by  stela nazarova in Amsterdam forum 

    It is very difficult to find normal job without speaking Dutch in a good level. The only solution is to surch among international companies but i started 3 years ago learning the languages and the chances are bigger now.I also live with Dutch partner so the basic things i do not to arrange myself but Amsterdam is as much expensive as London so should be prepared to face difficulies if you come without saved money for a 3,4 months. Now people speak mostly Dutch even they know English. Only in the city center they like to speak English or among the international communities.:)

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