Dual career programme

Talented prospective staff often have spouses or partners who will accompany them to the Netherlands and may also wish to advance their careers. The Coming to Delft Service set up a Dual Career Programme that assists partners in building up a new professional and social network and seeking employment, and offers support while they adjust to daily life in a new environment. The programme operates in close cooperation with Leiden University and Erasmus University (Rotterdam).

Who's eligible?

You are eligible for the Dual Career Programme if (1) your partner or spouse is a TU Delft staff member who holds a salaried position, and (2) you are considering relocating to Delft or have done so in the past two years, and are looking for work in the Delft area or the Netherlands.

TU Delft has created two categories of people eligible for this programme:

What to expect in Category 1:

We offer a personalised three-step programme intended to suit each individual's unique needs by providing support and training, and creating excitement around your job search.

Phase 1: Orientation
  • Intake interview (in person or via Skype) with Coming to Delft Service advisor.
  • Register online for the Dual Career Programme and upload your most recent CV.
  • Sign your participation agreement.
  • Follow-up meeting with a career counsellor (in person or via Skype) and formulate your personal action plan. (This could include an individual coaching session.)
Phase 2: Training
  • Participate in (group) workshops organised by the Coming to Delft Service that enhance your knowledge and understanding of the Dutch job market and your confidence to enter it.
  • Improve your CV and job search strategy with a career counsellor (if applicable)
  • Draw up a personal labour market profile.
  • Start building up your professional network. 


Thinking about starting up your own business? The Dutch Chamber of Commerce provides information on the local laws and regulations you will need to be aware of while getting organised.

Phase 3: Dual Career Network
  • Enter the Dual Career Network.
  • Discuss your personal labour market profile with the Business Relations Officer who will assist in your job search and introduce you where possible.


Together with Erasmus University and Leiden University, TU Delft aims to bridge the gap between you and the Dutch labour market. By networking, offering lectures and creating positions and internships where you can gain work experience, we try to interest companies in the region in partners of our international staff. 

Please note: The programme offers guidance in finding a job, but offers no guarantee. The participant is and will remain responsible for his/her own career path.

What to expect in Category 2:

We offer a personalised three-step programme intended to suit your needs by providing training and support, and creating excitement around your job search.

Phase 1: Orientation
  • Register for the Partner Career Workshop online via the event registration form.
  • Sign your participation agreement. (This will be emailed to you by the Coming to Delft Service.)
Phase 2: Training
  • Actively participate in (group) workshops organised by the Coming to Delft Service that enhance your knowledge and understanding of the Dutch labour market and your confidence to enter it.
  • Draw up a personal labour market profile.
  • Start building up your professional network.


Thinking about starting up your own business? The Dutch Chamber of Commerce provides information on the local laws and regulations you will need to be aware of while getting organised.

Phase 3: Dual Career Network
  • Enter the Dual Career Network.
  • Discuss your personal labour market profile with the Business Relations Officer who will assist in your job search and introduce you where possible.


Together with Erasmus University and Leiden University, TU Delft aims to bridge the gap between you and the Dutch labour market. By networking, offering lectures and creating positions and internships where you can gain work experience, we try to interest companies in the region in partners of our international staff. 

Please note: The programme offers guidance in finding a job, but offers no guarantee. The participant is and will remain responsible for his/her own career path.

Language proficiency

Ideally, someone looking for a job in the Delft area would speak both Dutch and English. The Delft area and the Netherlands generally are sufficiently international, however, that it is often possible to find work if one's English is strong. There are resources available to assist someone wanting to improve his or her English, as well as Dutch. For learning Dutch see [5.5] Culture and language; Learning Dutch.

Download here an extended overview of English language courses and practice in Delft area.

 

 

More information and resources on working in the Netherlands:

Visit these websites: 

  • ACCESS Netherlands (For information about finding a job in the Netherlands)
  • I am expat (For information about living and working in the Netherlands)
  • Werk.nl (For information and advice on finding a job in the Netherlands)
  • Expatica (For advice how to write a Dutch CV and interview tips for a job application)

The following job board sites and agencies focus on international experts:

  • Undutchables (A recruitment agency for jobs in the Netherlands)
  • Academic Transfer (For academic and institutional research vacancies in the Netherlands - English)
  • EURAXESS (For vacancies in scientific research throughout Europe - English)
  • Stepstone (For vacancies in the Netherlands in a wide variety of professions – English and Dutch)
  • Unique (For vacancies in the Netherlands in a wide variety of professions – English and Dutch)
  • Octagon (For vacancies in the Netherlands in a wide variety of professions – English and Dutch) 
  • Together Abroad (For vacancies throughout the Netherlands in a wide variety of professions and with a wide variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds - English)
  • Careers in Holland (For vacancies throughout the Netherlands for people with a background in science, engineering and technology - English)