Dual career programme

Talented prospective staff often have 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 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.

If your partner holds a guest position, please reach to us by sending an email to HRServices@tudelft.nl, to inquire the available options within the Dual Career Programme. 

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
  • Online meeting with Coming to Delft Service advisor.
  • Intake meeting with a Career Coach to agree on a personal programme and intended result.
  • Sign your agreement.
  • Start of your personalized Dual Career Programme 
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. Have a look at the agenda for the upcoming workshops.
  • Improve your CV and job search strategy with your career coach (if applicable)
  • Draw up a Personal and Job Search 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 once you have reached your intended results. 
  • Discuss your Personal and Job Search profile with the Dual Career Officer who will assist you in your job search and introduce you where possible.

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 workshops of the Dual Career Programme. 
  • Sign your 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. Have a look at the agenda for the upcoming workshops. 
  • Draw up a Personal and Job Search 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
  • Online meeting with the Coming to Delft Service advisor to discuss your progress and to check your eligibility to enter the Dual Career Network.
  • Discuss your Personal and Job Search profile with the Dual Career Officer who will assist in your job search and introduce you where possible.

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

As all of our workshops are taught entirely in English, participants must demonstrate a good command of the English language, both spoken and written (comparable with Cambridge level B2). In the job market your changes will increase if one can speak English and/or Dutch.

There are resources available to assist someone wanting to improve his or her Dutch. Here you can find an extensive overview of Dutch 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)