Last Saturday I went to Amsterdam RAI and attended De Nederlandse Carrièredagen 2011 (the Dutch Career Days 2011). Besides the bag of little gifts from the exhibitors, I brought a truckload of questions home.
Under such gloomy economic climate, I was curious who would like to dip their toes in this career bazaar. No wonder quite a few foreign students showed up and talked to the exhibitors...in English. 'Can you speak Dutch?' I asked several Asians. All the answers were "No". Do I want to work in Holland? Can I speak Dutch well? These are the tough but realistic questions I also have to face two years later.
There was a stand that offered career advice: you could receive a list of five employers most suitable for your characteristics by answering fifty related questions. The questions were in Dutch. Thanks to the Van Dale in my rucksack I could scrape through the survey and got five strange names I had never heard of: Capgemini, TNO, TCPM, ORMIT, ABB Benelux. I've written them down on a post-it and put it in my wallet, in addition I created an event "Wallet checking" in my Gmail on November 26, 2013. I'm just curious if that company KIESJEWERKGEVER is a top fortune-teller.
This weekend trip was more like a warming-up scouting to remind myself: one day I will have to leave the Neverland and start my career. But now, carpe diem, right?
Vid of the week: tips for right career choice