If you consider yourself as a citizen of Europe and geographical borders are something long outdated to you… here are some options you may wish to consider if your aspirations are to land a job with a multinational company.
Firstly, you can earn your degree at a university in Bulgaria and then seek job opportunities within international companies located in the country. Despite recent negative criticism of the Bulgarian higher education system, if you are a person eager to acquire knowledge with a clear vision of your future, you should seize each and every opportunity that comes your way. I’m not going to preach about the importance of knowledge… I’ll spare you that :). So I’m going straight to the opportunities that the EU Erasmus Program presents – And do not pass them by too easily. The student exchange among partner universities is an excellent opportunity to spend a semester abroad. So I plead with you :). Don’t miss this opportunity.
Check out the webpage of your university and get familiar with the requirements. Stay up to date with the conferences, workshops and seminars, both in Bulgaria and abroad that you can apply for and earn a slot in. You can do your internship at an international company in Bulgaria as almost all of them provide such opportunities for university students. What we can do best is assist you in finding the internship that suits your unique needs. With all said, the perspective to study and work in Bulgaria no longer seems to be gloomy, does it? :). To sum it up, studying and working in Bulgaria would mean that you can stay in a familiar environment with your family and friends on-hand close by. And you’ll be given the chance to get acquainted with the corporate culture within both a local and international company. However, you should bear in mind that for good career prospects you need not only the expertise in your area of specialisation but also very good language and communication skills. Today the minimum requirement is fluent English and additionally at least one more foreign language. If you find this too much now then later on you’ll realise that I was right. These are the new realities
Secondly, you can continue your education abroad. If you want to study and work in the Netherlands for example, here are some key sectors you should be aware of. Even before choosing a subject area in which to pursue a degree. And I guess you realise the challenges that will lie ahead of you such as: new environment, new culture and being far away from your family and friends. You are mature enough to know that you will experience some rough times :). On the other hand, consider it to be an excellent opportunity to make new friends and establish connections that may help you find the job you’ve always wanted :). Probably whilst surfing ‘the Net’ you’ve come across that piece of information saying that the completion of an internship is a mandatory requirement for graduation at most Dutch universities. It will give you first-hand experience and you will find out more about yourself if a job in the Netherlands is what you really want. Another thing to consider is good command of the Dutch language, without it finding a job there will be a mission impossible :). You can read a very useful article about these key sectors in the Dutch economy here: hollandalumni.nl. I will now draw your attention to just some of them. I will also outline some Bachelor’s and Master’s programs because the completion of which will increase your chances of finding a good job there.
The Netherlands has old well established traditions in architecture. Building projects pay special attention to the spatial design of a building, its sustainability and social context. Interior design, on the other hand, implements technology advancements in everyday life, defining how we experience our living environment. Many projects have been carried out in the area of visual communications, interactive design and ‘way finding,’ such as those at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam and J.F. Kennedy in New York. The development and production of video games is among the leading sectors in the Netherlands. Fashion and music also have a big role to play. If I mention the name of Armin van Buren, it will immediately bring back memories of his great performance in Sofia this spring
So here are some programs that could make a smooth transition into a job within the creative industries:
Bachelor in Urban Design, Saxion University of Applied Sciences
Interior Architecture, University of the Arts,The Hague
Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Pop, The Utrecht School of the Arts
Bachelor in Game Creation and Producing, Saxion University of Applied Sciences
Bachelor Game Architecture and Design, NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences
MA Creative Media and Game Technologies Digital Cultures, The Utrecht School of the Arts
Interactive Media Design, University of the Arts,The Hague
Fashion and Textile Technologies, Bachelor’s Program, Hogeschool van Amsterdam, University of Applied Sciences
The Netherlands is a major producer and broker of natural gas in Europe. The Groningen Energy Delta Institute is one of the leaders in providing training to executives in the gas sector. The country is one of the most energy efficient economies in the world. The research in the area of renewable energy sources has made the Netherlands a partner with a strong international reputation. For those of you who take an interest in the energy sector a prerequisite for a successful career would be the completion of programs such as:
European Master in Renweable Energy, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen
Sustainable Innovation, Bachelor’s Program, Eindhoven University of Technology
Chemistry: Science for Energy and Sustainability, Master’s Program, University of Amsterdam
Applied Physics, Bachelor’s Program, University of Groningen
Agriculture and food
By covering the whole agri-food chain, from seed to consumer, and in combination with very well developed logistics the Netherlands has become a key player in this sector and on a global scale. Dutch suppliers are innovative and hold leading positions in ingredients, enzymes, animal husbandry and biological crop protection, as well as machinery for poultry processing, bakery and cheese production. Wageningen University and Research Centre are among the leading agri-food and nutrition research hubs in Europe and the world. Another important aspect of Dutch agriculture is investment in environmental protection procedures and improvements in animal welfare. Wageningen University offers an abundance of programs in the area but the Bachelor’s courses are mainly taught in Dutch.
Master Organic Agriculture, Wageningen University
The Netherlands is famous for its greenhouse horticulture. It holds a leading position in green genomics which aims to achieve better yields, sustainable and safe production, resistance to disease, or taste and design changes.
Agribusiness and Business Administration, Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences
Horticulture and Business Management, HAS University of Applied Sciences
All sea ports in the Netherlands are serviced by companies specialised in storage, transshipment, industrial processing and auxiliary services, as well as packing, freight, warehousing and distribution. The country is also one of the leading road transport hubs in Europe and the largest inland shipper. Appropriate programs in this area would be:
Logistics Management (Economics), HAN University of Applied Sciences
International Logistics and Transport Management, NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences
IBA (Bachelor) Logistics and International Trade, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences
Master in Urban, Port & Transport Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam
As you can see there are plenty of opportunities for you to take the career path of choice. But it is up to you to choose the best one for you. Should you have any concerns or you just need someone to talk to, we are always at your disposal :). And remember: We are here for YOU!:)