Stephan: “Employers respect you here”

David found a new tech job abroad via STAR Specialists

31-year-old Stephan comes from South Africa and has been working as a Process Operator at Dow Dupont Dordrecht since September ‘22.

“Through recruiters and via LinkedIn, I was actively looking for a job in The Netherlands. This country is safe with low crime rates, plus amazing public services – I can understand why the Netherlands are in the top 5 happiest countries! Unemployment rates are extremely low – just 4% compared to 30% in South Africa. People are so nice here, the work environment is so friendly, and employers respect you.”

“I didn’t respond to a particular vacancy but just sent Jurgen at STAR an email. He got in touch and did an incredibly good job. Together we looked for the best opportunity for me, found several options, and chose one that suited me best.”

“I have friends in The Hague and in Amsterdam, but I didn’t care much about the location. Compared to South Africa, every place is such a short drive in The Netherlands, like 1.5 hours’ drive max.”

“I’ve been here for 6 months now and am still very excited! It’s like a window of opportunities opening. I can grow within the company I work for. My girlfriend will join me shortly. Now the future is something to look forward to!”


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