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Stuck in Belgium..

#1 Stuck in Belgium..
03/08/2009 10:56


I was graudated in Durham University with a Master degree in Law, and came here the so-called 'center of Europe' with my newly weded husband, and now I am acutally getting frustrated and disappointed...

The belgium is just not that International and open to people who can only speak ENGLISH!!

Most jobs here would require you at least one of their national languages or 2 or 3 other European languages.

Honestly,people with that kind of language skills would find themselves much better payment in countries like US or Asian countries, but here with those heavy heavy taxes, you just get hand-to-mouth payment even if you are trilingual.

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#2 RE: Stuck in Belgium..
03/08/2009 11:28

dutchconsultant to Jing (#1)

Jing, I think your english is just not good enough (your post is just appalling).

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#3 RE: Stuck in Belgium..
03/08/2009 15:52

Mr Cool to Jing (#1)


Your frustration really comes through in your mail, so please accept this as constructive criticism.

1) You don't make it clear what your chosen career path is? Consultancy? Law? In both of these "polish" and communication skills are more important than general business.

2) Trilingual Belgians would not earn more money per se in the US or Asia, as most of them speak English, Flemish and French. Of these only english is in universal demand around the world (I'm not saying the others aren't useful in certain niche countries!) Many Belgians just grow up bilingual or trilingual.

3) Previous poster has a point - your english does not come across as native/fluent level. Do you speak another language - could that be a useful niche skill on which to market yourself?

4) Life is tough and twice so for anyone that migrates to another country. There is a long history of university professors ending up working as janitors simply because they don't speak the language of their new country. However unfair you feel it is, it is wrong to blame the country! You chose to go there. Compare yourself with the thousands of migrants who flee murderous wars and find themselves eking out a living on the margins of society.

5) There is an equally long history of migrants of all nationalities, creeds and colours channeling their frustration into starting a new business. They soon find that while employers can be very prissy about grammer and accents, business owners are much less bothered about these things when you are providing them a killer product or super reliable service at a great price.

Its up to you. Blame the world or show it what you're made of.

Good luck

PS If you think I'm giving you generic advice? No, I too found myself in a foreign country where I spoke very little of the language. Realising that the best job I could get would be filling shelves in a supermarket, I started my own enterprise and ran it profitably until I returned to the UK. In the process I became fluent in a second language, through dealing with suppliers, clients, accountants, tax authorities, etc.

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