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Course overview

Are you new to Holland and confused by Dutch corporate culture? This intensive boot camp will give you all the insight, practical soft skills, and confidence you need to make the most of your career in the Netherlands.

If you’re new to Holland, a lot of things may be different from what you're used to in the workplace. For example, Dutch colleagues expect you to always say what you think – even if it means contradicting your boss. And you can expect them to comment on your work, too. Dutch jobs come with a lot of freedom – and a lot of responsibility, right from the start. What's the best way to handle that? And all those seemingly endless meetings – how do you ever get things done? How do you move decisions in the right direction, when it's unclear who's in charge of making them?

All these unfamiliar things can frustrate you and make you feel like you're not performing at your best. Fortunately, many of the skills you need to work effectively and rewardingly in the Netherlands can be learned. And once you've learned them, you may join the ranks of the many professionals who wouldn't want to live without them.

Also, read the article: "The expat's guide to working in Dutch high tech".


€ 575,00 excl. VAT


1 day




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28-09-2020 | 09:00 - 17:00


You'll learn the history behind the Netherlands' unique approach to work, and why it's a plus in the technology industry. You'll also practice the concrete day-to-day skills you need to survive – and thrive.

This intensive boot camp covers: 

  • The specifics of the Dutch business culture and how it developed;
  • Why the Dutch approach is so successful in the high tech industry, and how it meets the needs of high tech engineers;
  • How to speak up in every situation (even when it means contradicting your boss);
  • How to respond professionally to harsh criticism;
  • How to handle mistakes and things you don't know;
  • What to do about all those endless meetings;
  • How does decision making work and how can I best contribute and influence?.

So all the major do's and sensitive issues - including what you definitely should'nt do!

vIntended for

Non-Dutch technology professionals working with Dutch colleagues, in the Netherlands or abroad. This in-depth course is designed for technology professionals engaged in complex system development.


  • Insight in the Dutch corporate tech culture: its background, history, and traits;
  • How does your personal background compare to the Dutch High Tech Work culture?;
  • How to handle the uniquely Dutch approach to offering criticism, the famous Dutch frankness;
  • How to speak up and maximize your influence (even feedback to your boss is appreciated);
  • How to make your point, but not being overly aggressive;
  • How to deal with all these meetings;
  • What makes this approach such a success in high tech;
  • How to maximize your influence: stakeholder management in a flat organization;
  • How to drive for decisions, supported by all participants;
  • What not to do (what will make your career go south fast).


Action learning, lectures, exercises, discussions, role-plays.


Participants will receive a High Tech Institute course certificate for attending this training.

vPersonal action plan

The program provides a theoretically sound foundation, then turns it into practical action using participants' specific, real-world situations. As a result, you can apply what you've learned the very next day. At the end of the course, you'll have a complete personal action plan to take forward.

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