At our language school, we see al lot of people at the beginning of their professional career.
They obtained their degree and now they are looking for – or have recently found – a job in a large national organisation that offers interesting opportunities for professional advancement.
At work they are suddenly confronted by the need to master the Dutch language. Many of their colleagues are from Flanders and the companies they work for have a national marketing strategy.
They see that the people in top positions are all multilingual and that speaking Dutch fluently is essential to move up.
The situation in the capital is the most striking. “In Brussels, half of job offers demand knowledge of Dutch, but only one job seeker out of five confirms they have an average knowledge of the other language,” says Jan Gatz, the spokesman of Actiris. That is a very good reason to take Dutch classes in Brussels.
And let’s not forget that the unemployment rate in Flanders is considerably lower than in Wallonia. If you can communicate reasonably well in Dutch, you could find a job in Flanders if you don’t live far from the linguistic border.
It is our vocation to help people boost their language skills as well and as fast as possible so that they can develop their true potential to the full.