Today companies favour CV with international experience and degrees gained abroad (see our section on Erasmus).
An experience abroad will allow you to:
In order to help you to find a job for an experience abroad, we have selected a few organisations for each of the themes below.
Job Hunting in Belgium
Paid work seems to be the norm in the youth community nowadays in Belgium: according to studies, 90% of the students have a job and contracts alongside their degree studies.
For jobs, their networks (friends, aquintance, relatives) are more important, but students have also the possibility to join, during summer for example (but also during the school year), temping agencies (one out of three students is doing a job through a temping agency in Belgium).
Do not forget the employment departement of Universities, High schools, available to students that are registered only.
Summer jobs and vacancies in bars, hotels, restaurant, catering
A few doors to knock at and ask for any vacancies:
The margin of incomes is vast: the majority of students earn about 1500 euros/year, some get more than 2000 euros.
Au pairs in Belgium can expect to earn at least 450€
The student employment contract
The student employment contract (contrat d'occupation d'étudiant) is a work contract with a time-limit between a student and an employer, with the student getting a salary for his/her work. Making a formal student work contract is not mandatory (it is possible to sign a standard employee contract instead), however it allows to keep the quality of dependent person for the social security services, whatever is the level of benefits...
This type of contract is available from 15 years old for Belgians and citizens of the European Economic Area, if they follow an education degree in Belgium (secondary education, higher education or university), or part time education.
Foreign nationals of a non-member country of the EEA can get a student job, but under some conditions (expaecially regarding the work permit, see below).
Students that cannot sign up a student employment contract can always work under a standard work contract with a full time or part time status. A student may also work with a self-employed status.
More information on the CIDJ website.
Working holiday visa
Visa requirements are crucial to your trip planning.
A valid passport is required for everyone except EU Nationals who can use a valid ID card. For them, the resident permit card (carte de séjour) is not mandatory for stays for less than 3 months. But they will have to declare their residence to the local authorities or to the police office within a very short period (8 days in Belgium).
Non EU nationals will have to show a valid visa and a work permit if they want to work. A resident permit must be requested within the 8 days period.
A youth card or student card can offer you a lot of advantages abroad and is a recognition of your status. Two international cards will give you discounts and are essential for those taking a gap year or going backpacking:
What the Cards offer:
You can apply directly online to get the cards (http://www.isiccard.com) or by asking your University or youth centers.
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