I have been offered a staff role in an Oil and Gas Consultancy firm (global leader) to be situated in the Netherlands (Zoetemeer, a town of 115,000 outside the Hague).
I am 26. Graduated in 2005. I live in Australia and have never been overseas. My Mum is Dutch. English is my sole language. I have been working about 18 months total. At 3rd job which I love. I am a supervisor of my own department after some strong successes and accomplishments. Paid extremely well (above $140,000) for my age and experience. I have worked here for 3 months.
3 months ago I changed jobs. Had interviews organised with the big players. Loved the manager for the first interview (my current job) and when he couriered over a strong contract offer 3 hours later, I decided to accept. I took a night to think about it, accepted and cancelled all other interviews EXCEPT one. It was with a French Company as I wanted to travel and have a new start. It turned out that they wanted me in the Netherlands. After 3 interviews, video link up and people flying over to meet me in Australia, I have been offered the job. The Contract is supposedly on its way but I have not seen it yet.
1) Would you make the change?
Obviously my decision is my own and I will assess it, just curious as to otherís decisions in the circumstances.
2) What is the lifestyle like in Europe, especially the Netherlands?
Average work week?
What could you get away with?
3) What else do I need to know/do
* How much would I need to relocate? Eg. It must be pretty expensive buying everything such as new clothes (different climate) and all the household goods.
They said that they would provide an apartment initially but recommended purchasing a property due to the favourable conditions for homeowners.