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Advice required - Java/J2EE opportunities in Belgium

Manikandan Swaminathan
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Joined: Aug 10, 2008
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I am a java professional with 8+ years of experience currently working in an Indian MNC.
My skill sets are core java,JSP,Servlets,Struts,Spring,Hibernate & Oracle PL/SQL.
With this skill sets is it possible for me to get a job in Belgium? Please note that i dont have any international exposure in Europe.
Request your valuable comments in this regard.

Thanks in advance.
Maneesh Godbole
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Joined: Jul 26, 2007
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If I were you, I would start by asking, what is it I have that would make prospective employers interested in me.

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chris webster

Joined: Mar 01, 2009
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A few questions you need to consider:

Do you speak French?
Do you speak Dutch (Flemish)?
Do you have a work permit for an EU country?

Many jobs in Belgium require you to speak one of the national languages (French or Flemish/Dutch), although others will be using English as the working language. In any case, you will probably find it easier to manage things like finding accommodation, dealing with banks and authorities etc if you speak a bit of one of the local languages. Lack of experience of working in Europe may be a problem in some countries (although it doesn't seem to stop people getting work here in the UK so that may be an option for you). Also, if you are applying directly to employers, they may not be willing to spend months going through the process of applying for a work permit on your behalf if they can recruit somebody else with the same skills locally. You'll need to research the specific permit regulations for Belgium.

You should probably start looking at the job sites to get a sense of what skills are in demand in Belgium e.g. Job Server often has jobs in Belgium. I'm not sure how many pure development jobs there are these days (a lot of that kind of work has gone to India) so you might need to be able to offer more specialised analysis/design/business skills, or knowledge of a particular business area such as banking, telecoms etc

Good luck.

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Sai Surya
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Joined: Feb 08, 2006
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I can think two solutions to get a job in Europe from India.

1. Join any Indian company which can send you to Europe onsite.
2. Learn any european language, not just learning get a diploma in it. This surely attract some opportunities there and even in Indian companies will be interested to send you over there.
I think its possible to learn any foreign language within an year with determination.

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