It’s the year 2015 when Román decides to embark on a big adventure: to leave his home country of Spain. Of course, he did not do this without a reason or plan, as he was to join our program to start a new career and life in the Netherlands.
It was a decision that he would not regret. After all, he’s been working in the Netherlands for 7 years now. He’s settled perfectly, and as our ambassador, he often speaks with dentists who are in the same position he was back in 2015: considering a dentistry career in the Netherlands.
Román noticed how dentists from other countries often want to know how he, as a Spaniard, experiences life in the Netherlands, the differences with Spain, culturally, professionally and what an average work day looks like for him. Enough of a reason to dedicate an article to this very topic for all those other people out there who are still looking to find answers to these questions!
New culture, new colleagues
After Román successfully completed his Dutch language course at our Academy, he started working in the city of The Hague, where he still lives to this day.
In the beginning, he experienced some differences with his hometown Murcia, especially seeing as Dutch people tend to favour quieter places: on average, they are a bit more reserved in comparison to Spanish people. This reservedness is something he occasionally struggled with. But then another event happened that would change his mind and bring him closer the Dutch culture.
“During my first weeks, I had some trouble finding an apartment for my own and a colleague of mine proposed to stay over a couple of days at her place until I could arrange a new home. There I was able to live with her husband and little child, feeling treated as a real part of the family. This is a gesture I will never forget.”
Despite needing some time, I found several friends to meet and share experiences, we often do sports, have a drink, go to parties or even travel around.
In addition to getting along well with his co-workers outside of work, he also has a good professional relationship with them. This applies to his first clinic, where he worked during his first 3 years in the Netherlands, as well as his current clinic, where he’s been working for 4 years and counting. In both clinics, he always maintained a good relationship with his colleagues, which has resulted in a satisfactory work environment.
Another topic that Román receives a lot of questions about is his professional development. First, you learn the language, but what happens next?
As Román also acknowledges himself, language plays a big part in all of this: “By knowing the language, I can deal with problems and expectations reaching the best treatment option for every person.” That is why Román has been successful at engaging with his patients, resulting in some of them even following him to different clinics, placing their trust in him.
In both of his clinics, Román has been granted many opportunities to develop himself professionally. “At my first clinic, I was able to follow an implantology course, which I could easily combine with my day-to-day work at the clinic.”
“Then, in my current clinic, I’ve so far been able to follow a postgraduation in endodontics in Valencia, and I’m currently focused on a postgraduation course in dental prostheses and oral rehabilitation in Barcelona. I enjoy this a lot and I really appreciate the opportunity of growing professionally and being able to perform some specialised treatments at my job.
And ultimately this is a win-win situation for everyone involved: the clinic has a motivated employee, who feels respected, along with some profit and the option of giving the most optimal treatment plan to their patients.