I moved to holland in 2012, learnt Dutch, got a job and started school. Firstly they upped the hours required for eligibility from 32 to 56 per month without warning. This meant working 5 days a week on school, and ALL weekend at work. With the Dutch academic schedule this is grueling and too much. I suffered burnouts.
For my course, International Sports Management and Business at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, I am required to do 3 internships of 10, 18 and 22 weeks in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years respectively.
However as of 1 Jan 2015, a new employment law is passing meaning the job I have held for the last 2 years, (where I even became low level management) is under threat. My contract is finished on 14th February, and they are keen for me to extend and stay there,
However I go away 26th January for my first (10 week) internship. According to current Dutch law, I have to wait 12 weeks before I can be again taken on by the company. So this means I am out of pocket 3 month’s student finance which i would have, otherwise, been eligible for.
However under the new law, this 12 weeks period of waiting, extends to 24 weeks. This means if i leave end of January, I have to return from internship and have 14 weeks before I can rejoin my old employers.
Now, this leaves me with a few problems. Firstly, the ineligiblity of months of DUO.
Secondly, lost earnings.
Now scoring a job before i leave, and saying ‘see you in 10 weeks!’ is not gonna wash. As is returning from internship and beginning the search. As with time to look, interviews etc this is an extra month which I am out of pocket.
Additionally, even if I got a job straight away, the salary would not match that of my current job.
So now that I have followed all the rules, jumped through all the loops, I am again the victim of this ‘ double or nothing’ system.
I will be out of pocket 12 grand (6 grand student finance + 6 grand work) for the 6 months.
Any suggestions on what to do, as I am desperate. And I feel you/ others should be made aware that this system has problems. I feel like I am in the loophole, and being punished.