basica wrote:Good luck with it, like Xenops has stated your work experience should factor in considerably. Any particular reason you're waiting a while before applying though? Surely a C1 level in French would be enough to work in a Walloon area?
EDIT: Misread your currently level, ignore.
Hey basica, thanks for dropping by. You’ve prompted me to elaborate a little anyway.
For nurses who have trained outside the EU, Norway or Switzerland, the general rule is, to be able to gain employment in one of those countries you must provide proof of, or be able to pass a test to the level of B2. I have a B2 in French, passed in May this year, thus no drama. I’m very pleased about that
Still, my desire to pass a B2 in French was not about nursing, it was about loving the language, but I also have ambitions to live and work in a francophone country, so it did become a necessity by default.
For those with EU citizenship AND having trained within the EU/Switz/NO, then the language level is lowered. I am not sure what happens here whether the law is different for each country, or whether it’s a professional standard, or even just a job by job selection criteria set by the employer at the time. I have seen agencies advertising for work in Belgium in aged care asking that nurses applying have at least a B1 level of French and for Flemish/Dutch an A2 minimum. Much lower than B2. And since the NZ nurse I have been in contact with stated her French was poor, it also seems that non-EU/Switz/NO trained nurses can fall under the same more lax rules only once they have their nursing qualfications deemed equivalent in any one European country.
Theoretically therefore, I could get a job in Belgium, then go and work in -insert random European country- with only requiring a much lower level of local language ability. I don’t necessarily advocate poor language ability for nurses in Europe, this is just a point of interest. It would mean I could go and work in -random European country- and work hard on location
to raise my language level as opposed to studying harder and longer outside the country.
Why C1? I want to get there from a language perspective because I’ve had this aim for a long time: to reach C1 (maybe C2) in French before returning to study another/more language(s). And now I have the extra motivation in that I feel it will look pretty awesome from an employer perspective as well to have an Australian nurse speaking excellent advanced French when applying for a nursing position in Belgium. That can only help my chances of employment and diminish the likelihood of having to do a considerably longer conversion course (they seem to stipulate how much of a ‘gap’ you may have in your ability to function in the European country in question by a combination of educational background, experience, assessment of nursing skills and language ability). From a plethora of blogs I’ve read on such topics, the better your language skills, the more confidence they’ll have in you and the more chance you’ll have of passing any form of assessment if required.
If I do end up in the favourable position of being able to bring my Dutch up to a higher level again (post French), this will only help me in terms of gaining employment in Belgium too. And in contrast to doing further nursing studies here in Australia, I have a buring desire to pass those French exams so that I can power through some Dutch again and bring it up to scratch. That’s the long and the short of it
EDIT: Also the reason for the wait is financial. With a family expenses are higher, so saving takes longer and on arrival we want to have a bit of room to move. And thanks for the ‘good luck’!