Make a living with Polish/economy
Thinking of your own market value, would you go for a course with 500 other students or would you prefer one with only five? The students doing the course with 500 others found an answer to the question: ‘what can I be after my studies’, those who had five fellow students were able to answer the question ‘who am I after my studies?
The latter kind of student realises that s/he can grow and develop as a person by studying. The UvA-course ‘Polish Language and Culture’ is a BA study path that caters for this deeper urge for knowledge and self-fulfillment and as such it does not only attract students who start out with a taste for Poland.
What can you achieve by studying Polish? A lot will depend on the extent in which you are prepared to apply your personality to practice a trade or do a job. We will point out the doors to careers that might be opened with knowledge of Polish and Poland. Students who graduated from this course have found employment as translators, researchers, in the mass media as well as in trade, industry and corporate life. There are a great many Dutch companies that are active in Poland. Check out the website of the Netherlands-Polish Chamber of Commerce. There is a long list of members with links to their websites.
The question why it is worthwhile - in personal as well as professional respect - to study Polish for scholarly, cultural, political and historic reasons is answered elsewhere on this website. Here we attempt to clarify the more economical motivations that could convince you to choose our bachelor. André Schuurman, CO of advisory agency KPMG (whose paper on the subject can be accessed here on page 16) mentions the following points:
1. Poland has a very substantial internal market with excellent prospects for growth
A. At the moment Poland is the sixth largest market in the EU;
B. Poland’s middle class is on the rise, driven by a stabile economy and constant grow of the GNP.
2. Poland is at the heart of the ‘New Europe’
A. Poland lies in the very center of Europe - a geopolitical situation that allows easy access not only to The Netherlands, but also to the other EU-countries;
B. Poland’s position is a bridge between western Europe and the rich resources of the CIS-countries (Commonwealth of Independent states: the former countries of the Soviet Union minus the Baltic States).
3. Poland provides cheap but high quality labour
A. Labour is cheap compared to the rest of Europe;
B. The labour force is highly skilled [on a par with Germany], hard working and reliable.
4. Poland has stable and supportive authorities
A. The political situation in Poland is very stable;
B. Foreign investors are welcomed with open arms;
C. There are especially developed authorities to support and aid foreign investors in Poland.
5. There is a truly massive flow of EU funds towards the Polish economy
There are substantial investments in the infrastructure and the development of Poland’s rural areas.