Step 2: Orientation

As a starter on the labour market, you have a lot of choices to make. Therefore, it is important to get to know your options. What kind of positions are there? Do I want to work at a big company, or small start-up? Should I start with a traineeship, or go directly for a job in a starting position? The sum of all these questions is: What suits me best? Here, we provide you with several options to find out what kind of career would suit you.

Attend career events

We offer several career events like trainings and events with employers that help you to find our which career suits you. Among other things, our career events help you explore your wishes and talents.

Interested in doing a PhD?

Interested in research? Do you want to stay in academia? Are you curiosity driven and want to contribute to academic knowledge that can be used to tackle world challenges? Are you keen to show that you can do this in an independent manner? If so, a PhD might be a good step in your career!

Learn about different types of vacancies and organisations

Exploring different vacancies can help you find out what you like about positions and which positions might not be a fit with you. Look for keywords in these vacancies and note those that you get enthusiastic about. Also, pay attention to the organisations behind the vacancies. Get informed about what they do and what their goals are.

How to find vacancies

There are a lot of places in which you can find vacancies. Here, we have made a selection of websites that might be useful in your search for an internship or job.

Follow curricular activities

Also within the curriculum you can find out what kind of career would suit you. Follow curricular activities such as Modular Skills Courses (MOS): Career Exploration (ELS65900), Networking (ELS66900), Entrepreneurial Skills (ELS66100), Management Skills (ELS66300), Pursuing and Realising Entrepreneurial Projects (ELS67700)

LinkedIn group: WUR students/graduates and employers meet and match

Student Career Services has created a LinkedIn group to actively promote WUR students and alumni who are searching for a job or internship at this moment. You have the opportunity to pitch yourself for a job or an internship. Employers can reach out to you within this group. Everybody who is related to WUR and actively searching for an internship or job is welcome to join.

Information for international students

Are you thinking about working in the Netherlands as a non-Dutch student? There are quite some things to keep in mind.

Personal career advice

Book an appointment with our career officer for personal career advice. Our career officer can help you in this step by for example showing you what kind of organisations are a fit with your study.

If you are not sure about what kind of position would fit you best, it is best to make an appointment with our career coach.

WUR alumni: from WUR to work

Are you wondering what you can do with your master’s degree? In this Youtube playlist, WUR alumni show you how their daily work life looks like. Some of them are doing research as a PhD’er while others started their own company.

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