Career advice and coaching

Want to be as prepared as can be when you start searching for an internship or job? Student Career Services is here to help you. We can check your CV, motivation letter and LinkedIn or provide Career advice and Career Coaching. See below for the possibilities.
We are looking forward to see you in our office, room 010 in Forum.

Career Advice

During your study you already get in contact with the labour market via excursions, project group work, Academic Consultancy Training (ACT), guest lectures of company representatives and internship or thesis. Around 35-40% of our students finds a job via their internship or thesis project.

Gaining self-knowledge and focussing on your talents and passions is important to get the position that gives you energy and in which you thrive best in.

Curricular activities

  • Bachelor: during the Bachelor phase you will start orientating about your competences, talents and interests. Some study programmes have their own self-assessment tools; the Personal Motivation Assessment (ELS-51901) is offered to all Bachelor students. 
  • Bachelor: Trigger your talent
  • Master: during the Master you will orientate yourself more towards what type of job fits you best, for example do you want to work as an researcher, advisor or consultant, project manager, entrepreneur or stay in academia. The course Career Development & Planning (ELS-65900) will help you in explaining your preferences and capabilities in a clear way and prepares you on how to profile yourself towards the labour market. 
  • Special Tracks: Teacher Training for BSc and MSc students and Entrepreneurship for MSc students.

Helping each other with finding jobs

In Wageningen a group of job seekers organized themselves to help each other in finding jobs.The name of this initiative is Werkwiel Wageningen. Job search activities including workshops are free of charge. Registration is greatly appreciated, but not mandatory. You are more than welcome to join the group, share your experiences and get inspired.Time and place: Every Tuesday except holidays in the canteen of Sport Centre De Vlinder, Hollandseweg 7, from 9.30 until 11.30 a.m. For information and questions or registration, please email Werkwiel

Information for international students

If you want to work in the Netherlands, you can visit www.careerinholland.nl for reliable and up-to-date information. If you are an EU/EEA member you can work in the Netherlands without restrictions. If you come from outside the EU/EEA, you need to have a work permit and sometimes you need additional insurance. You can find a list of recognised sponsors here. The student service centre can tell you more about the specific regulations that apply to you. If you want to stay in the Netherlands we advise you to learn the Dutch language, this increases your chances of finding a job.

The website of Career in Holland provides up-to-date information on:

The impact of COVID-19 is felt throughout the globe and has also had an effect on the Dutch labour market and economy. Following these developments, RVO, IND and Nuffic have developed an information sheet for international students. The information sheet sets out different options available for them to stay in the Netherlands after graduation.

Download the flyer: Important message regarding staying in the Netherlands after graduation.

Career Coaching

Elizabeth Oenema is our Career Coach. She is experienced in guiding students. She will support students and graduates with questions or concerns related to job searching or finding the right career path. In a confidential setting you will sit down with her and discuss questions, doubts or struggles you may face. With an open mind and a non-judgmental approach, she will analyze the situation, use coaching interventions to create (more)self-awareness, reflect on behavior in order to help you grow and gain trust and confidence.

The coaching can include the following topics:

  • Define your core qualities
  • Determine your work values and/or life values
  • 360 degree feedback
  • Branding yourself
  • Strategy to explore the labor market
  • Practice a job interview (STAR method)

How to schedule a coach session Send an e-mail to studentcareerservices@wur.nl and include:

Ø  Most recent resume

Ø  Subject of your question

Ø  Your contact details (telephone number + Skype address)

Available timeslots on Thursday and Friday:09:00-09:4510:15-11:0011:30-12:1513:15-14:0014:30-15:1515:45-16:30

You will in return receive a timeslot proposal. Important Note: During this Corona time, we will have Skype sessions, instead of face-to-face meetings.

We look forward meeting you and guide you further in your personal and professional development.

Dear student/recent graduate

As of July 20th up until the 16th of August, Elizabeth Oenema (Student Career Coach) is on holiday.

During this period the Career Coaching will be set on hold.

In case you want to schedule a coaching session, she will be back by August 17th, hence career coach requests will be taken care of by then.

Please, send your CV + your career question + your available date(s) and she will follow up on your request by her return in the office.

For other career related questions, please note that the Student Career Services office is open over the summer and available via studentcareerservices@wur.nl

Enjoy the summertime!

Check CV, motivation letter, LinkedIn, online Career modules

From Monday to Thursday from 09:00 to 17:00 you can have your CV, motivation letter or LinkedIn page checked in the office of Student Career Services in Forum room 010. On appointment you can get support in finding a job or internship (email: studentcareerservices@wur.nl).

WUR Student Career Services works together with all the Dutch University Career Centres. Via this collaboration Maastricht University has given us free access to the their online Career modules to improve your skills.