Career Networking Events

Student-Alumni Career Talks for international students

The Career Networking Events are a good opportunity to connect with international UvA alumni of all disciplines. It will give you the chance to expand your network and learn how UvA alumni started their career in the Netherlands.

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Jump-start your career at the Career Networking Events

Each year, the UvA hosts a series of four Student-Alumni Career Talks in January, February and March, each focusing on a different career sector. The Career Talks feature a panel of international UvA-alumni who will share their experiences in finding a job in the Netherlands after graduation. During these highly interactive sessions you can learn from alumni career stories and advice. The panel discussion is followed by informal networking drinks with fellow students and alumni.

  • Learn how international alumni succeeded in starting their career in the Netherlands.
  • Gain insight into various career sectors in the Netherlands.
  • Build a professional network with international UvA-alumni who started their career in the Netherlands, representing a variety of fields.
  • Get connected with international students and alumni during the informal networking drink.
  • Learn how you can benefit from the UvA Student Careers Centre and UvA Development & Alumni Relations Office.

International jobs in the Netherlands

If you do not speak Dutch, it may seem difficult to find a job in the Netherlands as most job vacancies require Dutch language skills. However, the labour market in the Netherlands also has an international sector for which English is the business language and where an international background can be an advantage. 

Career sectors: specific strategies for finding a job

Each career sector has its own unwritten rules when it comes to finding work and successfully applying for a job. Some sectors require a formal approach and application, while for other sector this method will not serve you well. For this reason, we will host four Career Talks that will each highlight a different career sector. At each Career Talk, alumni who work in the specific sectors will share inside information and provide helpful advice.

The events took place on four Thursdays in February and March, each focusing on a different career sector:

  1. PhD and Research - 2 February
  2. Culture and Creative Sector – 16 February
  3. Non-Profit and NGO‘s - 2 March
  4. Startup and SME's - 9 March 

Which sector suits you best?

Whether you study IT, marketing, HRM, finance, English, communication or a different subject, it’s up to you to craft a career that incorporates your personal interests, motivation and skills. Perhaps you are interested in doing a PhD, inspired by the energy in the start-up scene, determined to work in the non-profit sector or curious what the business sector holds for you.

Attending one or more Student-Alumni Career Talks will elucidate the differences between the sectors and help you find out what suits you best. 

Target group

All international UvA students who are exploring the job market and considering their careers path are invited to join this session.

More information and registration

The events are free to attend for UvA students. However, you need to register. For more information about the upcoming Career Networking Events follow the Facebook page. The Career Networking Events are hosted by the UvA Development & Alumni Relations Office and the UvA Student Careers Centre.

Impression of the Career Networking Events 2016

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Published by  Studenten Services

27 March 2017