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Preparation for the job market

You’ve graduated, and now what? Employability enhancement and the development of the skills and competences that are needed for the job market of the future are becoming increasingly important aspects of curricula at Leiden University.

21st century skills

Academic competences, problem-solving skills and the ability to think critically and creatively are important elements in our teaching. Leiden students also develop skills that are currently referred to as 21st-century skills: the ability to work together in teams, international and intercultural competences, entrepreneurship and leadership skills and digital proficiency. With these skills, students are better equipped for the job market and for the world of tomorrow.

Alumni and employers

Via contacts with alumni and employers we are able to gain a good impression of the skills and competences that are expected of graduates. The university also guides students in making the step from university to the job market so that our alumni are truly able to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired for the benefit of society.


Employability enhancement is one of the ambitions of the Learning@LeidenUniversity vision on teaching and learning. All the initiatives by programmes and supporting services for students aimed at job market orientation are put in the vision on teaching and learning and brought together in the Job Market Preparation Project. This project aims to offer all students at Leiden University the skills they need for the job market.

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