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Career services

Have you thought yet about what you’ll do once you’ve completed your master’s? At Leiden University we ensure that all our students are well prepared for the job market, and we do our utmost to help you get your career off to a flying start.

Career Services

With a master’s degree from Leiden University you’ll be very well placed to enter the job market. And to help you in this crucial new phase of your life you can make use of our Career Services, which you can find in the Plexus student centre. Career Services is there to help you in the transition from study to work, and to answer questions related to your career, your personal profile, the job market and applying for a job.

You can go to Career Services for such matters as:

  • Career-related advice.
  • Internship advice
  • Choice of master’s and subsequent career options
  • Career tests
  • Information about career orientation and applying for jobs
  • Workshops.
  • Checking your CV and job application letter
  • Information meetings

21st-century Skills

In all our master’s programmes, as well as in the way we support our students, Leiden University devotes a lot of attention to the job market and developing the necessary skills and competencies. During your master’s programme, you will work on the so-called “21st-century skills”, which include:

  • The ability to work together in teams
  • International and intercultural competencies
  • Entrepreneurial and leadership skills
  • Digital competencies

LU Career Zone

If you’re wondering whether your preparations for the job market are on track, or if you’d like to know what you could do to increase your chances of landing the right job, then you should visit the online LU Career Zone. On this career website you’ll find advice, information and tools to help you:

  • Draw up a career roadmap
  • With tips for compiling your CV and applying for a job
  • With tests that will give you insight into your personal profile
  • With entrepreneurial issues
  • By providing an overview of professions and profiles per programme

Leiden University Mentor Network

If you’re looking for advice from professionals in the work arena, you can unleash the knowledge and experience that could be at your fingertips in the Leiden University Mentor Network. Thanks to this online platform, you can easily contact experienced alumni in your chosen field and ask them for advice on career choices and opportunities. You can also ask a mentor if you want to know more about a particular organisation and how it works. Read more at the website of Leiden University Mentor Network

Young Alumni Network

The Leiden University Mentor Network is complemented by the Young Alumni Network, which is for alumni up to the age of 35. This network can help you with:

  • Networking
  • Career-related issues
  • Workshops
  • Coaching cafés

Good perspectives on the job market

Our own research has demonstrated that Leiden University alumni fare very well on the job market. No fewer than 74 per cent of our alumni are satisfied or extremely satisfied with their first job, and three-quarters of them find a job in less than three months.

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