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Astronomy - Leiden University

Astronomy and Cosmology (MSc)

Career preparation

Leiden University offers you several services related to career orientation and job application skills

Preparation for the job market is integrated in the Astronomy master’s programme. You will learn what skills and competences are needed for finding a future job that fits you. We guide you in getting to know yourself and help you to develop your personal and professional skills. You can also participate in astronomy-specific career events to find out what job sector appeals to you the most. In addition, our Study Advisor is always available to help you in shaping your study and career path.

Astronomy Career Information Meetings

Learn how to get a PhD at an astronomical research institute, find out what it takes to get hired by a company as an engineer or a consultant and ask questions to PhD students, CEO’s, lecturers and job coaches. These meetings are organized twice a year by the Education Office Astronomy.

Science Career Service

Are you looking for career advice? Get in touch with our science career advisor. The Science Career Service supports students of the Science Faculty in their career orientation and making effective career decisions during their study. We offer services such as consultation hours, individual appointments with the career counselor and advice on your CV or motivation letter. 

Science Career Event

Whether you are actively looking forward to meet interesting employers, or even if you have no idea what you career will look like yet, the Science Career Event gives you a chance to speak with a large number of employers. Every year the Science Career Event is organized by students of the Faculty of Science.  During this event you can get your resume checked, participate in a workshop or speed date with a potential employer to discuss possibilities in the near future. The Science Career Event is the ideal day to orient yourself on career possibilities.

The Mentor Network

If you have questions about the job market, you can get in touch with Leiden alumni who are happy to offer their advice. On the Mentor Network platform you can view the profiles of around 650 alumni. Once you have found someone you would like to contact for advice, you can send him or her a request for assistance.

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