Where you end up depends on the chosen study direction, your own skills and interests.
Leiden University offers several services to help you prepare for the jobmarket.
The internship is a mandatory part of the master's specialisation. A qualified staff member within the organisation providing the internship outside or inside Leiden University will be responsible for the daily supervision of the student. For questions about your internship, you can always contact the Internship Coordinator of your master's specialisation.
At the Career Services counsellors will give you advice and information on planning your career, whether you have just started your master’s study or have already graduated. Each of Leiden’s seven faculties has its own career services department, with specific expertise and resources related to the faculty’s programmes.
In addition, as a master’s student you have access to our web-based resources, which include career step plans, job seeking strategies and self-assessment tools. The Career Services desk also offers a range of relevant workshops. If you prefer a personalised approach, you can make an appointment for an individual counselling session with your departmental career counsellor.
Specifically, you are welcome at the Career Services for advice and information on:
- What are the possibilities with my Master’s degree?
- Which jobs suit my profile?
- Workshops and events: Which job possibilities are there and how to apply?
- Career tests
- Internships and job vacancies
- CV and LinkedIn check
You can also find career information and advice on the website of the Career Services.
The Leiden University Career Zone is an online career portal that helps you with your preparation for the labour market. You will find information on:
- Knowing yourself (tests, self analysis)
- Exploring the labour market (i.e. jobs and branches)
- Developing your skills (application skills, work & life skills)
- Finding vacancies (Jobportal)
- Career Route Planner
- Workshops & Events
- Career Services
Leiden University’s alumni hold positions in a vast range of sectors, all over the world. They are therefore good resources for graduates who are just starting out on the job market. Through the Leiden Alumni Mentor Network you can contact Leiden alumni online and ask them for advice. For more information, go to the Mentor Network website.
The Psychology study association Labyrint regularly organises activities so that you can explore the labour market in fields relating to your study programme. Examples include labour market conferences, social drinks, and speed-dating sessions with companies.
Employers are interested in graduates who have developed their talents in a variety of areas. So it’s a good idea to work on your personal development and on CV-building right from the start of your degree programme.
Take a look at the Career Route Planner what you could do in addition to completing your studies successfully.
Former master student from Turkey
"Currently, I work at Booking.com as product owner and the knowledge I gained from this masters program helps me to easily handle my day-to-day responsibilities."
Applied Cognitive Psychology is a very good masters program for those who want to learn using psychology to solve real-life problems. It offers a great variety of topics and allows you to gain practical skills and start specializing in different fields of psychology.
After I started ACP and took Human Computer Interaction class, I’ve decided to build my career in tech companies so I could use my knowledge to improve tech products. I was interested in creating user-friendly experiences, therefore I did an internship and thesis that pertained to User Experience Research. Currently, I work at Booking.com as Product Owner and the knowledge I gained from this masters program helps me to easily handle my day-to-day responsibilities such as doing quantitative and qualitative research, interpreting data, trying to understand how people make decisions and how we can improve our website to enable them to make better decisions.