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As a programme we are constantly trying to improve. The results of the National Students Survey (NSE) pointed out that students would like to see improvement on the preparation for the labour market. To ensure improvement a couple of projects have been set up.

Main project

The goal of the main project is to ensure that International Studies has a suitable system of labour market preparation, that involves and activates students. Output from surveys and sounding board sessions with both students and alumni gave direction for improvements to be made. All this has been included in a report. Currently a project team is implementing the recommendations described in the report.

Report on Labour Market Preparation - BA International Studies


Student projects

We are always open for the input of students to help us improve. Currently, four International Studies students are working on a project to improve the labour market preparation for their fellow students: The dots of student life. This project is part of the university wide Students As Partners (StAP) project. The aim of this StAP project is to improve the student experience for yourself and the entire University. In StAP, students work with University staff to improve the teaching at the University.

Project: The dots of student life

Many students wonder how to best present themselves within the fast-changing labour market, using the skills they develop at university. Four students of International Studies came together in an attempt to answer this question. Emmelien Somsen, Inès Castagnet, Mansi Lam and Thiago Souza Machado want to find a way to support students to develop a better understanding of how the skills they learn within their programme are applicable in their future careers. In addition, they will investigate how the results of this research can be shared with a large number of students. They are currently thinking of creating an (online) brochure regarding this subject and test to what extent it is usefull. 

Future projects

Do you have a good idea to improve the preparation for the labour market yourself? And would you like to work it out and set up a project? Then reach out to the Career Committee to find out if your idea can be realized or contact the Programme Board of International Studies directly.

Also, keep an eye out for projects like the previous named StAP project if you want to contribute.

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