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Alumni Career Networking Event 2023

After the successful edition of the alumni event last semester, a new opportunity to learn about career prospects and get advice from different alumni who already successfully stepped into the labor market is here!

Kickstart your Career!

Are you an International Relations MA student who is thinking about the next steps after finishing the degree? And would you like to get insights into the diverse opportunities available to you with your skillset and knowledge acquired through the program? Then this event provides the perfect opportunity for you to learn about ways in which you can explore and develop your curiosities and passions, get to know the characteristics of the current job market and receive guidance from the alumni on how to navigate the start of your very own career. The event will start with a panel discussion about the career experiences of the alumni, followed by a Q&A in which you can ask your remaining questions. The event will be concluded with an informal reception at which you can get to know the alumni better and form new connections. We hope to see you at the event on the 20th of April!


All speakers at the panel discussion will be alumni. The following list remains subject to change.

Sebastian Strohmayer – Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Consultant at Christ&Company, Berlin

Anne Vos – Testspecialist at Air Traffic Control the Netherlands through QoppoConsult, Haarlem

Anastasia Lajri – Policy Assistant in Energy Policy, Directorate General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission, Brussels

Anouk van Oss – Global Trade and Responsible Supply Chains Junior Consultant, Hyacint Consult, Berlin

Colm O’Flynn – Director at the Prevail Fund, Non-profit Startup, Amsterdam, Africa and South Asia

Jake Fairbanks Kelley is Founding Member and Manager of Hot Planet Repair NGO, Blue Green Futures and Our Planet Our Future. Watch this video of Jake Kelley about his studies in Leiden and his work as an entrepreneur in sustainability movements and NGO’s. He also gives a couple of tips for current students.


Program Content


Arrival, Registration, and Information Update

Check-in and pick up of name tag


Event Opening & Introduction of Alumni


Panel Alumni discussion – Life since MAIR: From student to ‘professional’


Panel discussion on “Life since MA IR: From student to ‘professional’” led by two MA IR students on the alumni career trajectories. Questions will focus on the current job market and its chances and challenges, how the MA IR program relates to current job, transferable skills etc. The last 15 min will be used for an open Question and Answer session.

19:45- 20:00

Closing of the MA IR Student-Alumni Career Networking Event 2023


The services of the career Services and the alumni office will be explained. It will focus on what they can do for students who are about to graduate or already graduated before MA IR representatives will make some closing remarks about the first MA IR Student-Alumni Career Networking event.



BREAK/Change locations from Lipsius to Faculty Club


Reception/Free Networking

Students and Alumni will have the opportunity to meet and mingle informally and ask and answer questions about careers and opportunities while enjoying some light refreshments.

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