The Alumnitool on LinkedIn can help you gain insight into possible careers after you finish your degree. It can also help you get in contact with an alumnus or alumna of your degree programme or other programmes. Nearly all graduates have a LinkedIn profile and can answer questions about your future career. They’re often more than happy to share their experiences with you. The video belows explains how the alumnitool works, and how you can use search criteria to find career information that is relevant to you. 

Would you like to know more about how you can use LinkedIn to expand your network and put the new information into practice straight away? Take the LinkedIn workshop from Career Services. The workshop Exploring the job market & networking is also useful if you'd like to improve your networking skills, using LinkedIn and other ways. 

The Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology programme aims to prepare students for PhD study in one of the participating or associated groups. Alternatively, students leaving after obtaining their MSc degree will profit from a solid education in molecular genetics, in addition to their specialised knowledge of developmental biology.

MSc graduates trained in both fundamental and disease-oriented aspects of biomedical genetics are in great demand. They will find their way to:

academic research;
research institutes (fundamental research);
biotechnology;
the pharmaceutical industry;
policy-making organisations in science and health care; and
education

By the end of their Master’s programme, the majority of our students already have secured a PhD position within the Research School of Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology (CSDB) or elsewhere in Utrecht, The Netherlands, or abroad. Even of the foreign students (about 30% of our students are non-Dutch), the majority tend to stay on in Utrecht to continue their studies in PhD positions.

Are you considering starting your own business? Now is a good time to prepare. Utrecht University can offer you a number of opportunities to explore entrepreneurship.

You could, for instance, take electives from Master's degree programmes that cover entrepreneurship in their curriculums:

The Utrecht Center for Entrepreneurship (CE) also organises Spring schools, Summer schools, Winter schools, Honours classes and short seminars on entrepreneurship for non-Dutch students. All courses are offered in English except when the entire group is Dutch.

StudentsInc

Would you like to run a business while still at university? Do you want to graduate on running your own business? StudentsInc (Dutch language website) is home to a number of student businesses and offers programmes to develop your entrepreneurial skills.

UtrechtInc

Have you (nearly) graduated and do you want to start a business? UtrechtInc is the place to find financing, office space, expertise and coaching. UtrechtInc is there for

  • starting entrepreneurs and alumni, doctoral candidates, and researchers (preferably from Utrecht University, Hogeschool Utrecht, UMC Utrecht)
  • who are still in the ideas phase OR further along (less than five years) and have
  • and have a (IT) start-up focusing on health, environmental sustainability, or education.

Would you like to know more? Visit the UtrechtInc site, register your idea, and drop by for a cup of coffee.

Enactus

Would you like to know whether entrepreneurship is right for you? Are you driven, socially conscious, and ambitious? Are you willing to spend a year working on a business for at least 8 hours a week? Enactus Utrecht (Dutch language website) offers you the opportunity to run a business and provides workshops and professional coaching.

Useful links

  • Register at the Chambers of Commerce.
  • You can read about all the other things you need to take care of on the Revenue Service (Belastingdienst) website.
  • Join relevant groups on LinkedIn to share knowledge online and expand your network.
  • Will you run an especially sustainable, innovative, and/or internationally oriented business? The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can support you with subsidies, knowledge, regulation, and more.

Upon completion of your current Master's degree programme, you can follow a one-year (Dutch language) teacher training programme. This will grant you a first degree teaching qualification for secondary education. That means you will be able to work in the upper and lower years of vmbo, havo, and vwo in the Netherlands.

Take a look at UU's Master's degree programme selection site.

When you complete your Master's degree programme, if you enjoy doing research in your area of expertise, perhaps you should pursue a PhD. You will start out as a research assistant or trainee research worker. Check the two-years Master's Programmes of Utrecht University.

The best way to find a research traineeship is to contact the professor in the field you want to specialise in. Another option would be www.academictransfer.nl.

If you'd like to pursue a PhD at Utrecht University, your PhD programme will fall under the auspices of one of the Graduate Schools. For more information, consult the Prout | PhD Network Utrecht website.

I completed a lot of different courses during the Master's. There were theoretical courses such as epigenetics and gene expression, but also more practical subjects like microscopy and data processing. There are also a lot of options when it comes to internships.
Lotte Bruens
trainee researcher the UMC Utrecht and the Hubrecht Laboratory

 “I have been interested in stem cells since I was at school. I went to study Biology and I started looking at what to study next during my third year. The Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology Master's was a natural step because the programme works together with the Hubrecht Laboratory, the location in the Netherlands for stem-cell technology.

Even before you start, you have to find an internship with one of the groups involved in the Master's. So you start your internship straightaway and you take courses that last one or two weeks in the interim. In that short period, you are fully immersed in the subject and the course finishes with an exam or a paper. I completed a lot of different courses during the Master's. There were theoretical courses such as epigenetics and gene expression, but also more practical subjects like microscopy and data processing. There are also a lot of options when it comes to internships.

Through my first internship with the Hubrecht, I moved on to my second internship at Harvard University. That was a really enjoyable time, during which I learned an enormous amount as well. It was a very special experience to work with all sorts of good researchers. The Master's curriculum is full, but the quality is also high. Because I stayed on for longer at my internships to finish my research projects, it took me longer to finish the Master's. But it was certainly an instructive and enjoyable time.”

Lotte Bruens (24) is a trainee researcher the UMC Utrecht and the Hubrecht Laboratory.