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 planning of the programme is tailored to the individual. The choices that are made during planning can be based on your personal career focus. The most popular choice is to become a scientist in tissue or organ regeneration. In this case, you can choose to perform a research internship in your minor project.You can choose other profiles besides the research profile in your minor project. You can find more information on profiles in the study guide.

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Depending on your personal interests and skills, you can shape your career yourself. If you already know which would be your ideal career, you can discuss with the programme coordinator how best to prepare for your specific career path. Possible career paths are:

  • PhD student in the RM PhD programme in Utrecht. You can pursue a PhD degree in Utrecht in the field of Regenerative Medicine. Of course, it is also possible to continue your career anywhere in the world.
  • Educational coordinator at a university.
  • Junior consultant at a large biomedical company that markets biological implants.
  • Junior scientist working in R&D of a small company that specialises in processing and storing stem cells. Junior scientists try to improve cell handling protocols and find new applications of the product.

If you choose to pursue an academic career, a logical step will be to start a PhD project after you obtain your Master’s degree. Our research projects during RMT will prepare you for science in the lab, but you will also be equipped to perform more translational research. After obtaining a PhD degree, you can choose to continue in academia or to continue your career elsewhere. Continuing in academia consists of doing post-doc work and becoming an assistant, associate, or full professor.

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.

Because of my training, in combination with the work in the clinic in the UMC Utrecht, I know how important it is for the Master's programme to focus on both the technology and its ultimate use in the clinic. It is extremely important to think from the perspective of the patient, the doctor and the engineer and that has an added value in practice.
Linda Kock
project engineer at LifeTec Group

“During the Regenerative Medicine & Technology Master's programme you learn how to stimulate the ability of the body to recover after disease by using innovative therapies based on advanced technologies. Bioprinting and applications involving stem cells are good examples. The Master's programme was established in 2012, but the curriculum has to be revised every year to keep up with the latest developments. The field is developing incredibly quickly.

I completed the Biomedical Engineering Master's in Eindhoven and that is where I did my doctorate, too. After a number of years working in a postdoctoral position in the Orthopaedic department of the UMC Utrecht, I moved to LifeTec Group. The company works in areas that include regenerative medicine. It engages in the research and development of new technologies for cardiovascular disorders and the locomotory system. LifeTec Group also develops a range of platforms for the testing of new technologies and therapies such as angioplasty balloons, stents and biomaterials for filling cartilage defects.

Because of my training, in combination with the work in the clinic in the UMC Utrecht, I know how important it is for the Master's programme to focus on both the technology and its ultimate use in the clinic. It is extremely important to think from the perspective of the patient, the doctor and the engineer and that has an added value in practice.”