The best way to find a job is through your own network of family, friends, fellow students, student society, sportsclub, etc.

Get in touch with alumni and employers

There are several ways to contact alumni and possible employers.

Via LinkedIn

LinkedIn offers you the possibility to get in contact with professionals who have the job you’re interested in, or who work for organisations that appeal to you. With the alumnitool on LinkedIn you can find alumni from your university, or specifically from your degree programme, that you can connect with. The video below shows you how to find the right professional and get in touch using LinkedIn. If you find it difficult to reach out to professionals by yourself you can join the LinkedIn workshop or the workshop Exploring the job market & networking from Career Services, where we will do this together.

Via the Career Day

Every spring, Career Services organises a Career Day with the aim of helping students (undergraduate, graduate and PhD candidates alike) to orientate on the job market and career opportunities. Come to the Career Day and engage with various organisations at the business market and networking drinks and come and listen to their company presentations. Have your CV checked, take a new LinkedIn photo or join one of the Career Officers' workshops for free!

Via your course society

Your course society organises several events every year during which you can get in touch with employers. Check the activity calendar for your course and the course society’s website for more information.

Via your course

In the different subjects of your course the link will be made between theory and practice. This is done using examples but also through work placements, guests speakers, projects or in other ways. Be alert for these matters and use them to orientate yourself on your potential first career step. 

Networking tips

A significant proportion of graduates find their first job through people they know directly or indirectly through their friends.

You may already have a broad network: your family, friends, fellow students, student society, sportsclub, etc. In addition to these contacts, you can actively start looking for people you don’t know yet, but who can potentially help you along in your job hunt. This can also work the other way around: people may approach you because there is something you can do for them.