You can start networking in several ways:

  • Meet alumni and employers and obtain all the information you need, for instancse what it's like to work in a particular organisation or what someone from your academic programme did to find their first job?
  • Utrecht University regularly receives information about job openings from companies or organisations, inviting UU alumni to apply. The UU also offers student jobs for current students throughout the year. 
  • Throughout your career, it’s beneficial to have a broad network. You can start networking even as a student. 
  • Take a workshop.

The job market offers innumerable possibilities. In this workshop you will learn how to get a better understanding of organizations and positions. You will also learn how to use and improve the networks you belong to.

It makes sense to bear your preferences, qualities, and drives in mind as you explore the job market. To do that, you need a clear picture of what criteria your future job has to meet. If you don't have that yet, recommend you take the Self-analysis for Career Development workshop first. You could also look into some jobs that interest you and formulate criteria based on those.

In the Exploring the Job Market & Networking workshop, we will look at the ways employers look for employees, so you can anticipate their needs as you look for a job. You will learn how to track jobs and vacancies and how to make use of your network. You will also learn how best to present yourself to prospective employers by preparing a professional pitch.

When you complete this workshop, you will better understand how to approach the job market and will be more aware of the potential of your own network. As a result, you will approach prospective employers with greater confidence.

Who is it for

3rd-year and 4th-year Bachelor and Master students, recent UU graduates and PhDs of all Graduate schools

Registration for:

 

Job openings from the UU network

Career Services regularly receives job openings from companies and organisations in the UU network. As long as these job openings are relevant to a large enough group of students, we’ll post them on this job board. So make a profile and job opportunities will start popping up!

Student jobs

Over the course of the academic year, Utrecht University needs UU students to perform various jobs. Career Services collects these jobs and publishes them on their job board as soon as they start welcoming applications. The jobs we’ll be posting this year include:

  • Staff at events like the Career Day, Education Fair, LinkedIn photoshoot and resume check, the Introduction Day for International Students and the Science Park Marathon.
  • Web editors for the websites and social media channels of Career Services, the University Fund and other University departments.
  • Administrative support at the International Office, the Press Office and VSBfonds selection.
  • Project assistant at Your CareerLab and other projects.

Hours and duration will vary from job to job. The Facebook announcements for each job will include a link where you can apply. If you’re selected, you’ll be engaged on a temp contract with Topselect for about € 9.50 an hour. So like our page and job opportunities will start popping up on your timeline!

Job openings for all students

Traineeship

Eerst De Klas | Den Haag
View job opening (in Dutch)

OverhYd traineeship

YSE | diverse locaties
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Digital traineeship

YSE
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Traineeship Retail Banking Oktober 2016

ING | North Holland
View job opening (in Dutch)

Circular & Value Chain Management Traineeship

YSE 
View job opening (in Dutch)

Traineeship

Kirkman Company via YSE
View job opening (in Dutch)

Traineeship (short route)

Kirkman Company via YSE
View job opening (in Dutch)

Internationaal Management Traineeship

Lidl | Huizen | Master
View job opening (in Dutch)

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 videos below show you how to create a powerful Linkedin profile and 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.  

Learn how to create a powerful Linkedin profile which makes you more easily found by employers.

Learn how to find the right professionals via Linkedin and how to get in touch with them.

Via the Future Proof Skills programme

Are you a masters student and would you like to develop your professional skills quickly? Apply for the Future Proof Skills programme, a unique course developed Career Services in collaboration with the labour market. The workshops provided by the Future Proof Skills programme offer you the opportunity to experience and develop the professional skills that will greatly benefit you in job applications and your future career. Several renowned and well-known organisations offer free workshops which last roughly three hours (including drinks/refreshments), each covering a specific skill. If you participate in at least three workshops you will receive a certificate at the end. You can use this to convince future employers you are the applicant they are looking for! 

Note: the programme is only organised in November and May. You can register in October and April. The programme is accessible for masters students from Utrecht University only. Registering does not mean you have a place in the programme. You will be informed as soon as possible whether or not you can participate in the workshops that you chose.

Via the Careers Day

The annual Careers Day is planned for Thursday 7 February 2019 to allow students (bachelor-, master- and PhD-students) to orientate themselves on the job market and career opportunities. Over 90 employees will participate in the Careers Day. Registration starts early January 2019.

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. 

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. 

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 videos below show you how to create a powerful Linkedin profile and 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.  

Watch the video to discover how to create a powerful LinkedIn profile.

  • By talking to people at career days, job fairs, workshops, social gatherings, etc.
  • Through the people you know. Ask them whether they know someone who works in a given industry or company, or someone who's already doing a job you're still considering. Your friends will be able to introduce you, or you can ask them your questions yourself.
  • Post your specific question in the official Utrecht University alumni group on LinkedIn. You might spark off an interesting discussion
  • Find alumni using the LinkedIn alumni tool. They can give you the information you need and perhaps introduce you to other useful contacts. This video below explains how the alumnitool works. 

You can make the best use of your network if you've already acquired some insight into your motivations, talents, and interests (REFLECT) and into your future prospects (EXPLORE). With that information, you'll be able to indicate what sort of job would be right for you.

  • Tell your family, friends, acquaintances, and past and present fellow students that you're looking for a job and what sort of job you're looking for. Doing so might turn up some surprising leads.
  • Consider where the people in your network work. They may know interesting people. You can ask your contacts whether they know people who work in a specific industry.
  • After you meet new contacts, add them on LinkedIn with a personalised invitation.
  • Find alumni using the LinkedIn alumni tool. They can give you the information you need and perhaps introduce you to other useful contacts. This video explains how the alumnitool works.  
  • Follow interesting people and discussions on Twitter.
  • Keep in touch with people on Facebook.
  • Visit job fairs and bring copies of your resume along. Practise telling people what you're looking for in just a few short sentences.

Someone in your network has indicated you should talk to someone they know. Maybe they offered to introduce you. Maybe they just gave you a phone number. Now what?

Tell your new contact who you are, how you found them and why you would like to meet them. Make it clear that you're not asking for a job. If your new contact agrees to meet you, thank them and make an appointment.

How to conduct a network meeting:

  • Before your meeting, find as much information as you can about the company online. Look up your contact and their company on YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram. You might find content to talk about. Consider what additional information you need, but can't find online. Focus your questions on that.
  • When you sit down, reintroduce yourself and briefly remind the other person why you're there. They likely have a lot going on and may not be clear on the purpose of your meeting.
  • Take the initiative in the conversation so you make an active, engaged impression. You were the one who requested this meeting. The person you're talking to is expecting you to take the lead.
  • This is an informative talk. You're not there to ask for a job. You may be hoping for a job offer, but if there is any chance of that, the person you're talking to has to be the one to bring it up. One thing you can do is indicate that the conversation has inspired you and ask where you might send an open application. Ask the person you're talking to whether you can mention their name in your application.
  • You can also ask whether the person you're interviewing knows anyone else you should talk to. Because you have more questions, for instance.
  • Thank the other person for meeting with you. The next day, send them a message saying thanks and telling them why the conversation was valuable to you. When someone does you a favour, let them know how it turned out.

 

  • Do realise that you can meet interesting people and gather relevant information anywhere at any time.
  • Do remember that everyone is approachable, even you. Be open to meeting people of different ages, with different backgrounds, or with different interests.
  • Do keep your attitude professional when you're looking for a job. People usually don't respond well to desperation.
  • Do be forthright and sincere. Don't scam your way into anything. That's likely to backfire.
  • Don't spam LinkedIn invitations or emails and don't cold-call people. Just think how it feels when strangers ask you for favours.
  • Don't forget who helped you out. Remember to thank people. When someone gets you a job, maybe send them flowers or take them to dinner.
  • Do hang in there. These things take time, especially if there are few jobs to be had in your area of interest.