Career Orientation

What you can do yourself

Reflection on and development of yourself as a professional

  • Explore your options through information meetings on the optional course profile (minor, internship, studying abroad) and the Honours track
  • Find out more about the Master’s programmes through open days and career prospects on the Master’s websites
  • Find out what interests you through lectures, workshops and extra-curricular events (e.g. Studium Generale)
  • Attend alumni events organised by your degree programme or Babel
  • Find out what qualities you have and develop skills through volunteering, a side job or board/committee work
  • Participate in a Skills Lab workshop to develop your skills: e.g. presenting, debating, pitching, graphic design
  • Become a Language Assistant and learn how you can use your linguistic knowledge to help others
  • Make an appointment with your internship coordinator or the career officer
  • Year 3:
    • Participate in one of the workshops on self-analysis for Career Orientation organised by Career Services
    • Take the online tests offered by Career Services

Exploring the job market and networking

Profiling & applying for a job

  • Year 3:
    • Have your CV and/or (internship) application letter checked by the career officer
    • Participate in the workshop on Writing a CV and Cover Letter organised by Career Services
    • Submit a mock application to the career officer
  • Watch instructional videos produced by Career Services

What the programme offers you

Contact with the field

  • Lectures/talks with guest speakers (professionals)
  • Go on the field visits organised by Babel and attend the Linguistics Career Day
  • From year 2 onwards, you can do an internship. Make sure you attend the internship information meeting
  • You can write your thesis for an organisation

Contact with alumni

  • Alumni regularly attend activities organised with Babel
  • The programme has a LinkedIn group which you can join

Academic and professional skills

  • You will learn to how to think, act and communicate in an academic way (e.g. writing, reasoning and presenting); how to communicate in different types of interactions and how to write different genres of (academic) text and how to communicate effectively with different audiences (see EER)
  • In year 2 you will learn programming skills during the Language and Computation module, and practical skills relating to data management and analysis in the Digital Methods and Methods and Statistics modules
  • Do an internship (abroad)! Acquire professional skills and practical experience and put your academic skills into practice (in a practical or research-based placement)

Reflection on your qualities, interests and motivation

  • Choices in your major and optional course profile to find out what interests you and what qualities you have
  • Careers activities in tutoring sessions or an individual meeting with your tutor
  • Reflect on your qualities in the Capstone course (year 3)

Information on future options

Useful contacts