Career prospects

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. 

Engage in an exchange of thoughts with experts

Maarten Hillebrandt
doctoral candidate at the University of Amsterdam

"I am a doctoral candidate at the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (University of Amsterdam), where I conduct research into the historical development of the transparency policy of the EU’s Council of Ministers. Over a period of twenty years this secretive Council peopled with diplomats has made a big leap forward in terms of transparency. I consider where this transparency practice is still falling short, and why this might be.

My work is quite diverse. I read and write a lot, but also try to gain access to important policy documents and maintain a network of informed contacts. I interview civil servants, diplomats and activists in Brussels and cooperate with researchers in several European countries. Besides those activities, I teach, edit a blog, and help to draft our centre’s multi-annual research programme.

The genuine interest and involvement of the academic staff gave me serious boost

During the master programme I was first introduced to the puzzles that I now study on a daily basis. The genuine interest and involvement of the academic staff gave me a serious boost. Because of this, I grew more convinced that I possessed the skills that matter in academic research, and that experts were really interested in my opinion. In the master, you combine several research skills with the possibility to delve into a plethora of administrative and social puzzles and developments. What’s more, you directly get to discuss these issues with experts from practice and research. If you are ready to take this master seriously, then most certainly they will also be interested in what you have to say."