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. 

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.

  • The (English language) Entrepreneurship minor will provide you with a solid foundation in entrepreneurial skills.
  • The Utrecht Center for Entrepreneurship (CE) organises Spring schools, Summer schools, Winter schools, Honours classes and short seminars on entrepreneurship. 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 UU, Hogeschool Utrecht, UMC Utrecht)

who are still in the ideas phase OR further along (less than five years)
and have a (IT) start-up focusing on health, environmental sustainability, or education.

Would you like to know more? Visit the UtrechtInc site (Dutch language), 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.

Master's degrees in entrepreneurship

Utrecht University offers various Master's degree programmes that will familiarise you with entrepreneurship. Note that if you lack the required background for a given Master's degree programme, you can usually follow a pre-Master that will still allow you to take part.

  • A new one-year Master's degree programme in Business Development and Entrepreneurship will start at the Utrecht School of Economics in September 2016.
  • If your background is in Science or Medicine, the two-year Science and Business Management Master's degree programme may be right for you.
  • The two-year Sustainable Business and Innovation Master's degree programme is available to a broad group of students, but it does require some prior knowledge. Please review the Admission and application page for details.

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.

If you'd like to teach in secondary education, you have two options.

Two-year teacher training

Utrecht University offers nine teacher training programmes you can take once you complete your Bachelor's degree: German, English, French, Geography, History, Art History, Dutch, Science (taught in English), and Spanish. These Master's degree programmes 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.

One-year teacher training

You can also specialise by taking a different, one-year Master's degree programme and then following a one-year (Dutch language) teacher training programme. These diplomas afford you the same rights and opportunities as the two-year teacher training programme.

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.