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Exploring my options

There are many ways to explore your options on the job market after you have graduated.

Speak to the people around you

Of the job openings for university graduates, 70% are not filled through vacancies, but by candidates from the networks of the organisation or its employees. A way to find out more about ‘work’ is to speak to people about their work. Try finding someone in your family or in your circle of friends with whom you can speak about their work and the choices they made. 

The workshop ‘Networking' will give you tips and advice on how to make use of the people around you to find a job.

What do alumni do?

Find out what line of work alumni from your programme are in, both immediately after graduating and in the long term. LinkedIn is the perfect tool to help you do that. All you need to do is create a profile to use LinkedIn’s services. In the video below you can see how you can find relevant alumni on LinkedIn to view their profile or contact them. 

Do you want to reach out to international UvA alumni working in the Netherlands?

The UvA organises Career Networking Events for international students every year in February/March. During these events, there will be presentations and meetups with international alumni from the UvA who are working in the Netherlands.

Company fairs

Company fairs are held all the time at all sorts of venues. Just think of the UvA Career Skills Week, the Amsterdamse Carrieredagen, the Beta career event or the International Talent Event Amsterdam. The wide variety of companies allows you to get an idea of all kinds of companies.

Make a good first impression

It is essential that you make a good first impression. You can find a way to prepare yourself to company fairs in the download below.

Study associations

Almost all study programmes have their own study association. Many of them organise career orientation events which you can join. You can find more information on the website of the study association. Not sure where you can find the study association of your programme? Go to, type in your programma, go to the A-Z list in the upper menu. Click on the search box and type Study association or studievereniging.

UvA Job board

Our UvA Job board, which lists current vacancies, can also help you explore the job market. The Job board is only accessible to current students or former students up to two years after graduation.

Tip: give yourself a period of obligation-free orientation instead of applying for positions immediately. Why not explore the job market first and then apply, armed with a better focus and more knowledge? Or why not find a part time job that gives you enough time to still explore the job market?