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Personal Development

There will come a time when you are going to enter the work force. It’s exciting, but it can also be stressful, so it’s easier if you are well prepared. Follow the steps on this page, make sure you have a solid understanding of yourself, and you will soon be able to present yourself well.

1. Learn about yourself: Who am I?

In Brightspace you will find the course 'Career Orientation NSM' under 'continuous'. This course was developed by Career Service to help you in your development from student to professional by preparing you for future professional situations.

This course is without obligation (there are no credits involved), but you will learn a lot! It is up to you to complete the whole course or to just practice some of the topics.

So what can you do?

  • Make tests like a personality test, a team roles test or a competency test
  • Get to know the (Dutch) labour market with information about internships, vacancies and Career Central
  • Use the tips to create your cv, a strong LinkedIn profile and a proper cover letter
  • Prepare yourself for networking, job interviews and employment interviews
  • Do you want to learn even more? Check out the modules intercultural collaboration, entrepreneurship or doing a PhD.

Are you still having trouble with this? Sign up for the NSM Skills Days or visit the Career Day!

2. Discover your future career: What do I want?

Before you start looking for a job, consider the following topics (you may simply not have a preference):

  • What kind of organisation would you like to work for (multi-national, NGO, government, start-up, an academic career)?
  • Would you like to work in a specific sector?
  • Do you have a preference for a job in the Netherlands or abroad?
  • Do you have a preference for working at a large company or a small company?
  • Do you have a preference for a company in a specific region? Are you willing to move?
  • What are the characteristics of your ideal job?

Learn more about the sector/field that your want to work in: is it a sector that is growing or not? Take a look at the figures and trends within your sector and familiarise yourself with the labour market.

3. Develop yourself

Once you know who you are and what kind of organisation you would like to work for, it is time to see if there is a discrepancy between your qualities and experience and the experience that you need for your career. By developing yourself through gaining experience that fits your future career, you improve your chances.

Consider these:

4. Find a job

Tell other people that you are looking for a job. Friends, family, or a network contact can all help you in finding a job. Talk to people about what you are looking for and ask them to keep you informed if they come across anything. They may also suggest positions that you have not considered, but which fit you well. Career Service has composed a list with various vacancy websites, which you can find here.

Did you find interesting vacancies? We provide you with tips regarding your CV, writing a motivation letter and preparing for a job interview.