Professional Preparation for Mathematics Students
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-WM301
Credits (ECTS)2
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; Wiskunde, Natuur- en Sterrenkunde;
dr. P. Hochs
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dr. P. Hochs
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Contactperson for the course
dr. P. Hochs
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dr. P. Hochs
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B.M. Ligthart, MA
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Academic year2021
KW3  (31/01/2022 to 10/04/2022)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
After taking this course, you
  • are aware of your personal qualities, competences and ambitions
  • can use this awareness to formulate your career goal and to present yourself effectively in an application process
  • are aware of the labour market for mathematicians and know how to find potentially interesting vacancies
  • are aware of the value of networking, and you have a professional LinkedIn account
  • know how to be successful at various stages of an application process, including writing a CV and cover letter, conducting a job interview and team-based assessments, and salary negotiations.
In this course we focus on practicing skills that help you enter the labour market. First of all, you will find out what qualities make you unique and we will do some research on your personal career values and ambitions. We look into the labour market for mathematicians, and how you might find vacancies that are interesting to you. We practice different parts of an application process, from networking to writing a letter and CV, and doing job interviews and assessments. We aim to make the course as practical as possible, and particularly relevant to mathematics students.

Instructional modes
  • 1 lecture of 45 minutes per week and
  • 1 workshop of 1 hour and 45 minutes per week
for 7 weeks (1 quarter)

In the lectures the different topics of the course are introduced, sometimes by guest speakers from industry. In the workshops we do interactive and practical exercises.


Presumed foreknowledge
Bachelor’s programme Mathematics
Test information
The course mark is pass/fail. Requirements for passing include presence at lessons, active participation in workshops and handing in assignments.
This course is compulsory for all Master’s students in mathematics. You may replace this course by the general FNWI course Career Orientation (NWI-FNWI001A), but note that that course is 3EC, and less focused on mathematics students.
Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Final Result
Test weight1
OpportunitiesBlock KW3, Block KW4