We think it’s important that career orientation should occur during your Master’s programme. For this reason, the Graduate School of Communication regularly organises events and workshops under the name Career Matters that help you prepare yourself for entry into the job market.
Career Matters workshops are designed to help you gain practical, relevant skills that will help improve your employability after graduation. Think of topics related to online marketing for example, such as Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Google Analytics or Social Advertising, or to the field of journalism, such as writing an effective press release or a journalistic blog. But also learning how to effectively present and pitch your story to others, how to expand your professional (online) network or how to profile yourself on LinkedIn are topics included in the Career Matters practical skills workshops.
The Graduate School of Communication regularly hosts informal meet & greet events for current Master’s students and recent Communication Science alumni. The events give students the opportunity to gather valuable career advice from graduates who obtained positions in fields such as social media management, marketing and PR, communication advice and journalism. In the past, we’ve welcomed back alumni whose employers include I amsterdam, NOS, Heineken, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dutch PR Group and ABN AMRO. During these sessions, they answered questions on why they chose the field they work in, which steps they took to get there, and how they feel students should prepare themselves for this type of career.
Five times a year, the Graduate School of Communication hosts a colloquium series called Communication Science on the Spot. During these sessions, a communication professional is interviewed by a Graduate School lecturer or researcher. The series is designed for Master's students, PhD candidates, staff members and alumni who want to learn more about communication science in practice. Attendees are always encouraged to ask questions and join the conversation in order to help stimulate a lively debate. Previous speakers include Maurice de Hond, Geerte Udo (iAmserdam), Kay van de Linde and Ashley Vinson (Twitter).
Master’s students are warmly welcomed to the events organised by the Alumni Circle Communication Science. The meetings and workshops are a perfect opportunity to start building a professional network and to stay informed of the latest developments in the field. The events are announced on the Alumni Circle’s Facebook Page as well as on the AUV website.
Would you like to practice your job interview skills? Craft a LinkedIn strategy that could get you hired? Or would you simply like to know more about the labour market in the Netherlands? The advisers at the UvA Student Careers Centre can help you with information, workshops and individual vocational counselling to find out what you want, get insight into your capabilities and competences, make choices and improve your application skills in order to achieve your goals. Enrolled students can use the services of the Student Careers Centre free of charge during their studies and up to one year after graduation.