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Career matters

Preparing for your future

We think it’s important that career orientation should occur during your Bachelor's and Master’s programme. For this reason, we regularly organise events and workshops under the name Career Matters that help you prepare yourself for entry into the job market.

Career Matters met tekst

Upcoming session: 30th March

Kickstart your Career

(This session is for Master's students only)

On 30 March between 16:00-17:00, Nicolien Scheerman from the UvA Career Centre will organize an information session, with some interactive elements, to get you ready for the job market after your graduation!

The most important questions she will answer are:

  • How do I start searching for a job?
  • What is important when I try to find a first job?
  • How to tap into the communication science job market?

We look forward to see you on 30 March!

Practical skills workshops

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. Check the Events calender to find out which workshops are coming up!

Meet the Alumni

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.

Communication Science on the Spot     

Toni and Timothy Coombs

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).

Alumni Circle Communication Science

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.