Below you will find several initiatives for improvement in the area of career preparation, which were implemented based on results from the NSE survey.
The Bachelor’s programme in German Language and Culture showed one of the largest score increases for career preparation in last year’s NSE survey. This degree programme has been working to connect students with the professional field and has included career preparation into its curriculum. This helps students to realise that themes they encounter in their studies are also relevant to their careers. During the ‘Proficient German’ course, alumni visit to talk about their jobs as, for example, journalists or publishers. In addition, students are required to actively take part in public debates.
Within the Communication Science programmes, various activities have been implemented in order to better prepare students for the job market (including guest lectures, practical skills workshops and alumni events). Promotional materials for these events all include the ‘Career matters’ logo. This integral approach helps increase student awareness.
The Master’s programme in Information Law showed one of the largest score increases for career preparation in last year’s NSE survey. The programme attributes much of this growth to the Information Law Study Association (SVIR). The study association acts as a link between the programme and the career field by organising activities such as office visits and recruitment events. This provides students with a more complete view of what business life can be like after graduation.
In the ‘Academic skills’ course, Bachelor’s students interview alumni. This offers various benefits: it allows students to expand their network, broadens their knowledge, stimulates self-reflection and provides a good idea of what students can expect from the job market.
After implementing a Company Advisory Board, the Business Administration programme collaborated with Corporate Partners to develop a new track within the Master’s programme in Digital Business. This has led to an implementation of Business labs, real-life case studies and internships.
Tesla is a minor for Master’s students from science faculties (at the UvA and elsewhere). In this minor, students work on finding solutions to complex challenges for a company or civil society organisation. This allows them to put their academic and scientific knowledge into practice. The Tesla minor aims to push students out of their academic comfort zones and engage them with various real-life challenges. Students learn project management and communication skills, as well as the value of non-academic situations.
The National Student Survey found that Economics and Business students rate engagement with professional practice with just a 2.6, making it the lowest scoring aspect at the Faculty of Economics and Business. To redress this problem, students doing the MSc in Business Administration are now starting out their academic year with a programme titled 'UvA in Carré', comprising a series of master classes taught by prominent researchers, senior managers and entrepreneurs.
The UvA wants to promote students’ prospects on the labour market by presenting these more visibly. A decision was therefore taken to create a database containing work placements and vacancies for recent graduates, which can be searched using filters such as degree, sector, location and length of contract.
The Amsterdam Law Firm (ALF) was founded by the University of Amsterdam as part of the degree programme in Law. It is a virtual law firm that offers you the opportunity to practically apply the knowledge you gain from your programme. At the Amsterdam Law Firm, you will work together in teams on realistic cases under the supervision of practicing legal advisers and university staff.