Office of Career Services and Alumni Relations

We are pleased to inform you that as of the academic year 2012/13 the Office of Career Services and Alumni Relations has launched its operations. We offer various services for both bachelor and master students in order to assist their career development. Our aim is to organize events, such as research internships, workshops, or guest lectures, allowing students to meet different industries and to apply their knowledge on real-life problems.

Office background
Over the past few years, the job market has changed dramatically as a result of the economic climate. Finding a job after graduation is more challenging than five years ago. Competition is fierce, and recruiters inform us that obtaining a diploma is not enough nowadays. Extracurricular activities steer the skill differentiation among candidates, and provide a better positioning on the job market after graduation. Among others, an internship is a highly appreciated activity in order to apply academic knowledge and to further develop professional skills.

Added value
Such an input from practitioners is relevant for us as a Faculty since we know that on average 85% of our students intend to become active on the job market after graduation. The chance of finding a job within 3 months after graduation increases dramatically if they had done an internship or have done any other form of extracurricular activity. For us as a Faculty, it is beneficial to get involved in the career development of our students. The career success of our alumni reflects on the track record and quality of our programmes.

In the last year, internship pilot projects have been executed as capita selecta courses parallel to the regular curriculum. Based on both the academic and commercial success of these pilots, on the demands of the current job market, and on the interest of corporations, the Office of Career Services and Alumni Relations is starting its operations at the beginning of the academic year 2012/2013.

Goal
Our services aim to bridge academic excellence with practical relevance, putting therefore the curricular activities into different perspective. As a result, our students become more familiar with real-life business cases and with the requirements of the constantly fluctuating job market. In return, corporate partners have the possibility to get acquainted with talented students in the bachelor and master level via the possibility to engage in various research projects and career development events.

Our Team
Our team consists of Dr. Zsofia Kraussl (FEWEB department of Management and Organization), Drs. Anita Montolalu (FEWEB department of Marketing) and Ms. Iris Visser (Alumni Relations).

Should you have any questions on our operations, please, mail us via Careerservices.feweb@vu.nl. Please, visit also our website via www.careerservices.feweb.vu.nl to learn more about our activities.

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