My name is Sandra I studied at the VU Amsterdam a Master in Accounting and Control at FEWEB. In the meantime I graduated and work now for two months in the position of a Young Graduate Consultant at IBM Netherlands. But I´ll start from the beginning.
For me it was very clear from the beginning which kind of Master I wanted to obtain and also where I wanted to study. I chose the Netherlands and especially Amsterdam as it is a very international city with a lot of different cultures. From the moment I started my application, the GSEB International Office was always open for any questions I had and I felt never like I had to solve a problem on my own. Quite quickly my application got approved and I applied for student housing in Uilenstede and a German Study Loan. Also this was going very smoothly and so soon I had a flat and some money.
In the last week of August 2011 I moved to Amsterdam, when also the introduction week started. It is very crucial/important to participate. With a lot of people I met in the introduction week I am still great friends, so please don’t miss out on this one.
Studying in the Netherlands turned out to be quite different from Germany and also the University is huge. As soon as the period starts it is important to keep focus and to try not lose the overview as the semester only lasts 8 weeks and the modules are very intense. If you are used to a different kind of studying it might take a period to get used to the system. As I perceived the first half year as very study intensive with very little spare time it got better in the second half year of my Master degree.
When I started writing my Master Thesis I also realized that it was time to search for a job for after studies. The University tries to provide help in this field, but this didn’t really effectively help me. The job market in Amsterdam is quite hard, as a lot of students want to stay after their studies, so keeping the energy up and not losing hope is very important. When I was already close to giving up and on my way home I got a call from IBM and I was in…….so stay positive.
Looking back at my year at the VU I had a wonderful time and also Amsterdam provides a lot of opportunities to travel around Europe and the Netherlands, there is always something to see.
Long story short, with this blog entrance I want to offer my help to any new/old students of VU University Amsterdam, if it’s questions about studying in general, the Master`s degree or finding a job, I would be happy to help! Just reply to my post!
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