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Kick Start Your Career: Academic Skills During and After Grad School

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
10 days
Full time
Summer / Short course
Scholarships available
Online / Distance
Amsterdam
English
19 July 2021
Virtual open day
11/7/2021
Virtual open day
12/5/2021

Program description

Kick Start Your Career: Academic Skills During and After Grad School

“What will I ever use this degree for?” Surviving university is no easy task! Many students panic when they finish their studies because they are not aware of how the countless hours they spent writing papers, taking exams, and giving presentations—sometimes to the point of exhaustion and even burnout—will add up to a paying job and fulfilling career. During university the focus is often on learning about specific topics in your discipline, but not necessarily what to do with this information in the real world. Some of the most sought after and marketable skills are learned in university, yet few students realize just how many transferable skills they are acquiring along the way that are highly desired by employers.

This course will explore how to make the most out of your time in university and understand the valuable skillset you have been provided with that can land you a job. The goal is to help identify these transferable skills, and how to put them into practice in order to gain the most out of your degree. Understanding your options, potential, motivations, and ideologies can help you find a career that is well suited to you.

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Admission requirements

Who is it aimed at?

Bachelor, Master, PhD students and professionals

Prerequisites

Apart from a good level of English, students are assumed to have completed undergraduate courses in linear algebra and analysis. Basic knowledge of probability theory is also required.


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Program content

  • Identifying the most valuable transferable skills you gain from university and how to apply them to get a job or continue your academic career.
  • Understanding your potential, motivations, and ideologies in order to find a successful career that fits you.
  • Career opportunities inside and outside academia.
  • Transitioning from academia to industry.
  • How to structure your CV and motivation letters, and prepare for a successful job interview.
  • How to balance school/work and mental health.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

EU and Non-EU students fee: 800 EUR

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VU Amsterdam offers a variety of intensive, trans-disciplinary online short courses for students and professionals. By joining our Summer or Winter school you can improve your research and academic skills, and expand your knowledge whilst earning study credits. All our small-scale courses are designed to give you an intensive and in-depth look into the subject.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam strives to contribute to a better world through her education and research. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers high-quality, meaningful and challenging (post) academic education. With her education, VU Amsterdam delivers a contribution to the society of today and tomorrow by educating students for meaningful positions in that society.

About this institute

Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...


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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.

They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Human Health and Life Sciences
  • Science for Sustainability
  • Connected World
  • Governance for Society

As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.

In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.

Contact info

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Netherlands, the

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