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Careers advice

The Career Service offers support if you have questions about your career, your personal profile, the job market and job applications. Are you looking for career advice? Why don’t you get in touch with one of our career advisers.

It’s a good idea to start thinking about your future (academic) career as early as your first year of studies. You should familiarise yourself with the job market, draw up a personal profile and start working on your CV. Leiden University would be happy to help you.

Your career adviser can help you to plan your career, learn more about the job market and give form to your personal profile. Even in your first year of studies your career adviser can offer tips and advice for your future career.

Do you have a question? Or do you have no idea what to do after graduation? Make an appointment with a career adviser at your career service. See the faculty tab for more information. 

A career advice meeting can cover aspects such as:

  • discussing your (academic) career (e.g. part-time jobs, internships, extra-curricular activities)
  • career testing
  • looking into what positions and types of employer would suit you best
  • building up your network
  • examining your qualities, interests and what drives you (your personal profile)
  • learning about where and how you can collect information about positions and organisations
  • checking your CV and cover letter
  • tips about your LinkedIn profile
  • preparing and practising for job interviews

Due to the coronavirus situation in The Netherlands, Leiden University Career Services offer limited services for an unspecifiable period. All physical Career Services locations are closed. The digital portal, the Career Zone, is opened 24/7 and part of the other services will still take place online. Check out and follow the central and faculty Career Services for more specific information via the student website, the Career Zone and social media.

Individual advice

For individual advice, you can make an appointment with one of the Student Career Service Humanities career advisors. They will assist you in exploring your individual interests and abilities, and provide you with advice to help you find your way towards appropriate internships or jobs.

Furthermore, you can receive advice on:

  • how to write a cv,
  • how to apply for jobs, and
  • how to conduct a successful interview.
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