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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.

Career Advice by the Science Career Service

The Science Career Service supports students of the Science Faculty in their career orientation and making effective career decisions during their study.

We offer the following services:

Consultation hours

Every Thursday the career counselor is available for all your career related questions, advise on your CV or LinkedIn profile or labour market information. You can find the exact locations and times in the Contact field of this page.

Individual appointments

If you would like an individual appointment with the career counselor, you book this yourself via the link in the contact column on the right. Choose the appointment type, the career counselor, the date and time via the Onelineafspraken.nl widget. Individual appointments take approximately 45 minutes and take place in the Gorlaeus Lecture Hall.

CV or motivation letter

For personal advice on your CV or motivation letter, you can send your documents to career@science.leidenuniv.nl.

Other questions

For all other questions related to career opportunities, e.g. whether you need a work permit or application skills, use the e-mail address career@science.leidenuniv.nl. For making an appointment you will always be directed to the link in the contact column on the right where you can use the widget of Onelineafspraken.nl. 

Workshops and training

The Career Services provide various workshops. Our up-to-date program can be found in the sections “Workshops and Events”

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