Work experience during your studies

By gaining relevant work experience already during your student days, you will increase your chances in the labor market. You will obtain a good picture of how things work in practice and build up your network. As well as gaining practical knowledge, you will develop your skills and personal competencies. Employers regard this kind of activities as a valuable addition to your degree program.

Tips when looking for vacancies

Suitable vacancy

If you know what you want, you can start looking for a suitable vacancy. Student Career Services offers you an overview of various possibilities. Students at the School of Economics and Management can also obtain information and advice from the TiSEM Career Services Officer.

A few targeted applications are better than 100 in one go

Some applicants have the strategy to respond to as many job vacancy advertisements as possible. As a result, they tend to receive many rejections and become demoralized. You should decide in advance what internship, final project or entry-level job is right for you, and apply for vacancies that are in keeping with that profile. If you find it difficult to determine what is right for you, then feel free to contact the Student Career Services.

Before you start, pick up the phone and make a call!

Many people apply for a position without first requesting information from the organization. Why not make a list of questions that are not answered on the website or in the annual report, and that are relevant to you. Pick up the phone and contact the organization before you start writing.

It is an excellent opportunity for obtaining more information which will help you gear your letter and CV even better to the vacancy. In addition, this introduction may strengthen your enthusiasm or, conversely, tell you that this job does not offer what you are looking for. A pleasant telephone conversation will also increase your chance of being invited for an interview.

Ways to get work experience during your studies

There are various ways to gain work experience during your studies. Examples include a relevant sideline, internship or volunteer work: