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Workshops and social events

DCS organizes (career) workshops, social events and Dutch conversation meetings tailored to your needs. This is to help you to build a social and professional network.


Below you'll find the planned events for the period up until July 2022. You will receive an invitation in your email or you can find them on our LinkedIn page. The events are envisaged to be carried out on-site this new academic new year unless the rules for the Dutch government change in regards to the pandemic.

19 January - Workshop Cultural Awareness | 9.30 am - 11.30 am (online)

Do you struggle finding like-minded people in Groningen? Are you having a hard time staying true to your values? Do you stand out as a foreigner? Are you finding the cultural differences to be too much? Do you find yourself miscommunicating with others? Perhaps, you are struggling to integrate in Groningen.

In attempt to tackling these questions, the workshop will provide you the time to reflect and understand the process of adapting into new country and environment. We will delve into the discussion on how culture plays a part in adjusting into a new way of living and how an intercultural model can help us navigate through our journey.

3 February - LinkedIn | 9 am - 12 pm

LinkedIn has been growing in popularity and is becoming ever more important than ever for building one's professional network, finding employment and building personal brand. In this workshop, we take a deep dive into the networking platform and learn to improve your profile with easy to follow tips.

Please be sure to create a (basic) LinkedIn account prior to the start of the workshop if you don't have one. Please have your linkedIn account accessible during the workshop!

10 February - Bookclub | 7 pm - 9 pm


focused on career and personal development


Inspired by our DCS member Nadezhda, DCS is setting up an active learning group that is consist of 5 team members who are interested in deep dive into a learning process of finding the job that fits our passions and fulfils our dreams. The learning process includes reflection of our ideal workplace with all its facets with powerful exercises. The guiding principle of the exercises are largely borrowed from the world's most popular and bestselling book "What color is your parachute?".

About the book "What color is your parachute?"

What color is your parachute is known to be a guide to lifetime of meaningful work and career success that has revolutionised the concept of job hunting since it was first published in 1970. The book was updated annually to keep it constantly relevant to new generations of job hunters facing changing times. It helped job seekers understand themselves first and then find a job that fits to them using a mix of good - humored advice and practical strategy. This book introduces a Parachute system which provides a level playing field for all job seekers whatever their circumstances might be in every employment sector.

About this active learning group

The first session which will take place on 10 FEB will be focused on launching the group, and discuss ideas on how the group can meet the individual goals of the group members. The subsequent sessions ( possibly 4 or more if wishes so) are to be organised by the group members themselves and DCS will organise the closing meeting in MAY.

Who is it for?

This active learning group is for those who are hoping to change their careers, or seeking their first jobs in a new country or returning to the workforce after some time away

21, 28 February and 7 March (theory) 10 am - 12 pm and 24 or 28 March (practicing job interviews) 9 am -12 pm - Job application training W2W (Dutch)

Being prepared for the future

The job for life no longer exists. That means that at some point in your working life you will probably start looking for a new job.

As soon as you have found a suitable and (especially) nice vacancy to which you want to apply, the question arises: how do I do that?

In the first three half-days we go deeper into preparing for a job application and then creating an inviting CV and a good letter.

After these three sessions you are expected to adapt your letter and CV according to the tips and prepare yourself well for practicing the interview.

On day four or five: practicing a job interview.

3 March - How to successfully network | 9.30 am - 11.30 am

At a certain point during your stay in the Netherlands, you must have heard that networking is key: maybe because you are looking for a new job or you want to climb that corporate ladder. Whatever the reason, networking can still sound pretty daunting and nerve racking for most of us.

Based on her own experience and empowered by lots of discussions with many Dutch colleagues and her mentors, Qing would like to invite you to this webinar addressing following topics

- about the misconceptions surrounding networking

- how to efficiently network (i.e. the right approach and mindset)

- how to maintain and further develop your network

17, 24 March and 14 or 21 April - Job application training DCS| 9 am - 1 pm for all sessions

In this interactive training (Session 1 and 2), you will gain thorough understanding of the fundamentals of CV writing and motivation letter suitable for the Dutch job market while learn to consider your application from an employers' perspective and stand out from other applicants. You will learn to analyse a job advertisement and the techniques to tailor your CV and motivation letter that is attractive and convincing for the employer. During Session 3, you will have the opportunity to practice a mock interview and receive constructive and tailored feedback.

NOTE: This training is available for those who can attend ALL THREE SESSIONS.

19 May - Walking-social event | time to be announced

To be announced

Our workshops and events are (mostly) free of charge and are subsidized by UG. After your registration for a workshop, we will send you a confirmation email. If you are unable to attend after all, please let us know as soon as possible, so that we can make space for other interested participants. NOTE: Each workshop requires separate registration.

Dutch conversation meeting

Understanding and speaking Dutch is necessary if you want to be fully involved and be part of Dutch society as to create personal and professional networks. If you have reached a minimum level of A2, you can join the 'Leer beter Nederlands' conversation meetings.

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