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Tips & tricks

Below we offer you tips and strategies you can work on in all phases of your transition from education to employment. If you feel like you are running out of time, drop in on our Career Advisors for individual assistance!

What do I want?

1. Get to know yourself

  • Find out what your strengths, drives and passions are. What interests do you have? Which industries and companies interest you? And what competences define who you are?
  • Visit the FEB Career Services in person and follow us on Facebook to find out about all the career services we have to offer for you to get to know yourself.
  • Schedule an appointment with our Career Advisors via the Student Support Desk.
  • Attend an interactive career development workshop .

Gain experience

2. Get to know the labour market

  • Get a part-time job. For instance, in a company that matches your interests and field of study. Or apply for a student assistantship.
  • Apply for a committee or board to gain some experience in the field of management, team work, leadership, communication and commercial awareness.
  • Consider studying abroad to broaden your horizon and gain international experience and network. Find out more about our Double Degree options.
  • Internship abroad: we offer all of our students access to Going Global (see left menu): the leading provider of career and employment resources for evaluating, selecting and transitioning into a successful career in a foreign country.
  • Join a Business Challenge that is offered by the Career Services or participate in the course Business Research & Consulting (now for Bsc & Msc!)

Invest in your network

Talk to People & Invest in Your Network

  • Prepare an ‘elevator pitch’ or ’30-Second Pitch’. An elevator pitch consists of a 30-second overview of your knowledge, skills, and accomplishments and is worth memorising.
  • Talk to people you already know (friends, alumni or relatives), who work at the companies you would like to work at. Find out about: the job content; what their daily activities are; what responsibilities they have; what career prospects there are, etc.
  • Consider getting a personal Career Mentor. To prepare students for their entry into the job market, the FEB Career Mentor Programme pairs successful alumni with current students. Alumni professionals coach students to maximise their career opportunities.
  • Visite career fairs, Business and Economics conferences, recruitment days, the Careers Week and other events where you can have direct contact with companies. These are announced via Career ConNEXT and Student Portal.

Plan activities

3. Develop yourself and your skills

Strengthen Your Personal Profile

  • Develop a CV and have it reviewed at The FEB Career Services. Our Student Team offers you free CV and motivation letter checks on a daily basis!
  • Participate in extracurricular activities like joining a sports club, student or study association, organising an event, joining our Honours Programme or participating in student consultancy assignments.
  • Apply for voluntary work: this shows your social engagement, it says something about your interests, and helps you gain some practical experience.
  • Establish and maintain your professional online presence through networks such as LinkedIn.
  • Sign up on Career ConNEXT and you have 24x7 access with which to easily register for career events, search jobs and internships, and manage multiple CVs, motivation letters, and other employment related documents. Corporate relations and alumni of FEB post their jobs and internships on Career ConNEXT, which might be interesting for you!
  • Attend our weekly application and skills workshops, presented by a certified career coach, at the FEB Career Services.

Check out what we mean by Employability Skills and what employers value!

Get the job!

4. Get the job!

  • Subscribe to the FEB Career Services Newsletter to receive offers for internships and jobs via your email.
  • Have your CV and motivation letter checked during our workshops or by our Student Team during daily walk-in hours.
  • Consider the option of applying for the Corporate Master's Traineeship . This programme gives talented students from all FEB master’s programmes the opportunity to, besides obtaining their MSc degree, complete an exclusive and high-level six-month assignment at a top organisation.
  • Discuss your job-hunting strategy with a Career Advisor and consult the FEB Career Services' website.

Your digital footprint

And what about your digital footprint?

Consider this: Review your online images. Are you on Facebook, YouTube, a blog? You can count on recruiters taking a look at your profile. Even a great CV will not get you an interview if your online presence and photographs are deemed questionable. Create a profile on LinkedIn that shows your personal interests as well as your qualifications. Spend some time creating an attractive profile .

How do recruiters use your digital footprint?

Last modified:27 August 2018 2.43 p.m.