Future perspectives after Dutch Studies
As a graduate of Dutch Studies you have a lot to offer potential employers. You have a very broad general education. You have studied abroad, which is often an advantage. You are critical and have good communications skills, both spoken and written. You know how to deal with problems or issues. You can write. You are able to formulate a problem and order your arguments. And you have an understanding of complex communication issues. All academic skills which make you suitable for a broad range of professions.
Where do Leiden’s graduates of Dutch Studies work?
- in education and teaching Dutch in their own country of origin
- in companies, in their home countries, which have contacts with the Netherlands and vice versa
- at embassies or in government (as policy staff)
- in the academic world (as a researcher)
The route to your job
As a student of Dutch Studies you yourself can have a considerable influence on what you will achieve later in life. Leiden University offers you a range of possibilities to develop your talents, via:
- work placements
- committee work
- the minor programme
- master’s programme
Give yourself the time and opportunity to discover what you want to do after your study. Plot your route to the job you want to do. The advisers from the Careers Service of the Faculty of Humanities will be pleased to tell you more. Or choose your own path.
If you are a good and well-motivated student, you can also embark on an academic career. After your Bachelor’s Programme in Dutch Studies, you can opt for a two-year research master’s. Then you may apply for a PhD. This means that you will work for four years on a dissertation and will at the same time teach at the University. The start of an academic career as a lecturer or researcher!