After your defense

After graduation or doctoral degree you are an alumnus of VU Amsterdam. You belong to our VU Alumni Community, a network of over 95.000 graduates. Stay in touch via VU alumni network or join Promovendi Netwerk Nederland, Maria Curie Alumni Network, and Holland Alumni Network.

Some of these Alumni networks provide career services and counseling.

The graduate schools and faculties offer training to improve your career chances in or outside academia. For more information on opportunities for job placements please consult our vacancies.

For PhD candidates who are officially employed by the VU (internal PhD candidates), the Expertise center HR development organizes a series of three (mandatory) career workshops towards the end of their employment period. During these workshops, you learn to reflect on your competences, gain practical skills in networking and LinkedIn, how to write a successful CV and cover letter and conduct job interviews. You will be invited for these workshops by the Expertise center three months before your contract ends. For more information, please visit the job-to-job-counselling page on VUnet.

A number of job opportunities in science are also available at the: 

We also encourage our PhD candidates to look beyond academic jobs and explore opportunities in non academic settings.