Workshops

You will soon graduate or have graduated recently . Which steps should you take to successfully enter the job market? Sign up now for one of the career workshops by Career Services and learn how to make a successful transition from university to labour market.

Workshops are organized all year round. Please note: there are limited places available, make sure you sign up in time! You can find the workshops on the SBE Career Platform. Registrations opens 3 to 4 weeks in advance.

This workshop is your starting point when you plan to start applying for jobs or internships within a year. We explain the application process and practice useful interview techniques. By the end of the workshop you will know how to start applying for a job with your favourite employer.
This workshop is designed for students that wish to start orienting on the (Dutch) labour market.

Topics in this workshop:

  • Your wants and needs versus employer’s wants and needs
  • How to start your job search?
  • Researching the job market
  • Various steps of the application process 
  • What to expext in a job interview?
  • Practising STAR-interview technique
  • Analysis of strengths and weaknesses

Methods:
The first part of this workshop consists of practical tips, feedback and information. The second part consists mainly of individual and group exercises.

Target group:
Third-year Bachelor's students, Master's students, alumni up to one year after graduation
This workshop has an introductory purpose and is suitable for students that wish to start orienting on the (Dutch) labour market.

Group size:
Max. 15 participants

Duration:
3 hours

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Learn how to write winning, result-driven CVs and motivation letters that showcase your experience and qualities to the full.
Receive inside information on what employers are looking for and how you can incorporate this into your CV and letter. After the workshop you can register for an individual session and have your updated CV and motivation letter reviewed.

Topics in this workshop:

  • What impression does your CV give?
  • Layout and style 
  • Purpose and content of CV and motivation letter
  • Tips & tricks and Do’s and don’ts
  • Feedback on CV and cover letter

Methods:
In addition to learning important theory, you will mainly be doing practical exercises individually or together with another student.

Target group:
Third-year Bachelor's students, Master's students, alumni up to one year after graduation

Group size:
Max. 15 participants

Duration:
3 hours 

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Pre-work:
Bring along your CV and a recent motivation letter, including a description of the job you are applying for.

Choosing a career path: CareerLeader assessment

How do you discover what career is right for you?

In this workshop you will work on your career vision. Career vision means being able to imagine the work roles, organizational culture and broader work/life balance you will experience in your work and life in general. Starting point is the CareerLeader online assessment. It will help you to discover the career ingredients that suit you: what are you good at, what interests you, and what motivates you? During the workshop, we will analyse your results in small groups and discuss what these results mean for your career path and the choices you make.

Your registration includes the CareerLeader assessment (value € 80,- the costs for you are €25).

What is the CareerLeader Assessment?
CareerLeader is an online career assessment especially designed for students in economics and business. The tool has been developed for and by Harvard Business School and is used by a majority of top business schools worldwide.

Topics in this workshop:

  • Taking the online CareerLeader assessment (pre-work, +/- 45 minutes)
  • Interpreting your personal report
  • Discussing your interests, skills and motivation in small groups
  • Developing a career vision
  • Determining your next steps and follow-up actions

Methods
Online assessment, small group exercises and peer advice

Target group
Third year Bachelor's students and MSc students

Group size
Max. 20 participants

Costs CareerLeader (non-refundable)
We offer you the online assessment at the reduced tariff of € 25. This includes a personal account, two takes of the test and the opportunity to invite other people to give you 360° feedback. The amount is non-refundable.

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"The CareerLeader test was a real eye-opener"
Lotte, MSC Business Administration IKM
"CareerLeader helped me to determine interests and follow-up studies."
Mark, MSC Business Administration S&O

Did you know that most vacancies are filled by word of mouth? Only a third of all job vacancies are published on a website or job vacancy board. Discover new ways to explore the job market and build up your contacts.

Topics in this workshop:

  • Networking do’s en don’ts
  • ‘Likeability’
  • Introduce yourself with impact
  • Practise tricky networking situations


In this workshop we focus on developing a powerful elevator pitch and offline networking. Our Linkedin workshop is a good addition for those interested in learning more about online networking.

Methods:
Exercises, combined with practical information and tips

Target group:
Third-year Bachelor's students, Master's students, alumni up to one year after graduation

Group size:
Max. 15 participants

Duration:
3 hours

Pre-work:
To prepare for this workshop we ask you to write a first draft of your elevator pitch. You will receive specific instructions by email before the workshop.

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LinkedIn is the most used online professional networking tool in the Netherlands, and setting up a profile is relatively easy. But how can you use LinkedIn to find a job? And  more importantly: how to make sure recruiters will find you? How should you build and sustain your professional (online) network? This workshop will provide you the answer to these and many other questions you never even knew to ask.

The LinkedIn workshop is designed for students that have a LinkedIn profile and want to learn to use it more effectively.

Topics in this workshop:

  • Online versus offline networking
  • Possibilities of LinkedIn platform
  • Optimising your profile
  • Searching and finding information with LinkedIn
  • Building and sustaining your (online) network

Methods:
This workshop consists mainly of practical tips, information and examples. In addition you will participate in individual and group exercises.

Target group:
Third-year Bachelor's students, Master's students, alumni up to one year after graduation. The LinkedIn workshop is designed for students that have a LinkedIn profile and want to learn to use it more effectively.

Group size:
Max. 30 participants

Duration:
3 hours

Pre-work:
Bring your laptop or tablet with running internet connection to the workshop.

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Interview training
Tell us about yourself! Practice your job interview with an experienced recruiter and with guidance of a professional career coach. How to make your profile and personality work for you during a job interview? In this workshop we will focus on how to impress the interviewer with your personality, presentation and style.

Topics: 

  • Dealing with common interview questions 
  • Practicing your interview skills with an experienced recruiter 
  • Likeability and style / Connecting to the interviewer

Methods:
Role play, giving and receiving feedback, observation 

Target group:
Masterstudents and alumni up to 1 year after graduation. This training is exclusively for master students. If you are a bachelor student, please contact careerservices.sbe@vu.nl us to discuss your registration. 

Group size:
Max. 15 participants 

Duration:
3 hours 

Language:
English

Pre-work:
A. Prepare to interview for your target position
B. Send your cv to careerservices.sbe@vu.nl at least 48 hours in advance

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Companies we have worked with for this training:

Calco
Dell
Eiffel
EY
Icemobile
ING
Randstad
YER

How do you decide if a job is right for you? What aspect of the job should you consider? Finding your ideal job starts with an understanding of who you are - your personal and professional talent and preferences - and how you would like to apply these in a job. In this interactive workshop you will translate your unique personality, expertise and interests into a ‘blueprint of your  ideal job’.

Topics:

  • Gain insight into your behavioural preferences 
  • Compare these insights to actual job vacancies 
  • Develop a description of your ideal job 

Methods
Define your ideal job is an interactive workshop. Using exercises, tests, peer coaching and individual feedback, you will put together a description of your ideal job. 

Target group:
Third-year Bachelor's students, Master's students, alumni up to one year after graduation.

Group size:
Max. 15 participants 

Duration:
3 hours 

Language:
English 

Pre-work:
Take a behavioural preference test (15 minutes) and find 3 interesting job/internship vacancies. 

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In this workshop you learn how to prepare for a case interview in a job application procedure. We will discuss goals and strategies, and provide you with tips and tricks to improve your performance.
You will get hands-on experience working on a business case and/or “guesstimate”.  

Topics in this workshop:

  • What is a case interview
  • Strategies to tackle a business case
  • Guesstimates
  • Practice!
  • Tips & tricks

Methods:
Discussion, information and practical experience working on a business case or guesstimate.

Target group:
Third-year Bachelor's students, Master's students, alumni up to one year after graduation.
For Finance and Financial Management students, we also offer a tailor-made workshop on Finance Case interviews throughout the year.

Group size:
Max. 30 participants 

Duration:
3 hours 

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How do you get paid what you’re worth? What is the right starting salary for someone with your knowledge and expertise? Can you even negotiate as a starter on the job market? In this workshop you will learn the basic principles of successful negotiations. We will discuss the room to negotiate in a variety of situations and give you ample opportunity to practice and develop your skills.

Topics in this workshop:

  • Essential negotiation theory
  • Preparing for a negotiation
  • Negotiation case
  • Lots of tips and tricks

Methods:
Discussion, role-play, feedback and information.

Target group:
Third-year Bachelor's students, Master's students, alumni up to one year after graduation

Group size:
Max. 15 participants 

Duration:
3 hours 

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The monthly CareerLab is the place to learn about innovative career themes, giving you just the edge you need to succeed in tomorrow’s job market. Depending on the topic, the CareerLab can be an training, a business case, a network session or a presentation. All CareerLabs are organized in cooperation with external parties, such as potential employers, professional trainers and alumni. Examples of CareerLab sessions hosted this year are ‘Finding a job in the Netherlands’, ‘The ins and outs of Venture Capital’, ‘Boost your career with the perfect outfit’, ‘Coding’ ‘Introduction to Design Thinking’, ‘Personal Branding’ and ‘Big Data’.

The CareerLab takes place on the first Monday of each month from 15.00-17.00. You can find more information and reserve your seat in the event calendar on the SBE Career Platform.

We are happy to offer our career services for free to all SBE students. However:

Free of charge does not mean not free of responsibility.

Our activities tend to be fully booked well in advance. For every late cancellation or no-show, we have had to disappoint a couple of students who would have liked to attend.

This is how we work:

  • Once you have signed up for an activity, we expect you to attend;
  • If you need to cancel your appointment or workshop, do so at the earliest possible moment;
  • For individual appointments: you can use the link in the confirmation and reminder of your registration to cancel up to 24 hours in advance;
  • For workshops: we will send you a reminder a week in advance of the workshop. This is your last chance to cancel. Workshops booked within a week before the scheduled date, cannot be cancelled. 
  • If you cancel after this deadline, you cannot participate in any career services activities for 8 weeks. All existing bookings within this time range will be cancelled;
  • Not showing up without notice will mean you cannot participate in any career services activity for 8 weeks. Two no-shows mean you cannot participate for 6 months;
  • The cancellation deadlines do not apply if you cannot attend because of circumstances beyond your control. In this case, please notify us as soon as possible.