Is there life after the RMA?
Is There Life After the RMA? is a series of career orientation events organised by the RMA Comparative Literary Studies that takes place in the second semester every year. During the first two events, students can meet alumni who have successfully applied for PhD positions and are employed in academia as well as alumni who have transitioned to non-academic professions in publishing, PR, at cultural institutions, and in teaching. The third event is a workshop in cooperation with the career services on topics such as professional self-analysis and writing a good CV. Attendance is highly recommended, as the events help with setting up a professional network and teach skills that are not part of the standard curriculum, which will make life after the RMA at least as good as life during the RMA.
Since November 2013, an active graduate network has been established and plans are being made to involve graduates of the programme in sharing their experiences with current students.
Students can obtain additional training in academic skills from the Graduate School, including extra training in written English for those who need it.
You are also strongly encouraged to attend the annual Humanities Lectures series, which will extend your awareness of broader Humanities issues. Previous series have been devoted to new developments in Digital Humanities and Europe. These lectures also provide the occasion to participate in cross-disciplinary debates.
In the core seminars, emphasis is placed on peer review, which is an important part of your professional training in editing and giving collegial criticism.
Career Services offers events, tests, coaching and training in and outside your Master's programme, related to professional self-analysis, career orientation and job application skills. You can find more information about career services on Career Services for Dutch students or Career Services for international students.
Career Night Humanities
The Faculty of Humanities organises a Career Night Humanities with interesting partners who will illustrate the diversity in career opportunities for humanities graduates and give you possibilities to develop yourself by joining their projects or attending their services. Read more about the Career Night Humanities (in Dutch).
Once a year Utrecht University organises a Careers Day. This Careers Day offers the opportunity to sign up for workshops and trainings, and to meet recruiters at the careers fair. It’s also possible to participate in a job application training or have your résumé checked.