Knowledge and skills
International Relations in Historical Perspective offers an excellent foundation for everyone who aspires to a career at a Ministry of Foreign Affairs. But, as in many other institutions, vacancies there are limited. Even if your International Relations degree allows you to call yourself an expert in the area of international relations, you may need to be ready to use your skills outside of this field. This Master’s programme offers that possibility, because it pays a lot of attention to skills as well as knowledge.
Consider, for example, the selection and analysis of sources of information, asking and answering relevant questions, and expressing these components in clear and comprehensible language (both in oral and written form). Every course aims at teaching you to look more critically at information, separate main points from accessory ones, and formulate research more clearly and precisely.
Why do we spend so much time on such skills? Because they provide you with everything you need to be able to profile yourself as a successful, all-round policymaker or advisor. Policies are not only made within a Ministry of Foreign Affairs; they are made in other ministries as well, and in small and large municipalities, NGOs, and consultancy firms. Such institutions need people who have the ability to dig their way through piles of information, dissect complex problems, and provide possible solutions in clear and comprehensible reports; all of which requires enhanced writing skills.
Utrecht Centre for Global Challenges (UGlobe)
The MA in International Relations in Historical Perspective is one of the UGlobe Master's programmes. The Utrecht Centre for Global Challenges (UGlobe) is a multi-disciplinary platform within Utrecht University for research, education and valorisation that is centred around the theme of a contested global order. We support our students with job search strategies by organising workshops, skills trainings and master classes with experts and practitioners in the field, often our own alumni. These activities will be organised under the Global Studies programme. Please have a look at the agenda for the latest events and join us at Facebook.
Career Services offers events, tests, coaching and training in and outside your masterprogramme, 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 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.