Career Development

Getting to work with all your knowledge and skills

The Master’s programme Youth Studies educates you to be an academic professional. If you complete the programme, you will possess the knowledge, competences and methodical skills you need for a wide range of academic positions in the big field of youth welfare. You will learn to:

  • interpret research, analyse it and carry it out yourself; 
  • analyse policies and develop them based on scientific knowledge;
  • contribute to the execution of tangible interventions and policies;
  • investigate the effectiveness of certain interventions and policy measures;
  • contribute to the implementation of interventions and policies that have been proven to be effective.

Getting to know the field

During the programme, you will frequently be in the field. During the internship, you will gain experience in a junior position. You will also follow guest lectures by academics from the field. These guest lectures are often the result of cooperation with knowledge institutions for research programmes. Employees from those organizations organise guest lectures and in doing so, provide the education system with the latest developments.

Professional basic skills

You will learn professional basic skills during the module 'Academic Professional'. These skills vary from job orientation, maintaining professional networks and professional ethics to handling the conflicting interests of clients and those who commissioned you, peer reviews and lifelong learning.

Career-planning and work-field orientation
FSW What's Next

What's Next?!

Every year, the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences organises What's Next?! to prepare you for the world of further studies, internships and job-hunting. Over the course of two weeks, you can attend all kinds of free workshops intended to help you plan your future and acquire new skills which will come in handy after your studies. Keep an eye on the What's Next?! web page for more information about the upcoming edition of this event.

Career Services

In addition to the activities organised by the programme and the faculty, Utrecht University offers several university-wide services to familiarise you with the labour market.

Career Services offers training related to career orientation and job application skills; examples include writing an job application letter and a resume or how to conduct a job interview. Every faculty has its own Career Officer who can help you discover your talents and interests and help you orientate on future career prospects.

You can find more information about career services on Career Services for Dutch students or Career Services for international students.

Careers Day

Careers Day

Once a year Utrecht University organises the Careers Day, which brings students and companies together. The Careers Day offers you the opportunity to sign up for workshops and trainings, and to meet recruiters at the Career Fair. For example, you can attend a job application training or have your resume checked.