Master in Arts & Heritage
Graduated in: 2008
Current location: Berlin, Germany
Job: Head of the Project and Events
Employer: Kulturprojekte Berlin
Responsibilities: initiate and implement temporary or annual projects related to Berlin’s history
I like my job because: I am dealing with different scenes in culture scene every day and on top of that I learn a lot about German or Berlin history.
Dream: Continue to work for Kulturprojekte and learn more about the dynamics between scenes and various institutions like galleries, musea, theatres, etcetera.
Graduated in: 2013
Current location: Coventry, United Kingdom
Job: PhD Researcher
Employer: Centre for Business in Society at Coventry University
Responsibilities: I am analysing and writing the thesis and therefore much of my day is spent in my flat working on my thesis. It also involves preparing for presentations at conferences, and attending events such as conferences and seminars, both at my university and at other venues.
I like my job because: I enjoy discussing areas of research and policy and sharing ideas with peers in the field from all over the world.
Dream: Maybe in academia but possibly working for a think-tank or policy institute or an arts organisation working on arts philanthropy.
Graduated in: 2007
Current location: Prague, Czech Republic
Employer: Jindrich Chalupecky Society (platform for Czech contemporary art in international contexts)
Responsibilities: My job consists of curatorial, conceptual and administrative tasks. I am outlining and overseeing our overall programming and operation, but also curating specific exhibitions or projects.
I like my job because: I love to work on exhibitions or discursive projects, collaborate with artists on new commissions. I really enjoy the phase when the ideas I was working on for often a year or more finally materialize in the exhibition space.
Dream: I tend to take things as they come. Let's see where life takes me. Maybe to Malaysia to become a curator over there or make my own goat’s cheese in a village nearby Prague.
Master in Global Health
Current location: The Netherlands
Job: Product Specialist
Employer: Philips Light and Health
Responsibilities: Involved in registration products as official medical devices, manuals and packaging, and entering new markets
I like my job because: It has a strong international and business component combined with healthcare
Dream: Assist NGO's in developing countries with making their business models more sustainable
Chiel van der Voort
Graduated in 2011
Current location: Croatia
Job: Ecosystem Designer
Employer: Sleepy Paradise
Responsibilities: "Very versatile tasks in around the house including the care for our animals and guests"
I love my job because: "We are making a contribution to the revival of this area which was highly affected by the war"
Dream: "I hope in 5 years time our holiday destination is up and running so we can sustain ourselves and spread the philosophy of permaculture and assist to implement it anywhere else in the world"
Current location: Colombia
Job: Director and Founder
Responsibilities: "I can do my job from everywhere, as long as it has a good internet connection. I am coaching young people to prepare to enter university or an internship, mostly via Skype. The rest I spend on maintaining the social media pages that have around 600.000 followers."
I love my job because: "Working with people has always been ideal and now I can combine it with my humanitarian work!"
Dream: "Uncertainty is my best friend now, which opens me to endless possibilities"
Personal development for young alumni
The Coach Café is an evening programme which is intended for young alumni (who graduated no more than five years previously) and involves three rounds of discussions. Each round will focus on one question:
1. What is your talent?
2. What is your dream?
3. What is your next step?
Each meeting will involve three participants, young alumni of Maastricht University, and one coach. The coach will supervise the discussion, ask stimulating questions, inspire the participants and help them find answers.
The concept has proved successful and similar events have been organised in various locations in the Netherlands for years. It helps young alumni to adopt a more mindful approach to what their true strengths and wishes are.
On Tuesday 6 March (fully booked) and Wednesday April 4 the next editions of the Coachcafé will take place in Maastricht! Registration will open on February 1! Register here
Independent team players
It has been shown that UM alumni are more competent than their colleagues trained elsewhere in ten professional skill areas. They have strong problem-solving abilities, work in a project-based manner, quickly find their way around information, and are masters at producing new ideas.
UM alumni are well capable of operating and managing independently while at the same time being strong team players who are open to colleagues. Moreover, they are broadly oriented towards Europe and the world and have excellent knowledge of English thanks to the usually English-taught programmes. They are doing equally well in national and international companies as in academic, cultural and societal institutions.
Maastricht University in de rankings
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|QS under 50||7||6||8||7||13|
|THE under 50||6||6||4||6|
For more information see rankings and accreditations
Vacancies and internships
Looking for a job or an internship? Visit UM Career Services they can provide you with information on:
links to UM vacancy databases
links to external vacancy websites
information on working and living abroad
setting up your own company
Or go the UM Vacancy Board and professionals. The board also lists internships, part-time jobs and voluntary positions.
Life long learning
Maastricht University has a wide range of Postgraduate Programmes. So there is always a possibility to broaden or update your knowledge long after you have graduated. UM offers short courses, workshops and study programmes over a longer period of time. Also, the Language Centre has lots to offer if you have ambitions to learn a new language or improve one you master already. For some programmes counts that alumni are offered the courses or workshops for a special price.
How can we be of service to you NOW, now that you just graduated?
Maastricht University Career Services is there to help students prepare for their professional career. But of course we won't forget about our alumni.
Up till 6 months after graduation you can make use of the following services:
- CV check and Quick Career Advice
- Vacancy database of UM Career Services
- Orientation workshops and career preparation workshops
- Presentations, network and career events
- Job interview simulation (individually and with video recordings)
- Individual assessment training
- Individual support from our career counsellors
- Online tips & tools
How can we be of service to each other LATER in your career?
UM Career Services can even be of service to the company or organisation for which you are employed. Your employer can also be of great value to us. We can assist each other through the following:
- The possibility to offer work placements and/or (starter) vacancies for free via our vacancy database
- The possibility to represent your company or employer at career events
- The organisation of a company visit for students
- Help in finding the right contacts within Maastricht University and/or study associations
- Enlisting UM students by means of a presentation, lecture or participation in a career event.
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