The what, why, how, when and who guide of the MSM Career Services
At MSM, we believe that each person’s unique history, talents, skills and dreams should be explored and developed to help each student find a career fit that will ensure that they can be the best version of themselves in their work. Self-development and learning how to have a healthy, sustainable work-life balance is also a strong focus of MSM’s career service philosophy.
Students are provided products and services that will allow them to boost their career and personal advancement. Have a look at the below section “How” and “Tips and Useful links” for more details. But please make sure you read the legal advise for international students and part-time jobs first! You can find this information in the “Legal” section below.
Students are encouraged and welcome to visit the Career Service department at any time. If students prefer to have a private consult they can contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org), to make an appointment.
In today’s society, employers are increasingly looking for well-rounded, well-balanced, self-aware prospective employees, rather than on people only focused on one aspect of themselves (such as a specific skill or academic knowledge).
Since students are the ones taking the courageous step to pursue further studies, at considerable costs, we at MSM see the development and helping of students with regards to their future career as one of our most serious responsibilities.
Not only do we want to help students match their skills and talents to an exciting career path, but we also want them to shine in their career, as ambassadors for MSM.
International students and part-time jobs
As being an international student in the Netherlands, you might want to take a part-time job. It is important to take a number of legal issues into account as depending on your nationality there are some restrictions.
Only citizens from the EU/EEA (except Croatia) and Switzerland do not need a work permit to work in The Netherlands.
Citizens of all other countries need a work permit. Dutch immigration law restricts the number of hours international students may work (with a work permit). They may either do seasonal full-time work (only in June , July and August) or work part-time throughout the rest of the year, but no more than 10 hours per week. It is up to the employer of the international student to apply for the work permit for the student.
Students who are in the Netherlands solely for study reasons can conclude a relatively cheap student medical insurance but as soon as a student starts a part-time job, he/she is an employee and immediately will have to take out the more expensive Dutch basic health care insurance.
Students are allowed to do a traineeship without a permit if the traineeship is part of the curriculum of the study program and they receive ECTS for the traineeship.
For more information, the following website may be helpful: https://www.studyinholland.nl/practical-matters/working-while-studying
Finding a job depends on a lot of various different factors : how actively the student searches, what the student is looking for, how flexible the student is, whether the student uses all the career tools MSM provides, how hard-working the student is, as well as past experiences (work, international exposure, volunteering, internships, education).
Career Services at MSM, entails that we provide our students with all the necessary tools to maximize the student’s chances of finding a job upon completion of his/her program at MSM. Although jobs can never be guaranteed, we provide students with many and various opportunities to get into contact with companies to help them find a job. This is done in the following ways:
- High-profile HR managers coming to talk to the students, telling them what profiles they are looking for
- Guest lecturers from specific sectors, as well as company visits and Business Challenges
- Networking events
- Regional corporate partners that are specifically looking for international/foreign students
- CV book for our corporate partners to facilitate the recruitment of our students
- Master consultancy project opportunity which could lead to a job offer
- Job fairs that take place in the Netherlands
- CV + motivational letter writing for the Dutch market (+ individual feedback sessions),
- Presentation skills,
- How to approach the Dutch job market,
- LinkedIn, Video resume, elevator pitch workshops.
- Self-awareness and self-development coaching and Soft Skill development
- Posting jobs to our students and alumni via our student & alumni platform MSM Networker
- Mentorship program (More information)
- Beginner Dutch Lessons (optional)
Besides being one of the only European countries fluent in English, the Netherlands has one of the more open policies in Europe for encouraging foreign students to come work in the Netherlands since there is a high demand for foreign student expertise. After completing the Master in Management or MBA, students are allowed to stay in the country for a whole year after completing your studies to search for a job (https://www.hollandalumni.nl/career/work-in-holland/orientation-year)
From day 1 of the academic year at MSM, until and including becoming an alumni of MSM, the MSM Career Services works alongside the student via the career service tools, mentioned under the section “HOW”.
Students are trained early on in CV and motivational letter writing, as well as interview techniques and how to approach the job market effectively so that they can start searching for job as possible.
The self-awareness and soft-skill development happens throughout the year in various forms (trainings, guest lecturers, multi-cultural group projects).
MBA Students interested in a mentor, will be matched as early on as possible to ensure maximum benefit from the experience.
A CV book is made during the spring period to share with our corporate partners and help match our students to their needs.
Posting of jobs is done on a regular basis to our students and alumni via our student platform: www.msmnetworker.com
Our Career Service and Student Officers are also available throughout, and after, the studies, for face-to-face, or skype, meetings for those with specific questions, are wishing some guidance on a career-related matter.
Tips and useful links
Togetherabroad: Job board for internationals
HigherEd: internships, trainee positions, and graduate positions.
JobTeaser: Career platform including jobs and internships, recruitment events, company videos and career advice
Improving your networking skills
By Dr. Stephanie K. Jones, Phd
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior
You’ve finally gained your hard-earned degree and have decided to stay on in the Netherlands for a year under the “Highly-Skilled Knowledge Migrants” scheme and look for a job. Or, you’ve decided to go back home to work. Or, you don’t mind where you go as long as the job is interesting, challenging and fairly well-paid. You’ve tried applying for jobs in the conventional way – responding to advertisements in newspapers and on company websites, and through recruitment agencies. So far, nothing very exciting is happening. What to do next?
During my career I’ve changed jobs many times. Even though I applied for jobs through advertisements and sometimes got interviews, this was never how I actually landed a job. I joined MSM through attending a conference in Dubai. I approached an exhibition stand promoting Kuwait Maastricht Business School, and met senior people from this school and from MSM.
Here are networking tips #1and #2: go to conferences and exhibitions and approach people, and be open to the idea of joining an organization “through the back door”. You might have to work for a supplier or branch organization for a few years, but then you can gain the chance to work for the employer of your choice.
I remember gaining another job by finding out the name of a senior manager and making a direct approach through the girlfriend of a friend (tip #3). It’s always better to have a warm, personal contact than a cold one. Cold approaches can work, though – but it depends on timing (tip #4). If your CV hits the spot at the right time, you can get lucky – but this depends on researching the needs of the organization and tailoring your CV accordingly. What is happening politically, economically and socially which might make this organization want you?
Otherwise you simply have to know lots of useful people. Tip #5 – belong to a professional group. This could be your local Rotary and/or other charitable networking groups for business people. Or you could a join a Chamber of Commerce. If you are in the Netherlands but you don’t speak Dutch? There are American and international groups. Offer to give a talk. Don’t know about anything? You do! How about your MBA thesis topic? Or how about presenting an introduction to doing business in your country? Many of these organizations are short of speakers. And you should be able to do a good job and make an interesting talk, after all those cases and presentations on the MBA program!
No good at public speaking? Then you could write an article (tip #6). Put your phone number and email address at the bottom. Find a newspaper or magazine and flick through the first few pages to locate the “masthead” – the listing of editorial staff. Phone them up and say what you would like to write about. Or send in a Letter to the Editor. It works just as well for on-line publications. You can send your article to contacts to remind them about you, and readers will follow up, often in unexpected ways.
Tip #7 – find out the name of a top manager, get a recommendation and set up a short meeting – 15-20 minutes. Nearly everyone can spare this much time. And don’t be groveling and begging for a job – just simply ask for advice. Say what you have done so far and that you’re open-minded about your next career move. He (or she) is a successful executive – what would this person do in your situation? Invite this admired executive to share with you the details of his or her most important career moves. You can learn interesting insights and most senior people LOVE telling younger, aspiring people how they made it to the top. In the process they may well think that you are a person of ambition, taste and judgment and invite you to join their organization!
Tips to improve your Curriculum Vitae
The Curriculum Vitae is the tool to communicate your professional career, your strengths and achievements, and to boost your opportunities in the labor market. To present a clear Curriculum Vitae or Resume is essential to give a good impression on the employer, and it is useful when you want to have a record of your own experience and to think about your next step in your professional live.
The CV must provide a systematic and neatly arranged information about you, your achievements and the type of professional and person you are. Here, there are some tips that can be useful in the redaction and improvement of your CV:
- The information must be clear. It is important to register the years and specific data clearly.
- It is always better to give a personal email address, so you know it will be in use for long time.
- Additional data like religion, civil status, number of children, name and data from family members is not relevant. Only if you consider that it is important for a specific job you want to apply to, it is possible to give that information also.
- It is not necessary to put your picture.
- The information about education and work experience must be registered in chronological order, starting from the most recent experience to the last one.
- Long and exhaustive CVs are not appreciated (more than 4 pages).
- Therefore it may be not possible to register all the courses and trainings, and also all the jobs you already had. It is necessary then to choose the most relevant experiences in your career and to present these in a good way. This information may vary depending on the reader you are intending to reach, and according to issues you think could be more relevant in each case.
- It is important to be clear and brief in your descriptions, especially regarding your main activities and responsibilities at work. That can be done using bullets and short but direct sentences expressing actions, for example: Organizing, Coordinating, Evaluating…
- You don’t have to be modest. It is important to express your achievements and that you are a good professional, but it is also not convenient to “brag”.
- The social and organizational skills and competences are important, because they can give additional information that might not be visible in your experience record. Social skills can be for example: mediating skills, intercultural communicator, and ability to improvise. Some examples of organizational skills can be: ability to work independently, and also in teams, experience in organizing trainings and seminars. The social and organizational skills can also be written giving information about the activity you performed that gave you the opportunity to learn that skill.
The Curriculum Vitae is the most important document in your search for a new job, or simply in the opportunity for a good employer to find you,