Gaining experience is a process that encompasses all kinds of career preparation. By working, you learn more about your abilities, strengths, values, weaknesses and interests, and you develop important skills and competences. You’re also exploring the labour market, and you’re establishing a network. Therefore, it’s an extremely valuable process.
Moreover, many employers ask for experienced applicants. While it may sound challenging to gain work experience while completing a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, there are a number of options for you.
In the board or a committee of an Economics and Business study association, you’ll get to organise several events, interact with various academic, government and corporate bodies, and in the process you’ll attain valuable skills, experience and insights.
If you want to be more involved with the faculty organisation and its students, you could try to join the board the EB Faculty Student Council (FSR). The FSR represents students' interests in matters of faculty policy.
The board consists of up to twelve students from study programmes offered by the faculty.
An internship can do a lot for your personal and professional development. You get a taste of working life, which means you get to practice several skills and find out how a company operates, but you also find out how you respond to a work environment.
It’s a perfect opportunity to build your CV, expand your horizons and get to know yourself. You can read up on internships on our special page dedicated to them.
If you’re a Master’s student in Business Administration you'll take courses in ABS’ Business Lab in the second semester. You'll have the opportunity to choose two electives and work on two challenging real business cases.
During those two electives, leading global companies submit a business case to your class and challenge you to solve it in six weeks. Among others, corporations like Vodafone, L'Oréal, AB InBev, Shell and ABN AMRO have previously joined the Business Labs. Check the course catalogue to see which ones you can take, depending on your programme.
In the intensive Minor Entrepreneurship you develop a product or service that can actually be sold on the market or attract users. This way, you gain experience in setting up or further developing a real start-up, with a team of students from different backgrounds.