Blog & Opinion
24 January 2019 • Floris van der Heijde
Invest in yourself
During your secondary school days, it was pretty easy to find a suitable after-school or holiday job. All of my friends worked in a supermarket or at a fast food chain. It suddenly takes on a different slant when you become a student. Do you keep working as a shelf stacker? Or do you look for a job in your field?
What are the options?
I advise every student to try as many different things as possible. You can, of course, keep working as a shelf stacker at Albert Heijn. You may even become Team Leader; it’s pays all right too. But is that where you see your future? It is important to think about these kind of things.
I assume that you didn’t pick your degree programme because www.studiekeuze.nl, said it was a good choice, but that you went for a course that suited you. Well, I hope so in any case. So, why not try to find a job in your field? Many people’s first reaction is often: “But how can I get a job without a diploma?”. I’ll tell you.
Find an internship
Apply for an internship somewhere! Many students think that an internship is something you do as part of your studies. That is true, but you can do an internship independently of your course. There are always organisations on the lookout for interns. Which means you can earn money during your degree programme and even more important: get some practical experience! Employers are always looking for people with experience. You will probably earn less than you would as a Team Leader at Albert Heijn, but you will reap more benefits in the future.
Just do it
Proactivity and initiative are valued. It shows you really want something. Approaching an organisation on your own initiative with a strong cover letter increases your chance of an internship. Just do it!
Floris van der Heijde is a third-year Communications student at THUAS. In his blogs he recounts typical student stories. He also greatly relishes sleeping late during the weekends (and preferably also during the week).