Am I ready for a new challenge? How can I broaden my experience and my horizon? I know what I want, but how do I get there?

It is good to keep moving forward, whether it’s on a temporary project or because you are ready for the next step in your career. New work experiences in a different role or work environment broaden your perspective and provide greater clarity on your qualities and interests. Projects, internships, and work secondments are good opportunities for this. If you are looking for somewhere new to work, then it is a good idea to explore vacancies both at and outside UT and to acquire knowledge and skills in order to apply for jobs successfully.

GOING ABROAD

Would you like to find out what developments are taking place in your field at universities abroad and would you like to learn from them? If you are planning to go abroad, you may be eligible for a grant. Look at the grants below to see what your options are. If you have found a suitable one, discuss with your manager whether a visit to a foreign university would be a good investment for broadening your knowledge and experience.

ERASMUS+

The Erasmus+ staff mobility programme is intended for teaching staff seeking to carry out an education-related assignment or other staff members (academic and support) wishing to take a training course or do an internship at one of the Erasmus+ partner institutions or organisations in an Erasmus+ programme country. They can run from two to sixty days, with remuneration varying from one country to another, and are subject to availability. Further information: Yael Veenstra Konzizky, Y. (Centre for Educational Support) y.konzizky@utwente.nl.

ECIU

The ECIU staff mobility programme is intended for support staff employees who would like to broaden their knowledge and experience by visiting one of the ECIU universities. This could take the form of a brief visit or a longer internship. Five stimulation grants of €1500 are available every year.

FULBRIGHT

Every year, the Fulbright programme makes grants available for academics wishing to teach in the US. The minimum duration of the stay in the US is three months. The grant amounts to a maximum of $13,000 for senior academics and up to $9,000 for junior academics.

MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions awards grants for talented and experienced researchers who hold a PhD, with the aim of enhancing their career prospects. An Individual Fellowship offers the chance to spend 12-24 months conducting research at an institution inside or outside Europe. The grant is to cover travel and accommodation costs and is paid to the host organisation. For advice and support with applications, anyone interested should contact the EU Office: Maria-Luisa Carosso (m.l.carosso@utwente.nl).

If you have not yet found a suitable grant, take a look at Beursopener and Research Professional (for additional information, see the UT instructions for use).
These are search engines for international grants.

INTERNSHIPS AND WORK SECONDMENTS

Being on an internship or secondment involves working at a different location or even with a different organisation. This could be to gain fresh knowledge for your current position or as a means of exploring possible future options.

It is a good idea to consider beforehand the purpose of your internship or secondment and where this purpose can best be served. You should discuss this with your manager or HR advisor.

The initiative for finding a suitable place in or outside UT lies with you, so you should use your own network for this. The Career Development Centre can help you find a suitable place by using its regional networks or at universities in the Netherlands.

APPLYING FOR JOBS

If you are about to apply for a job at or outside UT, good preparation is essential. What constitutes a good CV? How do you write a letter that grabs the reader’s attention? What kind of questions will you get asked during a job interview? How important is social media nowadays?

The Career Development Centre will give you feedback on your letter or CV, on request. There is also a special training course for PhDs.

JOB VACANCIES

Are you ready for the next step in your career?

If so, keep a close eye on the vacancies at UT. One way to do this is to sign up for a Job Alert at the bottom right of the vacancies page. You will receive an email whenever a new vacancy arises at UT.

Would you like to stay up to date regarding other vacancies? For academic positions, see academic transfer and for jobs elsewhere in the region, twente.com.