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Job market orientation

After obtaining their PhD, most of our graduates find a new position outside the University, for instance in the private sector or a civil society organisation. As you will not necessarily continue your career within the academic world, it is important to start thinking in good time about what you would like to do after completing your PhD.

We advise you to already start thinking about your further career in the third year of your PhD programme. Important steps you can take: 

  1. Visit the PhD Career Platform for self-reflection and personality tests, online courses, tips and testimonials of alumni.
  1. Then visit a career coach. Together you work on the results of the exercises and tests. In one to three individual sessions, the coach helps you turn the acquired insights into a concrete action plan.


If you dream of an academic career after your PhD, a postdoc job is often the logical next step. But a career in academia is not a given for everyone, so it is important that you start thinking about what you want to do after your PhD in good time. The career advisers and the Career Platform can help you with this. 

Postdocs receive a temporary contract, often as part of a specific project. Every year, hundreds of researchers apply for postdoc positions at Leiden University.


Some faculties offer the opportunity of a research fellowship to talented researchers with a PhD who wish to become more specialised. This enables you to conduct academic research at a high level within a research programme.

Leiden Law Career Service for PhD

Are you curious about your career in the near future? What are your possibilities inside or out of the academia? How would you promote yourself on the labour market?

Career Adviser Marije Bedaux

The career service from Leiden Law School provides information and offers support if you have questions about your career, your personal profile, the job market and job applications.

Marije Bedaux is Career Adviser at the Leiden Law School, Leiden University, the Netherlands. She is the owner of Marije Bedaux Coaching & Advies. Her educational background is in law, coaching and counselling, and mediation. Marije’s expertise is in advising and counselling law students and professionals, recruitment and career coaching to lawyers. She is a NLP coach focused on providing individual and organisational counselling services. She specialises in work-related stress and career switch for experienced professionals. As owner of Marije Bedaux Coaching & Advies, her specialties are headhunting, recruitment, coaching, consultancy, employability, student counselling and mediation

You can contact Marije Bedaux for:

  • career advice
  • personal branding advice
  • choice of Master’s programme and career options
  • career tests
  • information about career orientation and job applications
  • workshops
  • CV and cover letter checks
  • information sessions
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