Take Off is there to help students improve their CV and give them the opportunity to prepare for the future.

Are you looking to improve your CV by studying abroad or joining the Programme Committee? Then you’re in luck because we’ve gathered all the information about ways to upgrade your resume that are offered by the UvA!

SSPN made a great Masterguide for all specializations available in the Netherlands:

Masterguide SSPN 2020-2021

The UvA Student Careers Centre offers services that are available to all UvA students from all degree programs. They can help you to examine which degree programme and career is right for you.

Key subjects include:

  • Study choice or switching degree programmes
  • Choosing a Master’s
  • CV checks
  • Cover letter checks
  • Insight into your qualities, interests and motivation
  • Interview practice
  • Getting more out of LinkedIn
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Exploring the job market

If you would like to discuss another subject related to your studies or future career you can contact the Career Center via this e-mail studentcareerscentre@uva.nl or you can join their online help desk. You can click this link it will lead you to a waiting room in Zoom. When it’s your turn, you will be admitted to the room to ask your questions.

The UvA also has a job board that is always updated and includes many different opportunities for both internationals and Dutch people. You can filter the language of the job you’re looking for and see every detail of the job in the respective descriptions.

You can access the UvA Job Board through this link.

Take Off is there to help students improve their CV and give them the opportunity to prepare themselves for the future.
Looking for ways to prepare yourself for your future job? What better way to do that, than by checking out the vacancies (& internships) we offer in collaboration with other companies?

Take Off is there to help students improve their CV and give them the opportunity to prepare themselves for the future.

Do you want to develop yourself to the fullest while studying psychology? Lucky you, because here you can get information on different workshops and classes you can follow!

The UvA offers multiple workshops to help you develop your study skills. The current topics they offer workshops and training courses on are:

Compact weekly workshops (every two months)

Occasional workshops

For more information and the updated overview, see the UvA website

The UvA offers multiple workshops to offer any form of  psychological support.   The current topics they offer workshops and training courses on are:

Check the UvA website for more information and a complete and updated overview

The UvA offers multiple workshops to help you with your career orientation. The current topics they offer workshops and training courses on are:

Check the UvA website for more information and a complete and updated overview.

The UvA offers two workshops to help you with the process of studying abroad. The current topics they offer workshops and training courses on are:

Check the UvA website for more information and a complete and updated overview.

Take Off is there to help students improve their CV and give them the opportunity to prepare themselves for the future.

The VSPA also offers a lot of opportunities to improve your resume, e.g. by doing a board year or joining certain more serious committees. Below we have gathered all the information you need!

P.S. If you are interested in doing Work & Organisational Psychology, joining one of these committees may be perfect for you, since they contribute to your critical thinking and experience within the field!

If you are interested in any of these committees, you can always contact one of the board members for more information, keep an eye on our social media, or send an email to info@vspa.nl.

Every year the VSPA is run by a new board. This board consists of 6 highly motivated Psychology students that get selected by the Application Committee and the members. They are responsible for the association as a whole and for all of her committees, members and activities. They work full time throughout the entire academic year. A board consists of a Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Social Committee Affairs Officer, Study Committee Affairs Officer, and Officer of Sales & Acquisition. All of these functions have different roles within the board, but all of them are indispensable to the functioning of the board.

Doing a board year is a big commitment, but it is also something that looks great on your CV, and is a lot of fun to do. But, most of all, you are able to contribute in making the student life of psychology students at the UvA even better. Consider a board year, because you acquire knowledge that is useful for the rest of your life.

Applying for a board position starts in February. You will go through an application process in which you do interviews and matching days, to make sure the best combination of applicants get selected.

The treasurer of the board keeps track of the financial part of the association. However, on behalf of the GMA, the treasurer of the board will always be checked by the Cash Audit Committee (CAC). Members of the CAC will also attend board meetings to give their critical opinions on financial matters. The CAC often consists of old treasures or students who are interested in the financial side of the association, but it’s not necessary. The members of the CAC will be elected by the GMA.

The Supervisory Board (SB) checks, on behalf of the GMA, whether the board is keeping to their policy and the charter (official statutes/rules of the association). In addition to this controlling function, the SB plays an advisory role in the decision making of the board and will be elected as the private contact persons of the board. If a board member would like to discuss professional or private issues, which has influence on the quality of their performance, the SB-members could be helpful during that period. The SB-members attend board meetings and often consist of old board members or members with a lot of experience in the policy process of the VSPA. As all of the other administrative bodies, members will be elected by the GMA. 

Every new plan or idea of the board, with a big enough influence on the association, has to be approved in the General Members Assembly (GMA). In addition, all the administrative bodies are elected during GMA’s. During a GMA, at least 1% of the members of the VSPA must be present. As a member, you can express your opinion, contribute to the thinking process, ask questions and decide whether proposals should be accepted or denied. This way, all of the members have a significant influence on the current situation and the future of the association.

During a GMA you get a little more insight into the serious side of the association. The committee that organizes the GMA’s, thinks about the policy and prepares the agenda for the GMA’s is the GMA-Committee (GMAtee)

The committee consists of a chair, a secretary and possibly general members. The chair leads the assemblies and the secretary writes everything down what is discussed during the GMA’s. The general members help with the preparations and promotion of the GMA’s.

On the 14th of may 1941 the VSPA was founded by Marie (Mia) Rijk van Ommeren. This means that every five year, we are looking for a special committee to help us celebrate this milestone. As a member of the Lustrum Coordination Committee (LCC) you will have a lot of freedom in what kind of activities you choose to organise. During our 75th anniversary this committee organised a pool party for instance. There is more than enough room for creativity in this committee! This committee will take you around an hour per week, but this will increase to approximately five hours a week as the event(s) near. The next LCC will be chosen at the end of the academic year 2024/2025.

The First Year Weekend (FYW) takes place at the start of the year. This is the weekend where first year psychology students spend a great weekend together in the south of The Netherlands to get to know each other and older VSPA-members. For many students this is one of the most enjoyable VSPA-activities of the year! The weekend is full of fun activities, games, food, and parties: the perfect place to make some friends. The committee always starts in April and will finish after the first year’s weekend. The workload of the committee is pretty high so be aware of this. Every spring, around five coordinators will be elected at the GMA, who will work together to create a weekend which will never be forgotten. In addition to the First Year Coordination Committee (FCC), many people are still needed to make the FYW a success. Would you like to become a FYW volunteer mentor next year, keep an eye on the VSPA-platforms for more information. 

The Application Committee (AC) is responsible for finding the perfect next board of the VSPA. The AC holds interviews and organizes the assessment day with the psychology students who apply for a position in the new board. During this process, you analyze the interviews, the personal characteristics, the competences and the possible pitfalls of the applications. After the procedure, the AC presents their board with their motives to the GMA. The GMA then votes on whether to accept this future board. 

The AC consists of multiple members, who all have a different connection with the association. Around December the AC will be elected during a GMA. Do not underestimate the hours you will be spending interviewing the applicants and analyze them afterwards, together with the rest of your committee.

This section is to help you in deciding on what you can do after university. There are endless options to explore so we understand that this decision can be overwhelming!

Do you want to continue your studies by doing a Masters’s?

SSPN made a great Masterguide summarizing all of the programs offered in the Netherlands:

Masterguide SSPN 2020-2021

Of course, you can choose to go abroad to continue your studies but then you have to decide where you want to go so sadly we can’t help you with that. But here are some tips for choosing a masters;

  • Take inventory of your passions and motivations.
  • Do your research and explore your options.
  • Keep your career goals in mind.
  • Make sure the program fits your lifestyle.
  • Consider your finances.
  • Talk to admissions advisors, students, and alumni.
  • Network with faculty.


One of the most fun things you can do during your gap year is to travel. There is nothing like living in a new country, exploring new cultures, and meeting with people from all around! Here we have listed some options that can be helpful for you while planning your year of travel. 


Aiesec is the largest youth-led organization in the world. With their ‘Global Talent’ program, they provide internships abroad that help you discover your next step in life. The duration of our internships varies between short (6-12 weeks), mid (3-12 months) and long-term (1 – 1.5 years). As a bachelor student, you can gain experience in your field during your summer break and as a master student, they can help you to start your international career.

If you want to learn more about the process for preparing your trip you can check out this link where the whole process is explained step by step! 

Year Out Group (YOG)

Year Out Group (YOG) is an association of approved gap year providing organizations most of which are registered in the UK.  At least one of the principal activities of each of these organizations is the provision of well-structured gap year programs in the UK or overseas.

You can check out their website to choose from the various destinations they have like Africa, Asia, and Australia. 


BUNAC are experts in work abroad programs and has extensive experience in offering work and travel experiences around the world to students and young people globally. They offer assistance in various different types of traveling:

Internships Abroad

Summer in the States 

Working Holidays 

Career Breaks and Volunteering 

If you are going to graduate soon but have no idea what you’ll do as a career you can check out a video series of the  UvA-alumni talking about where you can end up after graduating: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM-mb7IpX4mq0Lmw5b6-9e2brxQvlPuGS

Becoming a Health Care or Clinical Psychologist:

In the Netherlands the title ‘psychologist’ is not statutorily protected. Anyone may use this title regardless of one’s training or work experience. When you graduate from a science based university you can use the title Master of Science in Psychology. However to be able to work in certain disciplines within psychology you often need additional registrations.

BIG means ‘Professions in the Healthcare of the Individual’ (Beroepen in de Individuele Gezondheidszorg.) The BIG-register is a governmental body that lists officially acknowledged providers of healthcare. Only BIG-registered professionals are legally authorised to use this protected title that stands for identifiable expertise and capability.

In order to get included in the BIG-register healthcare professionals need to have completed a course or training that is approved by the Dutch government.

You need post-graduate training to become a registered Health Care Psychologist ‘Gezondheidszorgpsycholoog’ (2 year program) or registered Clinical Psychologist ‘Klinisch Psycholoog’ (an additional 4 year program). Note that these most of these post-graduate programmes are offered in Dutch only.

You can read more about this subject on this link.

Becoming a Researcher:

Another career option you could consider after studying Psychology is to become an academician or a researcher. This option might be a bit more international friendly as becoming a Clinical Psychologist without practicing in the official language of a country you’re residing in is extremely difficult. The basic steps of adapting a research career is summarised below;

  1. Earn a bachelor’s degree
  2. Seek research opportunities
  3. Find work in the research field
  4. Apply to a doctoral program and earn your Ph.D
  5. Complete a post-doctoral fellowship
  6. Apply for appropriate licensure
  7. Research assistant
  8. Professor

Staying in the Netherlands to Work 

  • If you have an EU nationality, you don’t need a permit to work in the Netherlands.
  • If you are a graduate from Croatia or a country outside the EEA, you are allowed to spend one year in the Netherlands to find a job as a highly skilled migrant by getting an Orientation Year Permit
    • Application: you have to apply for a permit yourself for this “zoekjaar” at the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND), either before the expiration date of your student residence permit up to three years after graduating if you wish to travel abroad first.
    • Costs and Validity: 192 euros
    • Extension not possible: This permit is valid for a maximum of 12 months, if you are unable to find a job within the Netherlands during this one year period you would have to leave the country or acquire another type of residence permit.