Career officer

Career officer

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2 Mar 20 Mar Wageningen

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Job description

Are you passionate about helping students and recent graduates find their way in the professional world? Do you thrive on seeing people succeed and reach their career goals? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you! We believe in maintaining a healthy work-life balance and our team offers a positive and supportive environment.

The team and our goal
Student Career Services is a small team of four enthusiastic persons (including this position) and 1 or 2 student assistants. We are part of the staff department Student Service Centre (part of the corporate staff department Education & Student Affairs). Student Career Services supports students in their orientation on the labour market and with the transition from study to career. We give personal career advice and career coaching, provide a platform for students and employers to meet and help explore students wishes and talents through workshops and career events. We help around 8500 students a year.

Our services
We support students via career trainings and workshops, 1-on-1 support, career coaching, events as the Career Week and to provide them the insights needed for the labour market. Next to that, we have a large network with employers who are looking for talent. It is a fulfilling task to help students/graduates in their next steps after graduation.

Your role
As a career officer you give job application trainings and workshops; existing or self-created, that fit the needs of the students. You will support students via 1-on-1 career meetings and be part of the organisation of our recurring career events. You will work alongside our career coach in student support, and our communication officer. The team manager is your formal manager. We are a small team and therefore we work with the principles of self-organization, in which we are constantly looking how we can improve and meet our goals.

The tasks are (but are not restricted to):
  • Give recurring job application trainings and workshops (live and online). Create new job application trainings and workshops driven by student's needs. Give tailor made trainings and workshops for study programs or study associations (upon request).
  • Have 1-on-1 career support meetings with students about their CV, LinkedIn and motivation letter and guide them in their search for jobs and internships.
  • Organize or take part in our career events as the yearly Career Week and the Career events we organize with employers.
  • Come up with ideas for improvement of our services for students.
  • Network with colleagues at other universities with a similar job to share best practices that might lead to inspiration for new services to WUR students.
  • Keep up with the literature and development in; the labour market, competences of the future, recruitment and share and use this knowledge in your work. Provide input for our website and the promotion of events.


Wageningen University & Research


  • An academic background in the field of Talent Development, Human Resources and/or career counselling/coaching
  • 1-3 years' experience in a similar role is preferred;
  • English C1 level minimum
  • As a Career Officer you are is well-equipped with educational skills, self-confidence, and expertise, which allow you to create new trainings and workshops, as well as the ability to seek support when needed. Your interpersonal skills are top-notch, as they display genuine empathy and authenticity, enabling them to connect with people from diverse backgrounds. They also demonstrate a high degree of creativity, flexibility, and resilience in coming up with pragmatic solutions to challenging situations. In addition you are a reliable and a supportive team player, who can take over tasks from colleagues during times of work pressure and collaborate effectively in high-pressure work environments.

Conditions of employment

Wageningen University offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • Sabbatical leave, study leave, and paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, this concerns a parttime position (32 hours a week) for a replacement from April 2023 to January 2024. After this period we will evaluate the performance of the candidate and our financial resources. If this is positive this position can become permanent. Salary depends on educational background, training and work experience and is based on scale 10 and ranges from € 2.960 gross per month to € 4.670 for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU).

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the "Best University" in the Netherlands for the 18th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.

Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.


Wageningen University & Research

The mission of Wageningen University & Research is "To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life". Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With its roughly 30 branches, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR's Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus!

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.


  • Management
  • Agriculture
  • max. 32 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • P1176126-1


Wageningen University & Research

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