I am a microbiologist. Biology is quite a small sector and the Netherlands has more opportunities in biology compared to other countries like France, so I chose to do my PhD here.
During my PhD I was constantly developing myself and busy with job orientation. I was always considering, ‘What do I want to do in the future?’ I got my own career coach. Then I went to workshops about networking and CV checks, and I also did a test about my personality. Those things really helped me be confident about myself during my job interviews.
During my PhD, I noticed many fellow students were only busy with the here and now but not so much with the future. I was already focusing on my career path, and had already completed professional development workshops and personality tests. I asked for a career coach. Many international students don’t know there are career coaches available to them, and that is a shame.
So summing up: Start with thinking about your future career path, develop yourself by attending workshops and network meetings, practice job interviews, and get yourself a career coach!