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Tutoring and Career Orientation Programme Second Year


Course Description

The Tutoring and Career Orientation programme runs throughout the bachelor’s programme. In the second year, the focus is on making choices and mapping out your own study careers. The following questions and topics are central to the second year:

  • Orientation on options within the study programme: Which region do you want to learn more about? Which themes do you find interesting?

  • Orientation on elective courses: What options are available? How can you choose elective courses that fit your personal interests and goals?

  • Orientation on internships: Do you wish to do an internship? How and where can you gain work experience? How do you apply for an internship?

  • Orientation on studying abroad: Do you wish to study abroad? How does the application process work?

  • Orientation on the labour market: What is the value of anthropology in the labour market? Where do anthropologists work? How do you envision your future career? What can you offer an employer? How do you present yourself to the labour market?

Course Objectives

Central to the Tutoring and Career Orientation programme are the questions "Who am I?", "What do I want?", "What are my competences?" and "How do I achieve my goals?". More specifically, in the second year the focus is on:

  • Taking responsibility for your own personal and professional development;

  • Making conscious study choices that are in line with your personal competencies and wishes;

  • Gaining insight into the connections between the knowledge, skills and experiences you gain from the bachelor’s programme and the possibilities and wishes you have for your future professional career;

  • Familiarising yourself with the labour market for anthropologists;

  • Gaining and practising application skills, such as networking; creating a good CV; writing an application letter, and attending a job interview.

Mode of Instruction

We organise two mandatory plenary meetings that focus on choices and possibilities in the second and third year of your studies: regional and thematic electives, your free elective space, and beyond. All students are expected to complete preparatory and in-class assignments for these meetings.


Autumn: Plenary meeting on choices to be made in the second and the third year: regional and thematic electives, and the possibility of studying abroad, doing a minor or an internship. Attendance is mandatory.

Spring: Plenary meeting in which you will look ahead to the second half of the third year and beyond: introducing the anthropological and sociological exploration courses, the process of writing a thesis, and several options for after your bachelor. Attendance is mandatory.

Various extra-curricular activities are offered with regard to study skills and career orientation. Keep an eye on the workshops and events calendar, the LU Career Service, FSW Career Service and CADS Facebook page, and announcements in Brightspace.

You can use the POPcorner and Career Service FSW for further study and career support.

Also check out the Career Planning Module to find out more about steps you can take towards personal development and building up your CV.

Assessment Method

The Tutoring and Career Orientation programme is not assessed and no credits are awarded. However, attendance at the meetings is mandatory and all preparatory and in-class assignments must be executed properly.


All first year bachelor students will be automatically enrolled for this course by the SSC.


Brightspace is used to share information about the Tutoring and Career Orientation programme, internship vacancies, interesting events, inspiring stories, and tips and tricks on career preparation.

Study material

For this course you need to purchase the following book; either choose the Dutch or English edition:

Bakker, L., M. Cohen & W. Faaij (2020) Antropoloog Gezocht Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press.

Bakker, L., M. Cohen & W. Faaij (2021) Anthropologists Wanted: Why Organizations Need Anthropology Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press.

Information about additional study material and assignments will be provided through Brightspace and during the meetings.


Caro Aalderink