Amsterdam, Netherlands

Career Sustainability Following a Pandemic

online course
when 10 January 2022 - 14 January 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 800

This course introduces students to a variety of crucial discussion points surrounding sustainable career theory.

Take this course if you’re interested in learning more about the contextual and personal factors which influence your career’s sustainability. We will pay particular attention to international jobs, the value of social networks (social capital) with regard to career sustainability, and the role of social interactions at work.

Our discussions will be informed by the most recent knowledge in the field. Students will have the chance to grapple with theories, models, and practices associated with sustainable careers throughout the course.
In this short programme, students will use the bibliographical material, class discussions, role-playing strategies, and case studies to understand theories, models, and practices related to sustainable careers.

Course leader

Friederike Mathey

Target group

The ideal candidates for this course are MA students interested in analysing sustainable careers, both as a field of study and/or for personal career reflection. Young professionals from different fields of study may also find this course interesting.

We firmly believe that diversity drives creativity, so we warmly welcome participants from all over the world.

Additional requirements:

We ask that you have a basic knowledge of careers theory or at least the willingness to explore it!

If you have doubts about your eligibility for the course, please contact us via

Course aim

This course will:

- Familiarise students with the basic conceptual framework underlying sustainable careers.
- Inform the students of essential factors influencing sustainable careers, including the individual agency and contextual constraints.
- Acquaint the students with the basic conceptual framework of sustainable employability based on ability, motivation, and the opportunity to work.
- Demonstrate the contingent value of social capital in individual careers. Mainly we will explore the role of social exchanges at work for positive outcomes such as job satisfaction, meaningfulness, well-being, the consequences of low-quality relationships at work and the recent implications of remote work for organisational management.
- Help students to understand the interplay between sustainable careers and their career choices in both local and international settings.
- Reflect on how the context of a global crisis -like the COVID-19 pandemic- can affect career decisions and sustainability.

Credits info

3 EC
Contact hours: 30

Fee info

EUR 800: Fees
- Students and PhD Students: €600
- Professionals: €800
- Students, PhD students and employees at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC: €500
Applications received before the 1st of October (Early Bird Discount) receive €50 discount!

The tuition fee includes:
- Application and registration
- Exclusive course content for a limited number of students
- Individual/group guidance from course organiser
- Access to all online VU facilities such as the library and online learning environments
- A certificate of attendance after completing the course
- A transcript of records mentioning the grade and the obtained ECTS
- Full support of the winter school team
- Optional online social activity


VU Graduate Winter School offers several scholarships. More information can be found on the website.