020 sees studying and the choices students make while doing that as fundamental building blocks for their future. Currently, the quality of information the UvA provides regarding specializations and the impact that choice has, is insufficient.
While the UvA provides a lot of information regarding the academic prospects of a certain major, it lacks information on the impact it will have on students’ further careers. As such, if a student does not want to pursue a career in academia, it is hard to make the right choice.
Furthermore, often the most reliable places to get good information are the corresponding master pages of the majors. However, even there the quality of information varies widely between different masters. While some boast extensive logs of alumni testimonies, others are left with nothing of the sort. To exemplify the master page for International Relations has such alumni accounts, yet the Comparative Politics page gets away with a brief bullet-point summary.
020 sees information on further career options of specializations as a key element of an informed choice. As such, we want the University to make information on career paths an integral part of the information evenings and website pages.
First, the presentations on the specializations should be supplemented by concrete information on the possible career paths it offers. Of course, after your specialization, most career options are still open. However, for some students, it might already provide valuable insights into their long-term plans.
Second, all master pages—and ideally also bachelor specialization pages—should provide accounts of alumni. While an overview of the content is great, meaningful lessons can be learned from the experiences of others.