International Talent Event Amsterdam: Lead your future!
The annual International Talent Event Amsterdam is celebrating its tenth edition. With event theme 'Lead your Future', The Social Hub Amsterdam City (formerly known as the Student Hotel) on Wibautstraat will open its doors on Friday 12 May for international and Dutch-speaking students who want to get in touch with internationally oriented companies from the Greater Amsterdam region.
ITEA is a career day for students and (almost) graduates who are looking for an internship or job in Amsterdam and the surrounding area. The event offers a unique opportunity to meet internationally oriented startups, medium-sized companies and multinationals at a job market. In addition, companies give various workshops and presentations and renowned guest speakers provide keynotes. The language of the event is English.
An attractive part of ITEA is the 'career coach cafe' where students receive personal advice in one-on-one sessions with professional career coaches about their CV, LinkedIn profile and job interviews for a good start on the international job market.
Inholland University of Applied Sciences, the University of Amsterdam, the VU and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences have been working together for ten years to make this event a success. They have handed over the organization to students of AIESEC, an international non-profit student organization.
For all students
Recently, branch director Bas van Spréw of Hogeschool Inholland Amsterdam/Diemen signed the ITEA 2023 cooperation agreement, as a partner of the Amsterdam higher education network. “I think it is very important for our students to participate,” says Bas. “And that does not only apply to the international students at Inholland Amsterdam/Diemen, but to all current students of the various locations of Inholland University of Applied Sciences, who aspire to an international career.”
Nynke Moens, ITEA coordinator from Inholland, agrees wholeheartedly with Bas: “We teach all our students international skills: presenting in English, cultural differences that you have to take into account, et cetera. So this networking event is really not just for students with an international background or Dutch-speaking students who are following an international education.”
Within Inholland, various parties are involved in ITEA. Susanne van Rodijnen-Bosch and Marije Molthoff have been involved from the International Office and the Student Success Center. The domains of Creative Business and Technology, Design and Computer Science also recognize the importance of the event and make a contribution.
Keep international talent in the Netherlands
“For international students, this event can also contribute to their well-being,” says Susanne, “because research by Nuffic has shown that they often worry about their future career. Finding a job in a foreign country can be quite difficult.” According to her, it would be great if they could find an employer in the Amsterdam metropolitan region through this event: “We have attracted international talent; our society benefits if students who have completed their studies here also stay in the Netherlands.” Inholland wants to help its students to integrate well into Dutch society. That is why the university of applied sciences has been a partner and co-organizer of ITEA for so many years.
ITEA offers students an excellent opportunity to present themselves to potential employers, including Uber, Amazon, Adidas, Catawiki, AkzoNobel, Rituals and G-star RAW. And if you start working for an international company in Amsterdam, doors to other countries will be opened!