A doctoral programme generally prepares you for knowledge-intensive jobs in society, where highly analytical and specialist knowledge is required.
Once you have obtained your doctorate, a number of different career opportunities will be available to you. You can stay in academia and find a job as a lecturer and researcher. But industry is also an option. Your expertise in a specific field may be of real value to the public sector and business. The majority of PhD graduates pursue their careers outside the university.
It is advisable to consider your future career while pursuing your doctorate and to obtain career-related information from the relevant Graduate School (see below) or research institute where the doctoral courses are taught. The UvA also offers various types of career counselling, including workshops and training courses.