More than half of the AHK alumni start as self-employed entrepreneurs immediately after their study, and many students already work as a self-employed person during their study. In addition, many alumni work with short employment contracts. An entrepreneurial attitude and knowledge of entrepreneurship are essential for a successful career, within and outside one's own discipline, as a self-employed person and / or in a hybrid professional practice.
Successful entrepreneurship implies continuous meaningful and profitable interpretation of the profession within a changing labor and art market. Fair practice forms the basis: our alumni know how to organize their own professional practice in a sustainable way: as an employee, self-employed person or entrepreneur with a small or larger company.
Students get to know the professional field through guest lessons, visits to institutions and events at school. They gain practical experience through internships and projects. In addition, attention is given to study career counseling, students learn how to organize their own work and they receive lessons on starting an (independent) professional practice.
Part of the budget that is made available by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science as a result of the abolition of the basic grant is used for additional offerings in the field of entrepreneurship. Building on this and in addition to the courses on entrepreneurship in the curricula. For example, the AHK supports, in collaboration with partners, students and alumni, the preparation and development of the students to work at the (global) labor market. They can also use the online knowledge base BeroepKunstenaar and they can participate in additional courses and training when they need it.