How many MSc graduates are employed?

Of all respondents, a majority of 86 per cent were employed within 12 months of graduation (363 graduates out of 421). At the time of the survey, 2 per cent had started their own business, 2 per cent were doing an internship, less than 1 per cent worked freelance, 2 per cent continued education with a PhD, and 1 per cent continued education with a second master. Of the remainder, 4 per cent were still looking for employment and 0.5 per cent were unemployed and not seeking employment.

In the MSc programme, we can conclude that gender and nationality play no statistically significant role in the likelihood of graduates finding their first job.

Where do they find a job?

The industries that attract most RSM graduates are consultancy and business research (27 per cent) and financial services and insurance (15 per cent).

The top 10 employers of RSM MSc graduates are Deloitte, PwC, Shell, Accenture, ABN AMRO, EY, CapGemini, Google, the Boston Consulting Group, and Unilever.

RSM graduates responding to this survey say they work for 237 different companies around the world. Large companies attract the most graduates; almost 43 per cent work for multinational companies that have  more than 10,000 employees.

Our MSc graduates found jobs in 42 countries. Almost two-thirds of all respondents, 62 per cent,  say they have found a job in the Netherlands, while 32 per cent found a job elsewhere in Europe and 7 per cent went to other parts of the world. In total, almost a third (31 per cent) found jobs in countries other than their country of origin or where they studied.

And in answer to a question we are asked by many non-EEA students: 68 per cent of respondents with non-EEA passports stay in the Netherlands after graduation. A very small number  of non-EEA graduates, three in total, found jobs in other countries in Europe, and all of those were in the United Kingdom.

Only 4 per cent of graduates originating from the EEA found a job outside Europe.




The 2 per cent of respondents that founded and are working in their own businesses totals 9 people. This is a too small a group to make any conclusions about the entrepreneurship of this cohort of RSM graduates, although we can profile these respondents. Their average age is 24.5. Four of them are Dutch and 5 come from other countries in the EEA. The entrepreneurial group consists of 8 men and 1 woman.

Almost half (4) of the graduates running their own businesses studied first at a university for applied sciences (HBO) and did a pre-master before starting their master degree. Most come from a business education background; 3 of them completed a Bachelor in Business Administration (BSc Bedrijfskunde) at RSM, and 1 completed a Bachelor in International Business Administration at RSM. One completed a bachelor at a different university.

The timing of starting their own businesses is equally spread, with  3 starting more than 6 months before graduation, 3 people started between 0-6 months after graduation, and the other 3 started more than 6 months after graduation.

They all credit own networks for helping them to start their own companies.

The respondents work on average 44.7 hours per week, but the working week ranges from 8 to 75 hours for our entrepreneurial graduates.