Finding a job

Finding a job

How do MSc graduates search for the perfect job?

RSM students are independently proactive in finding jobs; almost 54% of respondents in our survey agreed[1] they had used their own networks to find a job. Using their own network is more important for Dutch students (61%) than for non-EEA students (47%) or EEA students (38%).

This year, MSc graduates had more choice when telling us about how they searched for their job. We added the options ‘social network’ (28%), ‘business course’ (31%) and ‘lecturers of my department’ (13%).

As it turned out, social networks and business courses proved very popular for job seeking and were often indicated in our survey. However, it should be borne in mind that the options ‘social network’ and ‘lecturers of my department’ (two of the new categories this year) could be another way of saying ‘using your own network’, which was one of the categories in last year’s survey. 

Although there was a decrease of 11% in the number of respondents who indicated they used contacts made during their internship to find a job, still almost 40% found their first job through an internship.

Half of all female graduates (50%), but only a third of male graduates (32%), strongly agreed that completing an internship helped them get a job. This, our survey found, is the most significant difference between male and female graduates in finding a job.

Giving students the opportunity on campus to meet and interact with company recruiters gets approval from approximately about 20% of our respondents, whether this was through a company presentation (20.6%), STAR Management Week (13.6%) or the Erasmus Recruitment Days (25%), the student-organised series of job fairs involving company presentations, workshops and interviews.

Main ways of finding a job compared to 2011

Career Services

The services and website provided by RSM via its Career Services department are thought of by 16% of respondents as a way to find a job. Non-EEA students (27%) use them more than Dutch students (16%) or EEA students (9%), and the help of Career Services is used more by men (19%) than by women (12%).


[1] Either ‘agrees’ or ‘strongly agrees’ to the question