How many MSc graduates are employed?

Of all respondents, a majority of 83.5 per cent were employed within 6 months of graduation (351 graduates out of 420). At the time of the survey, 2 per cent had started their own business, 4.5 per cent were doing an internship, less than 0.5 per cent worked as freelancers, 1 per cent continued education with a PhD, and 1.5 per cent continued education with a second master. Of the remainder, 6 per cent were still looking for employment and 1 per cent were unemployed and not seeking employment.

Employment status six months after graduation

Where do they find a job?

The industries that attract most RSM graduates are consultancy and business research (23 per cent) and financial services and insurance (22 per cent). The least popular choice among graduates was the real estate industry (0.5 per cent).  

Industries employing RSM graduates

The top 20 employers of RSM MSc graduates are:
Deloitte, PwC, ING, Unilever, EY, KPMG, KPN, Google, IBM, Philips, Rabobank, Shell, ABN AMRO, the Boston Consulting Group, Calco, Capgemini, E.ON, Ormit, Tesla Motors, and Vodafone.

RSM graduates responding to this survey say they work for 230 different companies around the world. Large companies attract the most graduates; almost 47 per cent work for multinational companies that have more than 10,000 employees, which has increased by 20 per cent compared to last year.

Size of companies employing RSM graduates

Our MSc graduates found jobs in 30 countries. Almost two-thirds of all respondents, 57.3 per cent,  say they have found a job in the Netherlands, while 31.6 per cent found a job elsewhere in Europe and 5.7 per cent went to other parts of the world.

Around one third (33 per cent) of respondents with non-EEA passports stayed in the Netherlands after graduation, which is a large decrease to last year (68 per cent). A very small number of non-EEA graduates, two in total, found jobs in other countries in Europe. 35 per cent found a job in their home country.  

Only 1 per cent of graduates originating from the EEA found a job outside Europe.

World map showing where RSM graduates find their first job


The two per cent of respondents that founded and are working in their own businesses totals eight 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. Seven of them are Dutch and one comes from Poland. This entrepreneurial group consists of eight men. The percentage of entrepreneurs among the graduates as well as their demographics is very similar to last year’s data.

Most of the entrepreneurs studied the MSc Strategic Entrepreneurship at RSM. The timing of starting their own businesses is equally spread, five respondents already started during their studies, and four started after graduation.

They all credit own networks for helping them to start their own companies, followed by the help of lecturers and RSM alumni.