Finding a job

Finding a job

When do they start their job searches?

About a fifth of MSc students (18 per cent) have already started looking for a job at least 6 months before they complete their studies. A month away from graduation, 65 per cent are actively searching for a job.

Job search start moment

How long does it take to find a job?

The search for jobs seems to be effective, with 70 per cent of respondents saying they found a job within three months of the start of their search and more than half, 51.6 per cent, securing the first step on the career ladder before their graduation. More than 15 per cent of respondents from the MSc Master in Management needed more than 6 months to find a job. Unfortunately, the response rate from some specialised master programmes was too low for us to make conclusions about the speed of finding employment for graduates of these programmes.

Number of months to find a job by master programme

Finding a job

Using own networks (49.3 per cent) was reported as the most effective way of finding a job, followed by doing an internship (37 per cent), and via online networking such as LinkedIn (35.3 per cent). The MSc Employment Report 2015 shows the same results.

Giving students the opportunity to meet and interact with company recruiters on campus gets approval from 45 per cent of our respondents; these interactions include company presentations (18 per cent), STAR Management Week activities (10.5 per cent) and the Erasmus Recruitment Days (16.5 per cent).

The services of RSM’s Career Services (coloured blue in the graph) were rated as valuable by 26.2 per cent of respondents. RSM’s Job Board, on which companies advertise for applicants from within RSM, is rated as the best service with almost 16 per cent approval, compared to 10.3 who made use of workshops and personal advice offered by RSM Career Services.

Ways to find a job