Internet tech organisations employ more RSM graduates

Internet tech companies have replaced the large industry organisations as top employers for master graduates from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Global giants such as Unilever and Philips were in the top 15 employers for RSM’s new master graduates for the last five years, but the results in RSM’s recently published MSc Employment Report 2017 shows they have been eclipsed by internet tech companies such as Coolblue, Salesforce and The Report is based on a survey conducted among recent graduates from all of RSM’s full-time master programmes.

RSM graduates are effective job-hunters; 79 per cent of respondents say they found a job within three months of starting their search and 41 per cent secured the first step on the career ladder before graduation. Graduates from one particular programme, the MSc Strategic Entrepreneurship, had all found jobs by the time the survey was conducted, just three months after graduation. On average, 80 per cent of RSM master graduates find a job within three months.

Starting a business in class

There were more entrepreneurs in the Class of 2017 than last year; 3 per cent of the graduates (a total of 16 people) founded their own companies. “It’s too small a group to make any conclusions about the entrepreneurship of this cohort, although we can profile them; 14 of them are Dutch and 2 are German – and 12 men and 4 women,” said Irene Kroon, RSM’s Career Services Manager. “Most of them studied the MSc Management of Innovation and MSc Strategic Management, and of the entrepreneurial respondents, 60 per cent started their businesses during their studies.”

More international master graduates recruited in the Netherlands

Two-thirds (69 per cent) of respondents with non-EEA passports stayed in the Netherlands after graduation; more than twice the percentage last year when 33 per cent stayed in the Netherlands. A small number of non-EEA graduates found jobs in other countries in Europe (Germany and Ireland). The majority of graduates, 76 per cent, found jobs in their home countries.

It’s easier at home

The new graduates were asked about the ease of finding a job; 64 per cent of respondents said it was relatively or very easy. “But that general figure conceals a big contrast according to nationality,” said Irene Kroon. “It’s an easy process for 75 per cent of Dutch graduates; but only 50 per cent of EEA respondents said it’s easy, and even fewer – only 28 per cent – of non-EEA respondents say it’s easy.”

Every year, RSM hosts a variety of recruitment events designed to bring students into contact with business – and to make sure that businesses can benefit from the pipeline of fresh and smart professional thinking in RSM graduates. Find out more about how RSM partners with companies here.

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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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