MSc graduates increasingly employed by multinationals and digital sector

What happens to master graduates from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) once they’ve completed their studies? The MSc Employment Report 2018 reveals information about the first jobs of RSM graduates based on a survey conducted in April 2018. Compared to previous years, recent graduates tend to seek employment in a wider range of industries and grab more job opportunities in the digital sector.

Respondents came from 588 graduates of the 1,708 who graduated from RSM’s 14 full-time MSc programmes between 1 September 2016 and 30 September 2017, giving a response rate of 34.4 per cent. There were 48 nationalities among the respondents.

A large majority (81.8 per cent) of the young alumni were employed within six months of graduation. Almost 60 per cent had already found their job before graduation. At the time of the survey, the other respondents had started their own business, doing an internship, worked as freelancers, continued their education with a PhD or second master programme, or were still seeking employment. Like last year, the industries that attract most RSM graduates are consultancies, and financial services and insurances.

Digital sector

The economic stability and high employability are reflected in increased employment rate of RSM graduates, says career development manager Vildana Gačić from RSM’s Career Centre. She added that as in recent years, the two biggest sectors RSM students are employed in are consulting and financial services.

“The change we see is mostly in the information, communication and digital sector where jobs are growing,” says Gačić. “We also see that our students seem to seek jobs in a broader range of sectors.”

Top employers

The career coach added that multinationals with more than 10,000 employees have increased their recruitment within graduate programmes in recent years. “In 2015, only 23 per cent of RSM students found jobs in these companies compared to 45 per cent now. And another type of company that has increased their recruitment of young graduates are the SMEs, with fewer than 250 employees. This has increased from 13 per cent in 2015 to 26 per cent in 2018.”

The top 20 employers for RSM graduates are: Deloitte, KPMG, EY, PwC, Accenture, Google, McKinsey, Capgemini, BCG, Salesforce, FrieslandCampina, ING, Rabobank, Unilever, Coolblue, Hilti, PostNL, Shell, Simon-Kucher & Partners, and Philips.

The report also shows an increase in average salary in the master graduate’s first year of employment – across all industry sectors and globally.

See the complete MSc Employment Report 2018.

More information

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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