How many MSc graduates are employed?

Of all respondents, a majority of 90.9 per cent were employed within 6 months of graduation (496 graduates out of 546). At the time of the survey, 80.6 per cent had a job, 2.9 per cent had started their own business, 5.5 per cent were doing an internship, 0.6 per cent worked as freelancers, 1.3 per cent continued their education with a PhD, and 1.8 per cent continued education with a second master programme. Of the remainder, 6 per cent were still looking for employment and 1.3 per cent were not seeking employment. Compared to last year there is a decrease of almost 3 per cent in the number of graduates employed, but an increase in the percentage of graduates who started their own businesses, continued their studies or are doing an internship.

Employment status within six months after graduation

Where do they find a job?

The industries that attract most RSM graduates are consultancy (30 per cent) and financial services & insurances (18 per cent).

Industry of employment

The top 15 employers for our graduates are: Deloitte, KPMG, EY, Accenture, PwC, Coolblue, ING, McKinsey & Company, Capgemini, AkzoNobel, Google, Bol.com, KPN, Rabobank, and Salesforce.

RSM graduates responding to this survey mostly work for large companies; 41 per cent work for multinational companies that have more than 10,000 employees.

Size of companies


Our MSc graduates found jobs in 39 countries. More than two-thirds of all respondents, 67.5 per cent, found jobs in the Netherlands, while 28.7 per cent found jobs elsewhere in Europe and 4.2 per cent are employed in other parts of the world.

Two-thirds (69 per cent) of respondents with non-EEA passports stayed in the Netherlands after graduation, which is a large increase over last year when 33 per cent stayed in the Netherlands. A very small number of non-EEA graduates, three in total, found jobs in other countries in Europe (Germany and Ireland). The majority of the graduates, 76 per cent, found a job in their home country. Of the graduates originating from the EEA, 3 per cent found a job outside Europe.



Country of employment



The 3 per cent of respondents that founded their own companies totals 16 people. This is too small a group to make any conclusions about the entrepreneurship of this cohort of RSM graduates, although we can profile these respondents; 14 of them are Dutch and 2 are German. This entrepreneurial group consists of 12 men and 4 women.

The percentage of entrepreneurs among the graduates has slightly increased compared to last year’s data. Most of the entrepreneurs studied the MSc Management of Innovation and MSc Strategic Management.

Most of the entrepreneurial respondents, 60 per cent, started their businesses during their studies.

They all credit their own network as most important for helping them to start their own companies, followed by the help of former employers and RSM faculty.