How many MSc graduates are employed?

Of all respondents, a majority of 81.8 per cent were employed within 6 months of graduation (481 graduates out of 588). At the time of the survey, 3.4 per cent had started their own business, 5.8 per cent were doing an internship, 0.2 per cent worked as freelancers, 1.0 per cent continued their education with a PhD, and 2.4 per cent continued their education with a second master programme. Of the remainder, 4.8 per cent were still looking for employment and 0.7 per cent were not seeking employment. This is comparable to the results from last year.

Where do they find a job?

Like the year before, the industries that attract most RSM graduates are consultancies  (27 per cent), financial services and insurances (14 per cent).

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

RSM graduates responding to this survey mostly work for large companies; 45 per cent work for multinational companies that have more than 10,000 employees.

Our MSc graduates found jobs in 35 countries. Almost two-thirds of all respondents, 61.7 per cent, found jobs in the Netherlands, while 33.8 per cent found jobs elsewhere in Europe and 4.3 per cent are employed in other parts of the world.

Almost two-thirds (64 per cent) of respondents with non-EEA passports stayed in the Netherlands after graduation. A very small number of non-EEA graduates, two in total, found jobs in another EEA country, namely  in Germany. 31 per cent of non-EEA graduates returned to their home country.  

The majority of the graduates, 71.4 per cent, found a job in their home country. A small number of EEA students, 7 in total, found a job outside Europe.


The 3.4 per cent of respondents that founded their own companies totals 20 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; 9 of them are Dutch and 2 are German, the 9 remaining entrepreneurs are from Afghanistan, Austria, China, Estonia, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania and Poland. This entrepreneurial group consists of 12 men, 3 women and 5 students of whom the gender is unknown.

The percentage of entrepreneurs among the graduates has slightly increased compared to last year’s data.

The entrepreneurs studied various master programmes. The highest number, 4, of entrepreneurs studied the MSc International Management/CEMS.

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.