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When you graduate you have different industries you can choose from. When you choose a master’s programme you make an important decision about which industry to work in. The options include Accountancy, Controlling & Financial Services, Consultancy, Logistics, Retail or work for the Government. Below is an overview of the sectors where growth is expected in the coming years.

Growth of the industries

Become an entrepreneur

For some graduates, working for someone else’s company might not provide sufficient satisfaction, and they might feel that starting their own company better fits their needs. Becoming an entrepreneur might be a logical choice for those who have been involved in small-scale entrepreneurial projects while growing up, like running their own web shop. However, even if you do not yet have experience, you can still decide to start working for yourself. All you need is a good idea, a lot of motivation, and some guts.

Become a researcher

Interested in a PhD? The Dutch PhD system is internationally held in high regard. A PhD programme in the Netherlands takes three to four years. During this time you conduct your own research whilst a Graduate School provides a balanced mix of expert supervision and tailor-made postgraduate training. At the same time, they will give you the freedom to pursue your own ideas within the scope of a specific research theme. Independent research is the main focus of your PhD programme, and you are supervised in this by at least two experts on your research subject.

Interested in a career as a researcher? The Research Master's degree in Economics and Business is a two-year programme open to bright and ambitious students. You can find more information through SOM, the coordinating research institute.

Continue to study

After graduating from university, some graduates decide to continue their study career instead of trying to find a job straightaway. There are several reasons why you could choose this. You might need further qualifications in your field to do the work you want to do, or you might want to have a career in a different field than the one you studied. This may even mean choosing another degree programme. The (changing) job market could be a reason as well: when job opportunities in your field are scarce, adding another degree to your CV could be a good way of improving your chances of finding a job.

The study advisors can offer personal advice on studying. You can book an appointment at the Student Support Desk .

Last modified:14 December 2016 10.18 a.m.