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Many SOM graduates continue their career in academia (around 60%), with various graduates becoming a professor at domestic and foreign universities. Others are working for international organizations like the IMF, the OECD and the ECB and multinationals like Philips and Shell. Also several national central banks and large consultancy firms employ our graduates.

SOM puts a lot of effort in career guidance for PhD students. We believe that it is important for PhD students to think about their ambitions and future plans explicitly, early on as a PhD. In order to be successful in the job market, it is important to become aware of the required competences and actions that help them to find the right job. This also allows them to make better choices during their PhD trajectory. Over the years, the graduate school has developed a structured placement programme to support PhD students in realising their ambitions.

Placement programme

The placement programme focuses on supporting PhD students to be prepared for the next step in their career. This programme includes a so-called ‘ambition meeting’ in the first year, where the students are asked to think about their future careers, and about the actions necessary to realise their ambitions. Second, a placement meeting takes place in the 2nd/3rd year; this meeting is centered around concrete steps to be taken. Also several additional activities, like career workshops, and interview training, are organised for PhD students. Last but not least, a budget is available to enable PhD students to visit high quality job markets and/or to stay at a highly reputed university or a non-academic organisation.

Placement officers

The placement officers are highly reputed researchers with a wide national and international network within and outside academia. They support and advise PhD students regarding career choices . Each PhD student meets at least twice with one of the placement officers to set up an ambition plan including required actions. The current placement officers are:

Harry Garretsen
Harry Garretsen

Prof. Harry Garretsen
Since September 2008, Harry Garretsen is professor of international economics and business at FEB. His main research is (international) economics, business and geography. Garretsen was visiting scholar at Yale, Princeton, UBC Vanvouver, and the University of Munich. Currently, he is also affiliated with the University of Cambridge to St Catharine’s college as well as senior department fellow to Department of Land Economy. He is a research fellow of SOM and the CESifo institute in Munich, and is or has been (guest)editor of various international journals. He was also employed by the Dutch Central Bank (1993-1996), deputy crown member of the Social Economic Council (SER, 2004-2104), and is currently a member of the bank council of the Dutch central bank. From March 2011 to May 2016 he was Dean of the FEB.

Janka Stoker
Janka Stoker

Prof. Janka Stoker
Janka Stoker is Professor in Leadership and Organizational Change at FEB since 2003, and director of the Centre of Expertise In the LEAD . Her research centers around themes like power, leadership, gender, board effectiveness and top management. She published in journals such as Leadership Quarterly, Psychological Science, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Plos ONE. She is also an editorial board member of the Leadership Quarterly. From 1998 till 2009, she worked as a senior managing consulant at consultancy firm Berenschot. She was Vice-Dean of the FEB from November 2009 to January 2015. Currently, she is also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Economic Board Groningen.

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