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Master's and the job market

What does a Master’s get you?

To employers, a completed Master’s degree is proof that you

  • have the necessary academic and analytical skills,
  • are able to conduct research independently,
  • are able to report your findings in a scientifically sound manner.

It means that you are able to analyse, comprehend and potentially tackle complex issues, both current and future, from a variety of perspectives. These transferable skills can also be applied to other (work) settings.

Each programme outlines certain exit qualifications on its programme page; see the Education and Examination Regulations for the programme at coursecatalogue.uva.nl. 

Does your choice of a Master’s determine your future career?

This is not mostly the case. Each programme does, however, provide an outline of its corresponding career prospects. Most university graduates in the Netherlands will go on to do a job that is not directly related to their degree programme within five years of their graduation.

Differences in terms of Research Master’s or regular Master’s programmes may potentially be relevant to your opportunities on the job market. If you are looking to pursue a doctorate, for example, in most cases a Research Master’s will be required.

All your experience is relevant

Finding a suitable position at your level, and how quickly, rarely depends solely on your Master’s.

All your experiences, whether that be work experience, your extracurricular activities, the link between your interests and attributes or, last but not least, your job-hunting strategy, play a crucial role in finding the right job.

Getting oriented on the job market after your Master’s using vacancies

There are many ways to get oriented on the job market after your Master’s. The vacancies provided by the UvA Job board, which is regularly updated, can help you get an idea of the current and visible job market. The Job board is only accessible to current students or former students up to two years after graduation. Other Master’s students will find LinkedIn Jobs or Indeed to be useful tools.

Getting oriented on the job market after your Master’s using alumni

One way to get oriented on the job market is to get in touch with alumni of the Master’s you are interested in taking to see what line of work they are in. LinkedIn is the perfect tool to help you do that.

The University of Amsterdam has a school page on LinkedIn where many alumni are connected. You only need to create a profile to be able to use LinkedIn. For more information about how to use LinkedIn, join our workshop.

Go to the LinkedIn alumni page of the UvA

LinkedIn Workshop