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Keuzegids 2015 reveals job opportunities for students based on field of study

Rankings Work in Holland 12 January 2015, 09:18

Employment opportunities vary greatly from field to field, making the choice of which study field to enrol in a very important one. Students graduating from a higher education programme will often either be very successful or have trouble finding a job after graduation. Depending on their field of study, students can have more or less difficulty in finding gainful employment in their domain after completing their degree.

Students of Rotterdam Business SchoolEmployment opportunities vary greatly from field to field, making the choice of which study field to enrol in a very important one. Students graduating from a higher education programme will often either be very successful or have trouble finding a job after graduation. Depending on their field of study, students can have more or less difficulty in finding gainful employment in their domain after completing their degree.

The 2015 Keuzegids guide offers prospective students a great resource for comparing higher education institutions in the Netherlands. Based on a variety of criteria determined by the Higher Education Information Centre (Centrum Hoger Onderwijs Informatie), the guide compiles a comprehensive ranking of Dutch institutions in a number of categories. This year’s guide was recently released and it includes a section covering what disciplines are best to graduate from in terms of job perspectives in the current labour market.

Overall impressions

The overall theme of the 2015 guide is that the numbers of graduates far outweigh the positions available in most domains. This trend is expected to continue for the next few years, making the possibility of employment after graduating uncertain for many students.

According to the report, students who are currently receiving research degrees at the WO level may have to settle for a job that is not in their field or is most appropriate for a HBO or MBO graduate. This means that many graduates will either be overqualified for their position, or will need to find employment in a sector that is not directly related to their degree.

A change in traditionally employable sectors

NHTV's prospective students, at the Open DayThe Keuzegids guide highlights that jobs which have long been considered stable in terms of opportunities now seem to be flooded with graduates fighting for a small number of vacancies. Business, economics, and law all show signs of over-saturation, as do degrees in information science, management studies, physiotherapy, communication, and tourism studies.

Even graduates that have completed degrees in the fields of humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, accounting, and art only have a “moderate” chance at finding employment upon graduating, according to the Keuzegids report.

Good prospects

Some fields do have good prospects however. The Keuzegids identifies chemistry, dentistry, electric and mechanical engineering, math, and theology as fields in which job opportunities are still relatively high.

Certain courses, such as courses for medical laboratory technicians, courses in informatics and information at the WO level, and degrees in agricultural studies at the HBO level are also seen as being promising paths for students.

This year’s results show the increasing importance of researching programmes, institutions, and labour market demand thoroughly before deciding on a particular study field for the students wishing to work in the Netherlands upon graduation.

The entire Keuzegids 2015 guide can be purchased on the Keuzegids site (keuzegids.org). Please note it is only available in Dutch.

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