Career Prospects

After having finished this Master’s programme, you will have:

  • the knowledge about governance and organising geared towards social impact;
  • the analytical and critical problem-solving competences;
  • the experience in organisations through the fieldwork; and
  • the professional skills to have a wide range of employment options after graduation.

Contributing to a more sustainable, inclusive and just future

This programme open up a broad variety of employment opportunities. Many of our graduates will go on to work for (inter)national associations and NGOs with a social transformative mission, advocacy organisations, grassroots community organisations, trade unions and political parties, as well as (local) public administrations, (social) enterprises and cooperatives. Because of the focus of the programme on organising principles, processes and practices, graduates will be most suited to take up positions with a wide range of employers who are always on the lookout for people with an understanding of institutions, governance and civil society and their relations.

Students who complete the programme can pursue a career as, for example:

  • coordinator or responsible of advocacy at a non-profit organisation;
  • communications function in a local administration or trade union; and
  • corporate social responsibility manager in a firm.

Career development

The programme aims to facilitate the connection between students and the job market, in particular through:

  • on-going engagement with grassroots organisations, networks and events that advance society;
  • guest lectures from experts in the field;
  • alumni’s participation in various activities on campus, including informative presentations about their current employer and working environment, and/or social and networking events such as the annual career event;
  • career events organised by USG’s career officer, in cooperation with students and the  study association;
  • workshops aimed at developing your professional skills to support processes of social change; and
  • the option to focus your thesis on research questions proposed by partner organisations.
Students at the annual Careers Day

UU Career services

UU Career Services offers training related to career orientation and job application skills such as writing an application letter and CV or conducting a job interview. You can find more on UU Career Services for Dutch students or UU Career Services for international students. Furthermore, the alumni network supports graduates with workshops and meet-ups after graduation to expand their networks and skillsets.

UU Careers Day

Once a year, Utrecht University organises a Careers Day. The Careers Day offers the opportunity to sign up for workshops and group training sessions, and to meet recruiters at the careers fair. You can also take part in a job application training session or have your resume reviewed.