Career prospects

Social changes, such as digitalisation and globalisation have made the world more complex and more uncertain, especially for youth. The complex scientific and societal challenges require a new generation of students who can cross and build bridges and accelerate interdisciplinary collaborations.

As a graduate of our Master’s programme, you will be able to build bridges between perspectives from different disciplines. You can work in multidisciplinary teams, implementing and evaluating social policies and interventions concerning youth.

You will be fit for a variety of jobs in the field of youth care, youth policy and youth research. You can work for the national, provincial or municipal government, in youth care or youth health care, in the education sector, in academia or at institutes focused on the development, application and implementation of knowledge and research. Examples of the latter include the Trimbos Institute, the Netherlands Youth Institute, the Netherlands Institute for Social Research, and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

There is a growing need for youth care professionals who can forge connections between the different experiential worlds in which young people live – whether that's their home, neighbourhood, school or leisure activity. We must look beyond the borders of our individual disciplines and work together to devise the best possible support and guidance.

Carolien Plevier, Public Health Researcher with the Community Health Service (GGD) for the Utrecht region

To the labour market: non-academic careers

Studying Youth Development and Social Change provides you with a mix of practical and academic skills that can be used in many professions. You could consider the following professions:

To the labour market: Academic careers

One of the possibilities after you graduate is to obtain a PhD from Utrecht University or from another university in the Netherlands or abroad. PhD students conduct scientific research for a period of four years.

Career development

To help you prepare for your career and familiarise yourself with the labour market the programme, the faculty and Utrecht University offer several services and activities.

PhD Ceremony