Career Monitor 2016: PhD more popular, job perspectives alumni still good

>>> Directly to Career Monitor 2016 report (in Dutch, Summary in EN on page 4-6) 

Since 1973 Wageningen University & Research and KLV are monitoring how the graduates actually perform on the labour market. Every five year a survey is conducted to the recent graduates, the so-called Career Monitor. The last one was set up in 2011. In 2016 the next survey was conveyed.

Why is the outcome valuable?
The university uses the outcomes to set up studies, to inform (future) students and at visitations. The monitor also provides a wealth of information where WUR alumni can take advantage of.

Small facts
3414 KLV-members filled out the questionnaire. The oldest one was born in 1920 and is 98 years old. The youngest one is born in 1993 and is 25 years old. Thanks for all respondents for filling out this questionnaire!

Main results 2016

More and more graduates with a PhD
An increasing number of Wageningen alumni leaves the university with a research doctorate. At the end of 2016, more than a quarter of Wageningen Alumni persue a PhD or have pursued one. More and more, Wageningen alumni persue a PhD abroad, also those with a Dutch nationality. Between 1970 and 2015, the percentage of alumni of Dutch origin that pursued a PhD outside the Netherlands rose from 8 to 27 percent.

Internationalisation and mobility
The percentage of alumni with a nationality other than Dutch rose to an average of 43 percent of the alumni that graduated between 2011 and 2015. With regard to alumni with a Dutch nationality, 13 percent work abroad, while 44 percent of foreign alumni work outside their country of origin. 14 percent of the foreign alumni work in the Netherlands.

Work and unemployment
In the 2016 survey, 84 percent of the alumni have paid work for more than 12 hours a week, five percent is doing a PhD as main activity. Three percent have retired and three percent of the alumni are involuntarily unemployed at the end of 2016. Five percent were doing a study, had paid work for less than 12 hours a week or were unemployed but not looking for a job.
It takes recent Wageningen graduates on average five months to find work.

Role KLV Wageningen Alumni Network
KLV initiated this monitor and is still involved.
More details are available in the Career Monitor (in Dutch, Summary in EN on page 4-6):
You want more information? Please contact:
Silvia Blok - researcher employment market at KLV / UFW
A: Wageningen Campus | Droevendaalsesteeg 4 | Atlas, building 104 | 6708 PB Wageningen | The Netherlands
T: +31 317 485496


Career Monitor 2011: Job prospects for Wageningen alumni still very good


>>>Directly to report Career Monitor (in Dutch, Summary in EN on page 8-10)

Graduates of Wageningen University, part of Wageningen UR, often get good jobs. An increasing number of Wageningen alumni leaves the university with a research doctorate. At the end of 2011, 20 percent of the alumni had a PhD. These figures emerge from the Career Monitor 2011, conducted by consultancy agency IVA, affiliated with Tilburg University.

It takes recent Wageningen garaduates on average five months to find work. Three-quarters of alumni who graduated between 2005 and 2010 now have a position that requires an academic degree. Many of them work as a researcher: 43 percent, often as PhD candidate. Those who completed their studies more than five years ago also have a good career. Approximately half of all the former Wageningen University students now work in management.

Feminisation and internationalisation Besides data on the labour market, the Career Monitor also reports on the 'feminisation and internationalisation' of the Wageningen student population. The share of female graduates increased from 16 percent in 1970 to, on average, 57 percent in the years 2005 to 2010. In the same period, the percentage of graduates with a non-Dutch nationality rose from 2 to 37 percent.
More details are available in the Career Monitor (in Dutch, Summary in EN on page 8-10).



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