The Alumnitool on LinkedIn can help you gain insight into possible careers after you finish your degree. It can also help you get in contact with an alumnus or alumna of your degree programme or other programmes. Nearly all graduates have a LinkedIn profile and can answer questions about your future career. They’re often more than happy to share their experiences with you. The video belows explains how the alumnitool works, and how you can use search criteria to find career information that is relevant to you. 

Would you like to know more about how you can use LinkedIn to expand your network and put the new information into practice straight away? Take the LinkedIn workshop from Career Services. The workshop Exploring the job market & networking is also useful if you'd like to improve your networking skills, using LinkedIn and other ways. 

Many of our graduates go on to find employment in research. Depending on your personal interests and ambitions, you will be equipped to work in both fundamental and applied research. You can pursue a career in applied research in government institutes, consulting firms, or various industries.

Knowledge of large-scale and long-term processes provides you with a good basis for managing major environmental issues. The numerous global-change issues currently facing us mean you can pursue a variety of employment opportunities in divers sectors.

Typical professional profiles of our graduates include Solid Earth Specialist, Geologist, and Geophysicist.

  • Frans Willem Strabucchi, Junior Domain Consultant, PDS Petrotechnical
    During his internship and the writing of his Master's thesis Frans contributed in the development of novel, state of the art software to enhance seismic interpretation. Two months of this research period he carried out at the PDS office in Houston. Currently he works as a junior domain consultant for PDS Petrotechnical, closely collaborating with geologists and software engineers in a challenging, informal and educational environment.
  • Vera de Leeuw, Well Placement Geologist, Schlumberger
    As a well placement geologist, Vera uses geological criteria and real-time petrophysical data to interactively position wells to maximise hydrocarbon production or injection performance. She is currently based in Stavanger, but travels frequently within and outside of Norway to meet customers and provide well placement support.
  • Heijn van Gent, Research Geologist, Shell Global Solutions International
    Heijn works in a R&D team of one of the largest oil and gas companies of the world. His job is to design, develop, test and deploy ground breaking software solutions and workflows for seismic interpretation. This means he interacts a lot with seismic interpreters, software developers, and experts in various geological and geophysical fields, in different countries. 
  • Laurens Kee, Estimator & Geologist, Van Oord DMC
    As a geologist at Van Oord, Laurens travels all over the world to study the seafloor and coastal regions. He uses both geophysics and geology to supply Van Oord with the geo-input essential for the construction of harbours and the reclamation of new land.
    A large proportion of our graduates follow up their Master’s degree by pursuing a PhD in the Netherlands or elsewhere and ultimately a career in either applied or fundamental research. Fundamental research opportunities are available at universities in the Netherlands and internationally. The research may entail field, laboratory and desk work (such as computer modelling). 
  • Frans Aben, PhD candidate, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble-Alpes
    Frans' PhD focuses on faults and the damaged rock surrounding them. Rock mechanic experiments are used to investigate how these rocks are damaged and healed again over time, and their link to earthquake and fault behavior. He works together with the Université Grenoble-Alpes and is also involved in a European project with other universities.
    At Utrecht University I followed the Earth Structure and Dynamics program. My courses were mostly in the Earth Materials track and I obtained a broad base in rock mechanics, mineralogy, magnetism and petrology. More importantly, I learned the skills for scientific research, published my master thesis and became inspired by my teachers to continue in science. 
  • Paula Koelemeijer, Postdoctoral fellow, ETH Zürich
    Paula's research is focused on imaging the velocity and density structure of the Earth using all available information contained in seismograms. During her PhD at the University of Cambridge, she investigated the long wavelength structure of the lowermost mantle using Earth’s free oscillations.

Are you enthusiastic about geography and do you like to share your knowledge with other people? Consider to become a geography teacher.

Are you considering starting your own business? Now is a good time to prepare. Utrecht University can offer you a number of opportunities to explore entrepreneurship.

You could, for instance, take electives from Master's degree programmes that cover entrepreneurship in their curriculums:

The Utrecht Center for Entrepreneurship (CE) also organises Spring schools, Summer schools, Winter schools, Honours classes and short seminars on entrepreneurship for non-Dutch students. All courses are offered in English except when the entire group is Dutch.


Would you like to run a business while still at university? Do you want to graduate on running your own business? StudentsInc (Dutch language website) is home to a number of student businesses and offers programmes to develop your entrepreneurial skills.


Have you (nearly) graduated and do you want to start a business? UtrechtInc is the place to find financing, office space, expertise and coaching. UtrechtInc is there for

  • starting entrepreneurs and alumni, doctoral candidates, and researchers (preferably from Utrecht University, Hogeschool Utrecht, UMC Utrecht)
  • who are still in the ideas phase OR further along (less than five years) and have
  • and have a (IT) start-up focusing on health, environmental sustainability, or education.

Would you like to know more? Visit the UtrechtInc site, register your idea, and drop by for a cup of coffee.


Would you like to know whether entrepreneurship is right for you? Are you driven, socially conscious, and ambitious? Are you willing to spend a year working on a business for at least 8 hours a week? Enactus Utrecht (Dutch language website) offers you the opportunity to run a business and provides workshops and professional coaching.

Useful links

  • Register at the Chambers of Commerce.
  • You can read about all the other things you need to take care of on the Revenue Service (Belastingdienst) website.
  • Join relevant groups on LinkedIn to share knowledge online and expand your network.
  • Will you run an especially sustainable, innovative, and/or internationally oriented business? The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can support you with subsidies, knowledge, regulation, and more.

When you complete your Master's degree programme, if you enjoy doing research in your area of expertise, perhaps you should pursue a PhD. You will start out as a research assistant or trainee research worker. Check the two-years Master's Programmes of Utrecht University.

The best way to find a research traineeship is to contact the professor in the field you want to specialise in. Another option would be

If you'd like to pursue a PhD at Utrecht University, your PhD programme will fall under the auspices of one of the Graduate Schools. For more information, consult the Prout | PhD Network Utrecht website.