Career prospects

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. 

My lecturers continuously challenged me, all year long

Bobby McFaul

"The Master’s programme in Criminology at Utrecht University thoroughly prepared me for a career as a criminologist. The programme offered enough freedom to develop the knowledge and skills required for the subject that has my keen interest: cybercrime. The programme offered in-depth lectures about qualitative research methods and analyses. All year long, my lecturers continuously challenged me. They encouraged us to push further than we thought we were capable of. For me, being pushed that little bit further meant I got far better results. We were not only challenged during lectures and work groups, but also during extracurricular activities. Criminological excursions were organized in Utrecht and Amsterdam and, twice a year, we were able to attend international conferences  for student-criminologists from all over the world, entitled the Common Sessions.

The lecturers boast a wide network, useful for gaining working experience. In my case, I was able to start at the FIOD, which is the criminal investigation service of the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration. The FIOD was interested in launching an academic study into cybercrime, a subject I – partly due to the support of my lecturers – was able to contribute to. As a result of the combination of independence and proper support, I was able to positively complete the internship and subsequently achieve my degree.

The FIOD also observed the qualities I gained from completing the Criminology Master’s Programme. They have employed me as a researcher into financial cybercrime, a position I would not have achieved without this programme."