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. 

Graduates of this programme typically apply for positions in regulatory and competition law or corporate environments (such as consultancies or regulatory departments of multinationals). They also obtain positions at regulatory bodies (such as the European Commission, ECB or national banks), competition authorities (like the ACM in the Netherlands) and various other regulatory agencies. These positions may be at the national level or in European-level institutions, such as ACER or ESMA. Positions in government departments, such as the Ministries of Economic Affairs or Healthcare, are also possible. Some graduates develop as entrepreneurs in start-up companies. Those obtaining the LLM degree, may also continue on either to large law firms with a strong corporate and competition law focus or to smaller firms specialising in competition law and regulatory law. LLM students will obtain the Dutch civil effect qualification (when Bachelor requirements are met), meaning that they qualify for the  professions of both judge and lawyer. Graduates also have continued in academia, either as lecturers or as PhD candidates.

Law & Economics graduates typically find positions in industry, legal and economic consulting, and government agencies. In the public domain, typical jobs would be found within competition authorities and merger control departments. 

After completing this degree programme, you will have the skills and education necessary to work as:

  • Compliance Officer in industry, which implies responsibility for running the legal and compliance department of a firm.
  • Mergers & Acquisitions consultant, with responsibility for dealing with competition authorities.
  • Deal broker, with responsibility for matching acquiring firms with targets, both in a legal and an economic sense, while taking special responsibility for the quality of covenants.
  • Researcher: You’ll acquire the skills and training to conduct further research either at a university or at a research institute (NGO, commercial research office, etc.).

Both the School of Economics and the School of Law have an average of 12 PhD students who are working under the supervision of a professor toward a doctorate. While studying for your PhD, you will write and submit a thesis, and we also encourage you to establish yourself as a researcher by publishing articles and contributing to seminars and conferences. Graduates of the Master in Law and Economics programme have also found their way into PhD programmes elsewhere or into combining a non-academic career with writing a doctoral dissertation under the supervision of one of Utrecht’s professors. If you wish to find out more about openings for paid PhD positions, please go to vacancies.

Both schools sometimes offer positions as junior faculty to recent graduates. These positions are aimed toward teaching activities and provide young scholars with an excellent start in their careers.

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.

StudentsInc

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.

UtrechtInc

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.

Enactus

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.

Upon completion of your current Master's degree programme, you can follow a one-year (Dutch language) teacher training programme. This will grant you a first degree teaching qualification for secondary education. That means you will be able to work in the upper and lower years of vmbo, havo, and vwo in the Netherlands.

Take a look at UU's Master's degree programme selection site.

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 www.academictransfer.nl.

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.