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Netherlands: Wageningen students finding it more difficult to find jobs

In the academic year 2012-2013, almost fifty per cent of the employment seeking Wageningen University students found a job before graduation. "One year earlier this was 56 per cent, but in the 1990s it was about 40 per cent, so students shouldn't be too pessimistic", said surveyor Silvia Blok of the KLV Wageningen Alumni Network.

Blok added: "On the other hand, it is good for students to be aware of their opportunities and to know what they can do to increase their chances on the job market."

85% was looking for work

Of those who graduated in the year 2012-2013, 56% was looking for a regular job and 29% for a PhD position, the survey of recent graduates showed. Others indicated that they didn't know what they wanted (7%), that they had returned to their former job (6%) or that they were going to continue studying (2%).
Half of them succeeded before graduating

Forty per cent of the respondents that were looking for a PhD position, had found one before graduation. Another 19% of those aiming for a PhD position, found themselves a regular job upon the completion of their education. The rest of those with PhD ambitions did not manage to go straight from university to the work place.

Forty-three per cent of students looking for a regular job, had found employment upon graduation. In many cases, this was also a job they liked to do.
Employment found in many sectors

Wageningen University students find employment in a wide variety of sectors. Eighteen per cent of the respondents with a job started working for a governmental organisation, 15% found employment at a university, 15% at a multinational, 13% at a consultancy agency, 12% at an NGO and 36% at another organisation. That the government employs most of the graduates of 2012-2013 is something new. In previous years a higher number of Wageningen graduates found a job at a multinational or consultancy firm.

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