Future prospects South and Southeast Asian Studies

Did you know that more than 71 per cent of our graduates find a job within two months? For more than three-quarters of them, their very first job is at an academic level.

On the way to your first job

Where you find yourself working later will depend on your interests, knowledge and skills, and on the study choices you make. So it is smart to start thinking while you are studying about the kind of job you want once you have graduated. Bear it in mind, for example, when choosing specific subjects or a specialisation. The Co-ordinator of Studies at the department of South and Southeast Asian Studies and the Student Career Service can help you with these choices.

Job Market Survey

The Student Career Service carried out a survey among alumni who graduated between 2008 and 2011. More than 71 per cent of the alumni found a job within two months. More than three-quarters of them found a job straight away at academic or professional level. Relevant work experience during your study period has been shown to speed up the job application process. Students can gain this kind of experience by taking a part-time job, doing a work placement or engaging in committee work. Those who have a master’s degree have a greater likelihood of finding a job at academic level. For more information, consult the website of the Student Career Service.

Tip: Alumni Event

The first South and Southeast Asian Studies Alumni event took place in May 2016 was a great success! Organizations like the KITLV were present to create opportunities for the students and alumni, to network and talk about possibilities of internships or projects in South or Southeast Asia. If you want to know more about SSEAS-related events please ‘like’ the study association SIITAA on facebook.

Tip: An academic career

If you are a talented and motivated student, you might want to work in the world of academia. After your bachelor’s, you can opt for a two-year research master’s or a one-year master’s programme, and then you can go on to take a PhD. If you embark on a PhD, you will spend four years carrying out research for your dissertation, while also teaching at the university. This could well be the start of an academic career as a lecturer or researcher!