The job market

Graduates of South and Southeast Asian Studies are attractive candidates for employers in many different fields. This is largely due to your knowledge of a broad region and the academic skills you have acquired. You can work, for example, as a researcher, consultant, museum curator or a P&O officer. Some organisations where graduates of South and Southeast Asia Studies work include:

Jobs and working activities

In 2015, the Student Career Service carried out a survey on the jobs and activities of the alumni of the Faculty of Humanities. The survey showed that alumni of South and Southeast Asian Studies work primarily in the following areas:

So you’ve graduated. What now?

Where do our graduates end up? Source: Employment Market Survey 2012

  • Education: 15
  • (Semi-)Governmental: 20
  • Travel Agencies/Airlines: 10
  • Profit organisations: 10
  • Non-profit organisations: 5
  • Journalism and publishing: 10
  • Other: 30
Rapti Golder-Miedema, Client Manager and Project Officer

After graduating, I spend a number of years as Head of the ISIM office, the Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World. It was more of an organisational job. For the past two years I have been Client Manager at the Tong Tong Foundation, where I organise the annual Tong Tong Fair (that used to be known as the Pasar Malam Besar). In this job I co-ordinate sponsorships and collaborations with cultural institutions and embassies. The rest of the time I am Project Officer in the research department of the National Museum of Ethnology. It’s a great environment where I am able to apply what I learned in my study programme: how to research and describe Southeast Asian artefacts.