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African Studies (BA)

Career prospects

What is your preferred career path? Would you like to teach? Do you enjoy doing research? Would you like to work in policy development, or are you interested in a job that involves writing and editing? You will find that your African Studies degree is a good preparation for the career of your choice.

These skills will help you

As an African Studies graduate you will have developed not only strong academic skills, but also resourcefulness, the ability to set priorities, to work independently, to process complex information and to be self-motivated. These skills will greatly enhance your appeal for future employers. If you also have gained relevant work experience during your studies, this will help you find the job of your dreams even faster.

In 2020 our Career Services conducted a survey amongst Humanities alumni who graduated during the period 2016-2019. This survey shows that 76% found a job within two months after graduating and that 86% of them found a job corresponding with their level of education.

What will your professional field be?

Your degree in African Studies makes you an interesting candidate for a variety of employers. For example, you could work in research, education, or communication and marketing.

  • 26 % (Semi-)governmental institutions
  • 11 % IT
  • 9 % Communications and marketing
  • 9 % Education
  • 7 % Financial institutions
  • 6 % Research
  • 6 % Wholesale and retail
  • 4 % Media en journalism
  • 3 % Business services
  • 2 % Information management
  • 26 % Other

Bron: Job market survey 2020 among graduates Area Studies 2016-2019. Career Service Humanities.

Our graduates have found jobs in various sectors, including:

  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • NGO sector
  • Public sector
  • Refugee-migrant organisation

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