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International and European Governance (MSc)

Career Prospects

The combination of academic and professional skills you gain in the MSc PA makes you an excellent candidate for positions in national and international governance and policy making, as well as for managerial positions in the private sector, after graduation.

Floran van Amelsfort

Alumnus International and European Governance

Floran van Amelsfort

I gained much knowledge, amongst other things, in decision-making processes, internal dynamics in international organizations, and the role of civil servants in policy-making processes. All this knowledge is still highly relevant for me working today as a civil servant myself.

·        What motivated you to choose this programme and specifically this track?

I was motivated to choose this programme and specifically the track 'International and European Governance' because I have been interested in international and European politics and decision-making processes for a long time. Before studying this master, I studied International Relations. Even though International Relations was interesting I wanted to shift focus from the political side of things to the more policy side of things. This programme offered me that opportunity. Moreover, it seemed to me a programme that would provide a good basis for my professional career.

·        What sets this programme apart (in terms of programme structure, course content, teaching methods, research quality, academic staff)?

What sets this programme apart is the fact that the academic staff is continuously developing their teaching methods. I followed for example the course ‘Research Methods’ in which you had to choose the classes relevant for your thesis within the course. Moreover, there is a relatively little number of lectures, but rather many seminars which means there is more time for every single student.

·        What relevant knowledge and professional skills did you acquire during this programme?

I gained much knowledge, amongst other things, in decision-making processes, internal dynamics in international organizations, and the role of civil servants in policy-making processes. All this knowledge is still highly relevant for me working today as a civil servant myself. I gained professional skills in presenting and working in teams, as there were many group exercises. Furthermore, the programme helped me in developing my (non-academic) writing skills as we had to write next to academic papers different types of texts such as policy memo’s, policy briefs and even political speeches.

·        How has the programme (think of assignments, simulations, skills training, internships, university career services) prepared you for the labour market?

The university career services organized several useful events in which you could meet potential employers. The practical nature of the assignments and the fact that there were lots of assignments for which you had to work in teams contributed also to the preparation for the labour market.

·        Why would you recommend this programme

I recommend this programme because you learn quite a lot in an international setting in a relatively short period of time. Next to that it is a great benefit that the campus is located in The Hague since there are many ministries and international organizations near the university. I think this programme offers a solid basis for entering the labour market!

Marliese Vollebregt

Alumna International and European Governance

Marliese Vollebregt

My internship at the embassy in Prague was a very useful and valuable experience. Moreover the career services provided the opportunity to have several meetings with a coach to define who you are, what you are good at and what you want to do!

What motivated you to choose this programme and specifically this track?

I have decided to choose Public Administration and specifically the European and International Governance track, to gain more in-depth knowledge on the structures and processes within international politics and decision-making.

 

What sets this programme apart (in terms of programme structure, course content, teaching methods, research quality, academic staff)?

The small and interactive seminar classes, group assignments and variety of elective courses definitely sets this programme apart.

 

How has the programme (think of assignments, simulations, skills training, internships, university career services) prepared you for the labour market?

Besides the relevant academic skills and interesting cases, the programma helped me prepare for the labour market. My internship at the embassy in Prague was a very useful and valuable experience. Moreover the career services provided the opportunity to have several meetings with a coach to define who you are, what you are good at and what you want to do. This have been very useful in my search for a job

 Why would you recommend this programme?

Therefore, I would definitely recommend this programma where there is a lot of interaction between students and staff and to opportunity to scape your own study programme.  

Skills after graduation

Alumni of the IEG specialisation have a deep knowledge and understanding of all key concepts, theories and issues in management and decision-making processes of EU and international institutions, and the latest academic research in the field. They also have a solid toolkit of academic research methods and professional skills, preparing them for a job in either international or EU organisations which are confronted with cross-border global challenges. IEG graduates work in national and international governance organisations, policy making, consulting and the private sector. 

Positions our alumni hold

Graduates of the MSc in PA, International and European Governance specialisation currently hold a wide variety of managerial, policy-making and consultancy positions within such public organisations as foreign ministries and private organisations.

Some figures about graduates of Public Administration

Did you know that… ?

  • 53 % of our alumni found a job within two months after graduation?
  • 77 % of our alumni found a job within six months after graduation?
  • 91% of our alumni found a job within a year after graduation?
  • Over 60 % of our alumni has a job for which the MSc Public Administration or a closely related studies was a requirement?
  • Our alumni work on average 38 hours per week and have a gross monthly salary of more than € 3.000?
  • 41.58 Sector of first job Business (e.g. consulting, finance, legal)
  • 11.88 Sector of first job Other (e.g. non-profit, political party, media)
  • 18.81 Sector of first job Research & Education
  • 27.72 Sector of first job Government
  • 46.0 In which sector do our alumni find jobs? Public sector
  • 14.0 In which sector do our alumni find jobs? Business services, industry, transport, trade
  • 6.0 In which sector do our alumni find jobs? University
  • 7.0 In which sector do our alumni find jobs? Financial & legal services
  • 4.0 In which sector do our alumni find jobs? Press, information, communication
  • 21.0 In which sector do our alumni find jobs? Other
  • 27.0 The most popular jobs of our alumni Policy advisor
  • 17.0 The most popular jobs of our alumni Project manager
  • 11.0 The most popular jobs of our alumni Consultant
  • 6.0 The most popular jobs of our alumni Researcher
  • 6.0 The most popular jobs of our alumni Communication expert
  • 3.0 The most popular jobs of our alumni Teacher
  • 3.0 The most popular jobs of our alumni PhD
  • 3.0 The most popular jobs of our alumni Financial advisor
  • 24.0 The most popular jobs of our alumni Other

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