As a graduate, you will have become a valuable commodity for many private and public organisations: a university-trained expert in economics. ASE graduates are highly regarded for their independent minds as well as their strong interpersonal and transversal skills. Graduates can be found in a wide variety of organisations, including multinationals, financial institutions, consultancies, governmental agencies and NGOs and non-profit organisations.
Where do our graduates work?
Examples of positions currently held by Business Economics graduates include:
- consultant at Boston Consulting Group, PwC, Ernst & Young
- market maker at Optiver
- policy adviser with the European Commission
- decision support analyst at Royal Bank of Scotland
- financial analyst at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs
- (business) analyst at ABN AMRO Bank, Rabobank, Breughel think tank
Career in research
Start off with the Research Master’s
Thinking of a career in academia? The best way to prepare yourself is to follow a research Master's programme before you commence with your PhD. The Research Master's programme in Economics, Finance and Econometrics is offered by the Tinbergen Institute. It offers you access to a doctoral programme at the UvA or another university.
Obtain your PhD
We offer thriving English-taught PhD programmes with excellent opportunities if you want to embark on a doctoral thesis following your Master’s.
All graduates have access to our extensive UvA Bridge alumni network, with more than 186,000 alumni worldwide. This online community enables graduates to find and connect with fellow alumni, students, staff and corporate relations of UvA Economics and Business, in their field of interest and to find new opportunities.
Sabyasachi Sengupta started his studies MSc Business Economics in 2010 and graduated in 2011. 'Studying at the University of Amsterdam was a great decision. I had a great time. The Professors were very cooperative and erudite. The courses always encouraged to do a deep dive analysis on subjects and that skill has been very effective and useful at work.'
Career preparation during your Master's
Studying at UvA Economics and Business goes beyond academic learning. Our Career Centre helps you to explore your options, develop skills and connect to companies so you can make your transition to the job market with confidence.
We didn’t craft a one way programme, but selected essential options in 5 categories. This way you can put together your own career journey. In your own time. At your own pace.
Career preparation activities
In addition to the career knowledge and skills you can develop, UvA Economics and Business, study associations and our corporate partners offer many career preparation activities to support you on your personal career journey. For example:
- career coaching
- professional skills workshops
- network events
- personality tests
- CV checks
This all helps to increase your employability and confidence about your next step after graduation.
Orientation Year Permit
The Orientation Year permit is a 1-year permit that allows recent international graduates to live and work in the Netherlands without a permit for 1 year.