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The knowledge and skills acquired during the programme provide an effective grounding for positions in communication research, communication advice, and management. Our alumni are (inter)national experts working at different types of organisations. These include, for example, large commercial organisations (e.g., Coca-Cola, Unilever), governmental or non-profit organisations, charities, public relations agencies, and communication agencies. Some alumni have started their own company focusing on communication advice.

By graduation, you will be able to advise organisations about their communication strategies and policies. You will know how to underpin this advice with empirical research and the most recent theories in the field. You will be equipped to produce evidence-based communication programmes for big and small organisations. 

  • Communication research

    Graduates can be found working in academic researcher, media researcher, market and opinion researcher. They, for example, started working as a junior research at a media organisation.

  • Communication advice

    Graduates can be found working in publishing, as an advertising or PR consultant, public information expert, or communication consultant. An example could be to work as a marketing consultant for a commercial company. 

  • Management

    Many graduates found jobs in management positions, for instance: manager publishing, programme director at a media company, manager at a research agency, or working as PR manager. 

Your diploma is not a farewell

After graduating, you don't have to say goodbye to the University of Amsterdam! We are happy to help you develop your career. You can join the young alumni programme, which will assist you in mapping out your career. And as an alumnus, you can also still use the Student Careers Centre.  

UvA Student Careers Centre

The Student Careers Centre is there to help with your career development. You can contact them to discuss your options, ambitions and doubts at any time during your studies.

Career events

  • Several times a year, the Graduate School of Communication hosts a colloquium series called Communication Science on the Spot. During these sessions, a communication professional is interviewed by a Graduate School lecturer or researcher. Attendees are always encouraged to ask questions and join the conversation in order to help stimulate a lively debate. Previous speakers include Mirthe Enklaar (PepsiCo Benelux), Jutta Jakob (Newzoo), Belinda Borck (Tony's Chocoloney) and Ashley Vinson (Twitter).
  • We regularly organise events and workshops under the name Career Matters that help you prepare yourself for entry into the job market. The workshops are designed to help you gain practical, relevant skills that will help improve your employability after graduation. Think of topics related to online marketing for example, such as Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Google Analytics or Social Advertising, or to the field of journalism, such as writing an effective press release or a journalistic blog.
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Copyright: Aniek Zweers
During my thesis I interviewed fifteen communication professionals. This enabled me to build up a network. Alumna Aniek talks about her experiences