Career Advice

In the past years IBCoM has proven to be a well-established programme that offers its graduates the best chances on the job market. Our alumni work in a variety of fields and industries, ranging from management, marketing, consultancy, communication, and PR positions to research and policy making functions. Graduates of the IBCoM programme thus have a wide range of possibilities. Due to the broad education they receive during the three years of study, they have gained the skills and knowledge to work in a great variety of organisations. Below, we listed some of the options out there for IBCoM alumni.


An internship allows you to gain work experience in a field or organisation of your choice for a limited period of time. This type of placement is very common in businesses, non-profit organisations and other institutions. For IBCoM students, an internship is part of the curriculum, but doing multiple internships will expand your skills and working experience even more.   

Job in the Netherlands

It is possible to start your professional career in the Netherlands after completing IBCoM. Many organisations, both corporate and public ones, offer junior or starting positions for bachelor graduates. As a non-EU/EEA student, it is important to be aware of the rules and regulations when planning to start working in the Netherlands. A work permit is needed, but it is a fairly uncomplicated procedure to apply for this.

Job abroad

Do you feel like working in another country than the Netherlands? Several IBCoM students have chosen to pursue their career abroad after completing the bachelor programme. As our alumnus Daniel Boonstra explains in his alumni testimonial:

‘If you are looking to start your career in London- you don't need a masters- it's fairly uncommon here for anyone to have a master’s degree- sometimes you can even be perceived as overqualified- so if you are looking for somewhere to come and gain some experience before doing your master’s degree then I would recommend coming to London for a year or two.’’


Do you feel like continuing studying? Consider applying for a master’s programme! Read more about all opportunities here.

Gap year / orientation year

Have you completed IBCoM, but do you not want to do a master or start your professional career immediately? Then consider taking a gap year or applying for an orientation year. A gap year is quite common in the Netherlands and simply means you are not enrolled as a student during one year and broaden your horizon by travelling, doing volunteer work, doing a board year or committee work, or something else that fits your interests.

The orientation year was designed to bring highly educated internationals into the Dutch workforce. It grants free access to the Dutch labour market by offering employers benefits like not having to apply for a work permit for you and not having to adhere to the salary criterion. Within three years after completing your programme – bachelors, masters or PhD – you may apply for the orientation year (or ‘search year’). Read more about this option here.

Career events

Throughout the academic year, many job orientation and recruitment events take place for students to find out what their career possibilities and interests are and to network with professionals from the field. Study association ACE for instance organises the ACE Career Days, the Erasmus Recruitment Days are open to all Erasmus students, and the EUR Career Services offer multiple workshops and activities to both Dutch and international students throughout the year.


Alumni work experiences

On this page you can find out where some of our IBCoM alumni started their career. 

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