Upon graduation, you will have acquired outstanding skills and you will be able to work as an interdisciplinary researcher at a university or a professional in a knowledge institute. Through rigorous training in theory and methodology, combined with focus on topics of your own choice, you develop both flexibility and specialisation. This has enabled many CAST graduates to find interesting jobs. Eighty percent of the CAST students find a job within a year of their graduation, and many go on to PhD programmes. Others find work with government agencies, advisory boards, commercial companies and NGOs.
In June 2015, the CAST staff conducted a survey amongst the programme’s graduates. Out of the 68 graduates, 66 had found paid employment. Nearly 70 percent of them work in research positions at universities or knowledge institutes. The others work in advisory boards, companies that require expertise of research and development, and organisations focusing on health, education, media, art and culture. Given the CAST graduates’ excellent prospects for jobs and the academic reputation of the programme, it offers value for money, especially for students used to high fees in their home countries.
As a CAST graduate you can look for a position in:
- Academia (e.g. PhD Candidate, Research Assistant, Scientific Assistant)
- Education (e.g. Teacher, Lecturer)
- Museums and galeries (e.g. Collection curator, Research fellow)
- Business (e.g. Relation manager, Programme manager)
- Politics (Political advisor)
- European parliament (e.g. Expert trainee)
Some of the companies and institutes where CAST graduates work:
- Boerhaave Museum
- Oxford University
- Maastricht University
- Max Planck Institute
- European Parliament