Career options

Electrical Engineering Master’s graduates are in great demand on the job market. You have a strong affinity with technology and are a good team player and communicator. In fact, you are a specialist with the ability to view things from a broad, analytical perspective. Electrical engineers are vital in our world for technological development. You are equipped to contribute to a rapidly developing discipline.

Completing a PhD

You can start an academic career with a doctoral programme at the EEMCS Graduate School. The faculty of EEMCS is known for its leading research in all fields of Electrical Engineering under supervised by renowned professors and lecturers. You will work in a heterogeneous, international environment and will continue to deepen and broaden your knowledge in the four years in the Graduate School Doctoral Education Programme. Ultimately, you will write a dissertation, incorporating your contribution to science. After you have successfully defended your doctoral dissertation, you may call yourself Dr. Ir. or PhD.

Starting work

Once you have obtained your degree, you could start working at a variety of companies, for example designing advanced products and equipment in a Research & Development department of a major high-tech company like Philips Medical Systems, ASML or KPN. You could also opt to apply at an engineering company or consultancy agency, such as McKinsey. But, of course, you could also embark on your own start-up adventure.

Salary indication

The average starting salary for an Electrical Engineering graduate is €2,800 gross per month. Recent graduates generally find paid employment within one-and-a-half months (source: Higher Education Monitor, 2013).

Alumni share their experiences

Company: McKinsey & Company
Function: Fellow (Junior Consultant)
Graduated: 2015

Tobias Dekker

'As a junior consultant at McKinsey, you work together in teams to help clients solve strategic problems. By interviewing employees and analysing data, for example, you provide constructive input to find solutions to their biggest issues.'

Company: Shell
Function: Project Engineer Electrical
Graduated: 2011

Michel Verhulst

'At Shell, I am working on various projects for the Moerdijk location, one of the largest chemical complexes in the Netherlands and Europe. When the site is extended or a new installation is needed, I provide advice and assess the design from an electrical perspective to ensure a safe, reliable and efficient result.'

Company: Tennet
Function: Young Professional Program
Graduated: 2015

Thijs van Leeuwen

'During the Young Professional Programme, you work on three assignments at different departments. To a large extent, you can choose the assignments yourself. This gives you the perfect opportunity to experience the roles that TenneT plays in the energy transition and where you would like to work in future.'

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