Graduate School of Social Sciences

Career prospects

Cultural and Social Anthropology (MSc)

An education in the social sciences will impart a broad range of skills that easily translate into a multitude of careers.

Specific career examples from alumni of the Cultural and Social Anthropology programme are: 

  • Head of Communications at SNV Netherlands Development Organisation (non-profit development organisation)
  • Branding consultant and project manager at Sustainable Brands (commerce community)
  • Policy officer at NWO (Dutch organisation for scientific research)
  • Research Associate at the Netherlands Centre for Social Care Research
  • Operations Manager at Ninos de Guatemala (international non-governmental organization)
  • Management Trainee at ABN AMRO bank
  • Associate Adviser at Diversion (consultants for diversity management and projects)
  • Advisor and Project Manager at the Municipality of Amsterdam
  • Researcher Programmes at IKON TV (a Dutch Broadcasting Company)

Exploring the job market as a type of fieldwork

As an anthropologist, you are trained to conduct fieldwork. The skills acquired during your course can be put to good use in your search for employment.* For example, you know how to gain access to specific groups of people and are able to build a network of informants in an unfamiliar setting. 

As an anthropology graduate, you will need to make a shift towards actively empathising with the wishes and ideas of employers and learning to identify the most effective way to present yourself. The Master's programme in anthropology provides training in these skills.

* See: Omohundro, John T. 1998. "Careers in Anthropology", in General Anthropology, volume 4, no. 2

Career support 

To support you in your career goals, the University offers a variety of resources:

GSSS Career Event 

Twice a year the GSSS hosts a Career Event, where you can meet organisation representatives and alumni, and receive helpful tips and feedback about searching for a job as a graduate.

UvA Careers Centre (LAC)

The career advisers at the UvA Student Careers Centre can help students with information, workshops and individual vocational counselling to find out what you want, get insight into your capabilities and competencies, make choices and improve your application skills in order to achieve your goals.

With an increasing number of international students each year, the UvA is truly an international university. UvA graduates from all over the world find their way to interesting careers, whether in the Netherlands or abroad. The Student Careers Centre is specialised in advising international (non-Dutch) UvA graduates about job seeking in the international labour market. 

Visit our Career Site

You will find more information about career support and career prospects on the Career Site Social Sciences.

Published by  GSSS

Graduate School of Social Sciences

29 August 2014