Governmental, non-governmental and private organisations are increasingly faced with rapidly changing decision-making conditions. In a period where the information society is becoming more and more complex there is an increasing need for generalists who are able to deal with innovation in a reflexive and politically conscious way.
Practically all ESST graduates find employment on the intersection of science, technology and society. Approximately one-third continues in academic research, some forty per cent in the private sector, and one quarter in the public sector. Some 10-20% of the MA ESST students every year enter the programme from a working situation. These are typically professionals advanced in a particular career path (e.g. finance or web design) seeking to broaden their scope and deepen their understanding of the sectors they were working in. These students typically do not return to their old jobs but find new opportunities. It is not unusual for MA ESST students to find jobs immediately after graduation – or even before.
Many ESST graduates find work in non-academic institutes, such as:
- Governmental agencies and NGOs (Analyst, Parliamentary Assistant)
- Advisory bodies, e.g. think tanks, health councils (Advisor)
- Private research institutes, e.g. sustainability centres (Policy Analyst, Research Assistant)
- Commercial companies or consultancies specialising in science and technology and innovation (Marketing and Communications, Business consultant)
Examples of companies and institutes where our graduates work:
- Energy Centre Netherlands
- University of Edinburgh
- Moscow Urban Forum
- Accenture Indonesia
- American Chamber of Commerce Italy
- Bioforum biological famers' association
- Global Wind Energy Council
- Rathenau Institute, The Hague