PhD students are largely female

The average age of a PhD student in the Netherlands is 29, an overwhelming majority are women – and 40% are foreigners, according to new research by careers magazine Intermediair (IM).

The survey indicates that at 13.7%, the unemployment rate among PhD graduates is seven times higher than that of university graduates as a whole. And those who have found a job are not always enthusiastic. Over one-third are negative or neutral about their work.
On the other hand, 45% said they are happy with their salaries. Only 8% said they would have done something completely different and not taken a PhD if they could make their choice again.

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