After Graduation

What have our students done after they graduated? Here are some answers from the surveys conducted by the Institute.



Our surveys of graduates carried out since 2008 show that almost all of the Institute’s students had obtained prior professional or internship experience, often in an international environment, during their studies. After graduation, the average time to secure an academic or professional position for more than 90% of our students was less than 4 months. While our recent graduates typically favor the public sector, they also remain strongly present in the not-for-profit, private and academic sectors.



One year after

The public sector attracted 36.3% of our graduates. Two-thirds of them went to international organisations.

The next most popular sector was the not-for-profit sector with 26.5% of the graduates. Close to three-fourths of them chose non-governmental organisations working on a diverse range of issues.

The private sector accounted for 21.2% of our young graduates. One-third of the graduates oriented themselves toward consulting services, then followed by multinationals and banking and financial services.

The remaining 16% of our graduates either continued their studies towards another master, a PhD or conducted research work as part of an academic institution, an important increase from last year’s statistics.

Half of our graduates chose to begin their careers in Switzerland, while the others went on to work all over the world.

Six to eight years after (2010-2012)

Six to eight years after their graduation, 89% of the alumni have a stable professional activity whereas 7% of them are on leave (maternity, etc.) or are stay-at-home moms/dads. 

The employment by sector remains quite stable even though the private sector seems to attract the more seasoned graduates. 

43% of graduates choose to stay in Switzerland while the rest went off to work all around the world.

Alumni Association Committee

A committee of eight representative members manages the Graduate Institute’s Alumni Association.


The Alumni Association Committee is also charged with selecting the laureates of the Alumni Association Awards.


By supporting a young person who is following in your footsteps, you will play a vital role in enhancing the student’s life while also investing in the future, a contribution that undeniably makes for a better world.