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Careers support

As an MPhil in Technology Policy student you will have access to Cambridge University's excellent careers service.

Its recruitment events attract major global companies, who are keen to hire from the talent pool assembled in Cambridge (in 2011 a New York Times poll of chief executives and chairmen from leading companies placed Cambridge 4th in a list of the universities from which they recruit), and offer you excellent networking opportunities.

Visit the University's Careers Service website to find out more

Where are our alumni working now?

On completion of their Technology Policy degree, our students have secured an impressive range of positions reflecting the diversity of the students and their interests. The table below provides a list of the sectors and a sampling of some of the firms where are graduates have found employment. Although not intended to be comprehensive, the table generally lists those firms and organisations that have employed the greatest number of our graduates (e.g., McKinsey is the consultancy which has employed the most graduates and Shell is the largest employer among the energy firms).

Career paths

The largest number of graduates (some 25%) find employment at consultancies, followed by finance (20%), government (15%), large ICT firms (15%), energy firms (10%), as well as international organisations, health care, infrastructure, design, legal, media, transport and aerospace, NGOs and technology start-ups.

The main employers among the large consultancies are McKinsey, Deloitte, PwC, Accenture, BCG, Booz, medium-sized consultancies such as PA Consulting or Analysys Mason, as well as a number of small, boutique consultancies who are specialists in IT, logistics or energy.

The next largest alumni groups are in finance and in government agencies. Typical financial sector firms include Standard Chartered Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland or JP Morgan as well as development banks such as Korea Development Bank and the Indian National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development. Many find employment in their national governments or join us during a sabbatical year during government (or military) service.

Many graduates go to work in a range of jobs in large multinational firms in the ICT/telecoms sectors and the energy industry. Typical firms employing our graduates include Shell, GDF Suez, Google, Microsoft, Lenovo, and GE although some find employment at smaller or national firms.

Students also find employment in international agencies or multilateral banks such as the World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Asian Development Bank, the United Nations system, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the International Energy Agency.

Some 15-20% of our graduates go on to further graduate work either immediately or after several years, to doctoral studies in economics, innovation, engineering as well as professional studies such as law and MBAs or PhDs in pure and applied sciences.

Although, the vast majority of alumni go to work at large firms, many of our students are inspired by the entrepreneurship ethos that pervades Cambridge. A large number of our students are involved in the Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club (CUTEC)Cambridge Entrepreneurs and the Venture Capital & Private Equity Club. In so doing, they get to experience the Cambridge Cluster first hand. On both MoTI and ETECH students get to work with start-ups or smaller technology firms and so a number of graduates every year decide to set out on their own or with others they will have met at Cambridge or beyond.

National government 

  • Singapore Economic Development Board
  • French Government
  • US Army/Navy
  • Korean Ministry of Information & Communications
  • Chinese Ministry of Science & Technology
  • UK FCO
  • Economic Affairs Government of Macedonia
  • METI Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
  • ITRI
  • Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Japanese Government
  • Industry Canada
  • British High Commission, Delhi
  • Croatian Agency for Investments & Competitiveness
  • Khazanah Nasional Bhd (Malaysia)
  • Korea Development Bank
  • US Senate Office
  • Colombian Bank of Foreign Trade
  • Ministry of Education, Morocco
  • Carbon Trust
  • French Finance Ministry

Legal 

  • CMS
  • Cameron
  • McKenna
  • Goulston & Storrs
  • Cabinet Regimbeau
  • Mathys & Squire

Media

  • BBC
  • citi T

Finance 

  • JP Morgan
  • Merrill Lynch
  • RBS
  • Societe General
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Sanford Bernstein
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Securities & Exchange Board of India
  • BNP Paribas
  • American Express
  • Rothschild
  • Elpedison Trading
  • Goldman Sachs
  • EDF Trading
  • VET
  • Citic Bank
  • CCB International (China)
  • Blackrock
  • HSBC
  • Gimv
  • FFP
  • Veritas Asset Management

Energy

  • Shell
  • GDF-Suez
  • Total
  • Areva
  • GE Power & Water
  • BP
  • SN Power
  • RWE npower
  • E.on
  • Energy Technologies Inst
  • EDF
  • Siemens
  • Schlumberger

Infrastructure 

  • Halcrow
  • Vinci
  • Thales
  • adpi

Consulting

  • McKinsey
  • Accenture
  • Deloitte
  • Bain
  • Roland Berger
  • Analysys Mason
  • PA Consulting
  • PwC
  • Oakland
  • HIS CERA
  • BCG
  • Booz & Co
  • Cartesian
  • NineSigma
  • Ernst & Young
  • KPMG
  • LGI
  • Carbone4
  • RAND Corp
  • McChrystal Group
  • IDEO

International organisations

  • EBRD
  • ADB
  • UNDP
  • USAid
  • UNIDO
  • Commonwealth Secretariat
  • UNECE
  • European Space Agency
  • Delegation of European Union to India

Healthcare

  • Sanofi Aventis
  • Novartis
  • NHS
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • UCLA Medical School

Others

  • Insurance
  • Professional rugby
  • Numerous enterpreneurs/start-ups

Further academics

  • University of Cambridge
  • Stanford University
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • Imperial College
  • Harvard University
  • University College London
  • University of Chicago
  • INSEAD
  • London School of Economics
  • Carnegie-Mellon
  • Oxford University
  • New York University
  • Birkbeck College, University of London
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • University of Stellenbosch
  • The Open University
  • Duke University

ICT 

  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Ztesoft
  • Lenovo
  • HP
  • Telus
  • Multimedia Devpt Corp
  • Maxis
  • Telekom Malaysia
  • Korea Telecom
  • T-Mobile
  • Polska Telefonia
  • Safaricom
  • Yahoo
  • Intel
  • CSR
  • Wataniya Mobile
  • Legend Holdings
  • Cisco Systems

NGOs

  • Teach for America
  • GOAL
  • Women's Learning Partnership