In this study, LinkedIn, Statistics Netherlands and Eurostat examine anonymised and aggregated data about graduates of Dutch-based higher education institutions among LinkedIn members to explore their professional career path in detail, e.g. how they progressed in the labour market or pursued further study after completing their first degree.
The dataset was built from a significant cohort of LinkedIn members who reported graduation from Dutch institutions on their profiles. They completed a Bachelor’s degree at a university of applied sciences or a Master’s degree from a research university, between 2010 and 2014.
In designing the study, LinkedIn, Statistics Netherlands and Eurostat worked together to assess the dataset and investigate its representativeness, through validation and robustness checks. An approach for analysing the early career outcomes of graduates was developed based on thorough analysis of the data.
In general, the study pursued two objectives: using LinkedIn data to produce valuable statistical information and to assess the quality of these data for official statistics. [+]