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Doctoral graduates of Aalto University in working life

Doctoral graduates of Aalto University are satisfied with their careers and degree. We follow our doctors' careers in a survey that is conducted three years after graduation.

The latest survey arranged during the autumn 2022 explores the careers of doctoral alumni who graduated in year 2019.
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***Results of the survey conducted for doctoral alumni who graduated in 2018.***

More than half of doctors work for companies

Half of the 2018 doctoral graduates of Aalto University were employed by a private or state-owned corporation and a third by universities. Seven percent worked for state and three percent were entrepreneurs or freelancers.

As much as 70 percent of the doctoral graduates worked as experts. 56 percent worked in research, 23 percent in development and planning duties.

Eight out of ten doctors had more demanding jobs after graduation

82 percent of the respondents felt that their work duties had more become demanding with their doctoral degree and 77 percent felt that their degree had given them more meaningful work.

The doctoral degree has taken me to a level I would have not reached without it. I feel very elated having earned my degree from Aalto!

Aalto University doctoral graduate of 2018

Skills learned during doctoral education are valuable in working life

The respondents felt that they could utilize the skills they learned during their doctoral studies in their work and that the difficulty of their work matched their doctoral degree. They listed the ability to learn and adopt new information, problem-solving skills, self-management and taking initiative as the most important abilities in their current job position. The most important skills for work that developed during the doctoral studies were knowledge and skills related to the research area, analytical and systematic thinking skills, and knowledge and skills related to methodology and research methods.

To explore detailed results of doctoral career tracking, go to the Finnish education administration's reporting portal Vipunen https://vipunen.fi/fi-fi/yliopisto/Sivut/Uraseuranta.aspx (in Finnish). 

More information on doctoral career tracking

Tiina Kotti
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Minna Söderqvist
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