School of Business

School of Business Graduates in Working Life

Our Master's graduates are highly successful in finding jobs corresponding to their education, and receive a good salary. On this page you'll find information about the placement and career development of our graduates.

National career monitoring survey is currently underway. Master's degree 2016 graduate, please respond the survey you received. You may have received the survey by email, letter, or text message. Warm thanks!
Opiskelijoita käytävällä. Kuva: Aalto-yliopisto / Aino Huovio
Photo: Aalto University / Aino Huovio

Career monitoring surveys

Aalto University School of Business Career Services follows the labour market situation of our master's degree graduates one year after graduation and career development five years after graduation. Career development monitoring is conducted as a part of a national survey on academic graduates with the Aarresaari Career Services network representing 13 Finnish Universities.

The placement survey one year after graduation is our own survey for master's graduates, and most of the information on this page is based on data from this survey.

Graduate profile

In 2020 about half our graduates were female (48%) and half of them were male (52%). Of the graduates 13% were international. The average age of the graduates was 29.

Graduates' satisfaction with their degree in the placement survey 1 year after graduation
Monthly gross salary of graduates 1 year and 5 years after graduation.

Of our students, 80% found employment before graduation

According to the placement survey, 80% of our students found employment before completing their studies. One year after graduation 94% of graduates were employed or were entrepreneurs (the last 6% includes postgraduate students and those, who decided not to apply for jobs right after graduation). 

91% work in Finland and 9% work abroad.

Of the employed graduates, 91% found employment in Finland and 9% abroad. Of those who worked abroad, majority worked around Europe.

Graduates job titles

New graduates of Aalto University School of Business report working under more than a hundred different job titles. Above, you can see examples of some of the more common job titles.

Most graduates work at a large company

Majority of the graduates of Aalto University School of Business find employment in large (65%) and small & medium sized (18%) companies. Some of the graduates get employed by the state (2%) or university (7%). Of the graduates, 8% get employed by other entities or employ themselves. Some examples of our graduates' employers are shown below.

Our graduates' employers

Nearly 30% of graduates work in consulting

School of Business graduates get employed in a wide range of industries. The most popular industries include consultancy (27%), IT & telecom (13%) and finance (10%).

Industries where our graduates work

Social media and career portals are the most popular channels for job search

For our graduates, social media (e.g. LinkedIn) (33%) and organizations' websites (25%) are the most popular channels to find employment. Many found open positions through their personal contacts and networks (24%). Also, some found employment through Career portals (e.g. Monster, Oikotie) (23%) and Aalto CareerWeb's Job Portal (20%).

The most important job search channels
Most important skills in working life

Most important skills in working life

The picture on the left presents five skills the respondents need the most in their current job, according to results of the career development survey conducted five years after graduation in 2020.

The respondents also considered many other skills important, for example
•    communication in English
•    organization and coordination skills
•    stress tolerance
•    project management skills
•    information retrieval skills
•    ICT skills
•    Knowledge of the basics of business/ financial administration
•    public speaking skills
•    networking skills
•    negotiation skills
•    communication in Finnish
•    acting in a multicultural environment

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More information about the career surveys

Tanja Makkonen

Tanja Makkonen

Senior Manager, Career Services
Opiskelijoita Kauppakorkeakoululla. Kuva: Aalto-yliopisto / Roope Kiviranta

The MSc degree in Business is appreciated in the labour market, say recent School of Business graduates

Responses to career monitoring surveys will also be carefully taken into account in the development of teaching.

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