Nationwide career monitoring survey starts on 3rd of October. All 2017 master's graduates and 2019 doctoral graduates will be invited to participate in the survey.
School of Business Graduates in Working Life
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. The information on this page comes from our masters who graduated in 2016 or 2020.
In 2020 about half our graduates were female (51%) and half of them were male (49%). Of the graduates 10% were international. The average age of the graduates was 28.
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 93% of graduates were employed or were entrepreneurs. The remaining 7% includes postgraduate students, those in another master's degree and those, who are still looking for employment.
Of the employed graduates, 89% found employment in Finland and 11% abroad. Of those who worked abroad, majority worked around Europe.
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 (54%) and small & medium sized (34%) companies. Some of the graduates get employed by the state (3%) or university (4%). Of the graduates, 5% get employed by other entities or employ themselves. Some examples of our graduates' employers are shown below.
Most popular industries
School of Business graduates get employed in a wide range of industries. The most popular industries include consultancy (23%), IT & telecom (15%) and finance (14%).
Social media is the most popular channel for job search
For our graduates, the most popular channels to find employment are social media (e.g. LinkedIn) (38%) and personal contacts and networks (27%). Job portals such as Aalto JobTeaser (21%) and Oikotie/Monster etc (21%) were preferred more than organizations' own websites (20%).
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
Here you can find School of Business alumni stories. Our alumni share their professional journeys and give advice and tips regarding working life. The stories have been sorted based on the alumni's majors. The newest publications are placed first in the major groups.
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.
Doctoral graduates of the School of Business are satisfied with their careers and degree. We follow our doctors' careers in a survey that is conducted 3 years after graduation.