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.
Photo: Unto Rautio

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 14 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 2019 about half our graduates were female (49%) and half of them were male (51%). Of the graduates 16% were international. The average age of respondents was 28.

Graduates' satisfaction with their degree 1 year after graduation: 97% satisfied in terms of employment, 97% would recommend their studies to others and 97% agree that employers value the degree
Monthly gross salary of graduates. 1 year from graduation: Mean 4021 euros, median 4200 euros. 5 years from graduation mean 5680 euros, median 5100 euros.

Of our students, 83% found employment before graduation

According to the placement survey, 83% of our students found employment before completing their studies. One year after graduation 98% of graduates were employed or were entrepreneurs (the last 2% includes postgraduate students and those, who decided not to apply for jobs right after graduation). 

World map with the following text that indicates that: 91,5% of graduates work in Finland and 8,5% of them work abroad.

Of the employed graduates, 91,5% found employment in Finland and 8,5% abroad. Of those who worked abroad, majority worked around Europe or Asia.

A list of job titles: business analyst, consultant, analyst, associate, development manager, marketing manager, sales manager, controller, project manager, communications specialist

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 (57%) and small & medium sized (24%) companies. Some of the graduates get employed by the state (3%) or university (7%). Of the graduates, 9% get employed by other entities or employ themselves. Some examples of our graduates' employers are shown below.

Word Cloud with tens of employers listed, for example PwC, Accenture, KPMG, Aalto University and Deloitte

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 (28%), finance (18%) and IT & telecom (11%).

A diagram of industries School of Business graduates work in. Consultancy 28%, finance 18%, IT 11%, Public sector 8%, industrial 8%, media & marketing 6%, consumer products 4%, travel 3%, retail 3% and other 11%

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

For our graduates, social media (e.g. LinkedIn) (29%) and Career portals (e.g. Monster, Oikotie) (25%) are the most popular channels to find employment. Aalto CareerWeb's Job Portal was also popular (21%). Many found open positions through their personal contacts and networks (21%). Some found employment through organizations' websites (21%), while others contacted employers directly by for example submitting an open application (12%). 

A diagram of job search channels listed on the previous paragraph.
5 of the most important skills in their work according to students who graduated 5 years ago: ability to learn and adopt, co-operation, analytical thinking skills, problem-solving skills and self-direction

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 2019. The respondents also considered many other skills important, for example

  • stress tolerance
  • communication in English
  • organization and coordination skills
  • information retrieval skills
  • project management skills
  • ICT skills
  • public speaking skills
  • negotiation skills
  • networking skills
  • acting in a multicultural environment
  • creativity

More information about the career surveys

Tanja Makkonen

Tanja Makkonen

Senior Manager, Career Services
Four happy students in Aalto BIZ. Photo: Unto Rautio / Aalto University

According to graduates from the School of Business, employers appreciate the Master of Science (Econ. & Bus. Adm.) degree

Career monitoring surveys provide valuable information to support the development of teaching.

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