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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 2018 half of our graduates were female and half of them were male. Of the graduates 15% were international. The median age was 28.

Graduates' satisfaction with their degree 1 year after graduation: 97% satisfied in terms of employment, 98% would recommend their studies to others and 98% agree that employers value the degree
Monthly gross salary of graduates. 1 year from graduation: Mean 4225 euros, median 3800 euros. 5 years from graduation mean 5333 euros, median 4950 euros.

85% found employment before graduation

According to the placement survey, 85% of our students found employment before completing their studies. One year after graduation 93% of graduates were employed or were entrepreneurs (the last 7% includes postgraduate students and those, who decided not to apply for jobs right after graduation). 

Of the employed graduates, 85% found employment in Finland and 18% abroad. Some graduates said that they work abroad and in Finland simultaneously. Of those who worked abroad, majority worked around Europe.

Map of Finland with the text: "85% works in Finland" and map of the word with the text: "18% works abroad"

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

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

Most graduates work at a large company

Majority of the graduates of Aalto University School of Business find employment in large (63%) and small & medium sized (23%) companies. Some of the graduates get employed by the state (3%) or university (3%). Of the graduates, 8% get employed by other entities or employ themselves. Some examples of our graduates' employers are shown below.

Aalto EE Accenture Capgemini Deloitte European Central Bank Finnair
F-Secure Google K Group KONE KPMG Metsä Group
Miltton Nordea OP PwC Salesforce Tieto

Nearly every third graduate works in consulting

School of Business graduates get employed in a wide range of industries. The most popular industries include consultancy (32%), finance (18%), IT & telecom (15%) and retail and consumer products (9%).

A diagram of industries School of Business graduates work in. Consultancy 32%, Finance, 16%, IT/Telecom 16%, Retail and consumer products 9%, public sector and non-profit 7%, industrial 5%, marketing, media and communications 2%, healthcare 2&, logistics 2% and other 7%,

Organizations' websites and social media are the most popular channels for job search

For our graduates, organizations' own websites (35%) and social media, (e.g. LinkedIn) (29%) are the most popular channels to find employment. Aalto CareerWeb's Job Portal was also popular (23%). Many found open positions through their personal contacts and networks (22%). Some found employment through other career portals (17%) or through previous employment (14%), while others were contacted by companies directly or headhunted (11%).

A diagram of job search channels listed on the previous paragraph.
These are the most important job search channels for our business graduates according to the career monitoring survey
5 most important skills in working life according to the survey respondents: self-direction/initiative, co-operation skills, stress tolerance, ability to learn and adopt new things, problem-solving skills

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 2018. The respondents also considered many other skills important, for example

  • organization and coordination skills
  • analytical and systematic thinking skills
  • information retrieval skills
  • communication skills in English
  • project management skills
  • ICT skills
  • negotiation skills
  • creativity
  • acting in a multicultural environment
  • entrepreneurship skills

More information about the career surveys

Tanja Makkonen

Tanja Makkonen

Dean's Unit of the School of Business
Senior Manager, Career Services

See also

A map describing the current employers of Aalto University master's graduates of 2013

Aalto University graduates in working life

Aalto University Career Services follows the career development and labor market situation of graduates.

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Studies and programmes

Aalto University School of Business is the leading business school in Finland. We offer our students multidisciplinary learning experiences and opportunities to solve real-world challenges in an international context. We help our students develop into valued experts, innovative entrepreneurs and responsible business and societal leaders for the future.

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For employers

Through us you'll reach business students in various ways. We, for example, publish employers' job adverts, mediate recruitment messages and organize career events & fairs.

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