School of Business

School of Business Graduates in Working Life

Our Master's graduates are highly successful in finding jobs corresponding to their education, receive a good salary and feel that they are doing meaningful work. On this page you'll find information about the placement and career development of our graduates.
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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 monitoring is conducted as a part of a national survey on academic graduates with the Aarresaari Career Services network representing 13 Finnish universities. The national results of the career monitoring are publicly available on the Ministry of Education and Culture's Vipunen information service as a PowerBI report. You can also read the latest results of the School of Business career monitoring survey here.

The placement career survey one year after the 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 2017 (career monitoring survey respondents, response rate 40%) or 2022 (placement career survey respondents, response rate 35%).

Graduate profile

Of all master's graduates in 2022 51% were female and 49 % male. Of the graduates 14% were international.

Working towards a healthier planet and inclusive societies makes my work very meaningful, although I work in a multinational corporation.

2022 School of Business master's graduate in career placement survey

Many graduates who responded to the placement survey a year after graduation said that their work is meaningful in many ways. Graduates say, for example, that they have the opportunity to help people and customers, to contribute to society through marketing, to help make business more sustainable or even to improve public services through various projects. Many of the respondents felt that when the work is meaningful for the company, environment and society, it gives meaning to their own work, too.

They are also very happy with their degree in the terms of employment. They would also recommend the studies and say that the employers value the degree. 

Graduate satisfaction with their degree

Of our students, 84% found employment before graduation

According to the placement survey, 84% of our students found employment before completing their studies.

One year after the graduation 93% of graduates were employed or were entrepreneurs, 3% had full-time doctorate studies and 2% other full-time studies. 1% were unemployed.


Of the employed graduates, 92% found employment in Finland and 8% abroad. Of those who worked abroad, majority worked around Europe. 

Job titles of graduates from the School of Business

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 them.

Most graduates work at a large company

Majority of the graduates of Aalto University School of Business find employment in large (61%) and small & medium sized (25%) companies. Graduates get employment also from universities (6%), municipalities (4%), state (1%), universities of applied sciences (1%) and 2% employ themselves. Some examples of our graduates' employers one year after graduation are shown below.

Examples of our graduates' employers one year after graduation

Most popular industries and the salary

School of Business graduates are employed in a wide range of industries. The most popular industries include consultancy (24%), finance (16%) and industrial (9%). 

You can find all of the industries after one year, and salaries one year and five years after the graduation below.

Industries of School of Business graduates
Salaries of School of Business graduates

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) (49%), organizations' own websites (26%) and job portals (e.g. Duunitori, Oikotie) (26%). However, graduates use many ways to find the employment.

Job search channels of School of Business graduates
Most important skills

Most important skills in working life

The top ten skills the respondents need the most in their current job, according to results of the career monitoring survey conducted five years after graduation in 2022, are presented below in the order of the importance.

  1. ability to learn and adopt new things
  2. problem-solving skills
  3. self-direction / initiative
  4. analytical and systematic thinking skills
  5. co-operation skills
  6. organizational and coordination skills
  7. communication in English
  8. information retrieval skills
  9. stress tolerance
  10. project management skills

More information about the career surveys

Tanja Makkonen

Tanja Makkonen

Senior Manager, Career Services
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Aalto University graduates successfully employed

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.

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Up to 97% of our Master's degree graduates recommend the business degree

The national career monitoring survey is carried out annually.

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School of Business alumni stories

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.

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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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Aalto University graduates in working life

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

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Aalto University graduates valued in the job market

Nationwide career monitoring survey started on 2 October. All 2018 master's graduates and 2020 doctoral graduates are invited to participate in the survey.

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