School of Chemical Engineering

Doctoral graduates of the School of Chemical Engineering in working life

Doctoral graduates of the School of Chemical Engineering are satisfied with their careers and degree. We follow our doctors' careers in a survey that is conducted 3 years after graduation.

The latest survey explored the careers of doctoral graduates of 2016.
Research group CHEM

Large majority of doctors work for companies

Close to 80 % of the 2016 doctoral graduates of the School of Chemical Engineering were employed by a private or state-owned corporation. Less than a tenth worked as an entrepreneur or freelancer.

Respondents worked mainly with research. In addition to this, the respondents' tasks related mostly to planning and development as well managerial and supervisory duties.

61 % of the respondents agreed that they had required more demanding duties after completing their doctoral degree.

Nine out of ten doctors are satisfied with their degree in terms of career

As many as 95 % of 2016 doctoral graduates were satisfied with their degree in terms of their career.

Similarly 95 % of the respondents agreed that their career matches their goals.

Doctoral studies helped me develop my professional competence and create networks in my own field.

School of Chemical Engineering doctoral graduate of 2016

Skills learned during doctoral education are valuable in working life

95% of the respondents agree that the skills and knowledge they learned during doctoral studies can be applied well in their current job.

According to survey respondents, the most important skills needed in their work were

  1. problem-solving skills
  2. the ability to learn and absorb new, and
  3. analytical, systematic thinking skills

The respondents agreed they were able to develop these skills well during their doctoral education.

Graduates encourage current doctoral students to network

We also asked the graduates what skills and expertise they would recommend doctoral candidates to acquire for working life. In their responses doctoral graduates emphasised, in particular, the importance of networking and collaborating with companies.

Graduates also encouraged doctoral candidates to acquire competence in areas such as business administration and project management.

More information on doctoral career tracking

Riikka Heinonen
Manager, Alumni Engagement and Career Services
Advancement and Corporate Engagement
Aalto University
[email protected]

See also

Doctoral students in the lab

Aalto Doctoral Programme in Chemical Engineering

The Aalto Doctoral Programme in Chemical Engineering comprises seven research fields that focus on: forest products technologies; chemical engineering; industrial biotechnology; materials science and nanotechnology; metals and minerals processing; and energy technology. The Departments of Bioproducts and Biosystems (Bio2), Chemistry and Material Science, and Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering are jointly responsible for the programme.

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