School of Electrical Engineering

Doctoral graduates of the School of Electrical Engineering in working life

Doctoral graduates of the School of Electrical 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.
Researcher at School of Electrical Engineering

Over half of the doctors work for companies

64 % of the 2016 doctoral graduates of the School of Electrical Engineering were employed by a private or state-owned corporation. Nearly a fourth were employed by university.

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

50 % of the respondents agreed that they had required more demanding duties after

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

As many as 90 % of 2016 doctoral graduates were satisfied with their degree in terms of their career.

89 % of the respondents agreed that their career matches their goals.

My current job is not directly related to my doctoral degree, but I still feel I benefited from completing it.

School of Electrical Engineering doctoral graduate of 2016

Skills learned during doctoral education are valuable in working life

84% 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. self-directedness/ own initiative
  3. the ability to learn and absorb new

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,  the importance of networking and interpersonal skills.

Graduates also recommended that doctoral candidates acquire competence in areas such as programming, business administration and project management.

More information on doctoral career tracking

Kaisa Paasivirta
Manager, Career Services
Advancement and Corporate Engagement
Aalto University
[email protected]

See also

Aalto ELEC

Aalto Doctoral Programme in Electrical Engineering

The Doctoral Programme in Electrical Engineering comprises 13 research fields. The Programme is a joint effort of the Departments of Electronics and Nanoengineering (ELE), Signal Processing and Acoustics (SPA), Electrical Engineering and Automation (EEA), and Communications and Networking (TLV), as well as the Metsähovi Radio Observatory and Micronova - the Research Centre for Micro- and Nanotechnology. The completion of a doctoral degree equals four years of full-time studies.

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