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Doctoral graduates of the School of Engineering in working life

Doctoral graduates of the School of 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 Engineering

Over half of doctors work for companies

59 % of the 2016 doctoral graduates of the School Engineering who answered the survey 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 and managerial and supervisory duties.

64 % of the respondents agreed that they had required more demanding duties after completing the doctoral degree.

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

As many as 86 % of 2016 doctoral graduates were satisfied with their degree in terms of their career.

91 % of the respondents agreed that their career matches their goals.

”Apart from competence, the doctoral degree has given me vision and confidence that I would not have gotten otherwise.

School of Engineering doctoral graduate of 2016

Skills learned during doctoral education are valuable in working life

78% 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. analytical, systematic thinking skills, and
  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, in particular, the importance of networking and collaborating with companies as well as multi-disciplinarity.

Graduates also encouraged doctoral candidates to acquire practical competences, such as language skills and presentation skills.

More information on doctoral career tracking

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

See also

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Aalto Doctoral Programme in Engineering

The Doctoral Programme in Engineering consists of eight research fields including spatial planning and transportation engineering; real estate economics; geoinformatics; civil engineering, water and environmental engineering; technology education; mechanical engineering; and energy technology. Doctoral studies are available at all the departments of the School of Engineering: the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Department of Civil Engineering, and the Department of Built Environment.

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