Master's degree monitoring

The Aarresaari network actively monitors the employment of academic graduates. The first shared career monitoring survey was conducted in 2005. The data collected in career monitoring surveys is primarily utilised in quality assurance, teaching development and student counselling by the universities. Articles and reports (see Publications) have been written based on the data. In addition, the survey outcomes have been presented on the töissä.fi website.

For a more detailed look into the questions, please see the survey form 2017. 


Master's degree career monitoring process

Target group:
The target group for career monitoring are individuals who graduated with Master's or Bachelor's degrees five years earlier. The target group is collectively called Master's degrees.

Objective:
The nationwide Master's degree career monitoring survey jointly conducted by the universities seeks information about the quality and appropriateness of the employment of individuals with academic qualifications, the development of their careers and satisfaction with the degree completed. Information is gathered mainly using a uniform survey form and process. This enables the nationwide collation and comparison of the data. The survey provides up-to-date information for universities' quality assurance and steering as well as for research purposes.

Processing of data:
The survey implementation complies with the Personal Data Act (Henkilötietolaki 523/1999). The answers are processed with utmost confidentiality and the results are reported statistically so that answers by individual respondents cannot be identified. The names of the survey recipients are processed only during posting and already at the first saving stage the answers are linked to background information (e.g. field of education) received from the student register with a code number. The materials will be rendered anonymous before they are disclosed for research purposes. All data is stored electronically in an anonymous form in the Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD).

The latest results

People with academic education find work corresponding to their education well, even though employment challenges have grown (pdf). (Press release 4 Oct. 2013)