Career monitoring survey

Career surveys collect information about the employment of graduates and the special skills needed in working life

Universities monitor how graduated students can find employment and how they succeed during the first stages of their careers through the annually conducted national career survey. Career surveys are sent to masters graduates five years and to doctoral graduates three years after graduating. 

The autumn 2018 career survey will start in October. Its target group consists of students who completed a higher university degree, a degree in pharmacy or a kindergarten teacher´s degree in 2013 or a doctor´s degree in 2015.

These graduated students will be approached by text message or letter later this autumn. In addition, students who have entered their contact details in their university´s alumni register can be approached via email. Students can respond to the survey online or on paper.

 

Diverse information about careers and skills
The career survey aims to collect information about the first years of employment after graduation. Graduated students are asked to evaluate their satisfaction with their degree and their career up to this point, and to describe any factors that helped them to get a job.

The survey identifies the skills required in working life and graduated students´ opinions of how university-level education helped them to develop these skills. In addition, respondents can provide current students with hints of the skills needed in future working life.   

-          “Information obtained from graduated students about working life and their feedback on university education are valuable in developing education. Every response is important in order to have as comprehensive an overview as possible of the career paths of graduated students´, says Eric Carver, chairperson of the career monitoring work group of Aarressaari, the career services network of universities.

Results available to all
Results from career surveys are publicly available in the Vipunen information service where results from 2017 are already available. The results from this autumn´s survey will be made public in spring 2019. Results from career surveys are also available in the Töissä.fi service where information is presented in visual format. The Töissä.fi service has more than 130,000 users every year.

Information obtained through career surveys can be used in teaching and guidance counselling at universities and secondary schools. Career surveys produce systematic information for the development of university education and for decision-making processes. They are conducted in cooperation between universities and the national Aarresaari network.

More information about career surveys:
Eric Carver, specialist, University of Helsinki
Chairperson of the career monitoring work group in the Aarresaari network
eric.carver@helsinki.fi, +358 50 593 5019