Universities are collecting data on careers again

In the autumn 2023, around 18,000 university graduates are sent a national career monitoring survey. The survey is sent to graduates who have completed their Master’s degree five years ago and to doctoral graduates who have completed their degrees three years ago.

The next round of career monitoring surveys is open 2.10.-11.12.2023.


By answering the survey, you will improve education and career counselling at universities

The career monitoring survey provides comprehensive information on the labour market position of graduates, career development and the correspondence of their studies with working life. The responses are used, for example, in the development of education and career guidance. By responding to the survey, alumni can help current and future students in career planning, and every response is valuable.

The results of the Master’s career monitoring survey also have an impact on universities’ funding. From the year 2021, the master’s career monitoring survey is tied to the universities’ core funding model, and the results of the survey have a direct impact on the funding universities receive from the Ministry of Education and Culture. The amount of funding is affected by the response activity and the points given to the survey questions related to the funding model. The core funding depending by the career monitoring survey for all universities in 2023 is almost 36 million euros. Universities have a long tradition of collecting career monitoring data. The first nationwide survey was already carried out in 2004. The career monitoring survey is undertaken by the universities’ joint Aarresaari network.


Universities produce academic experts

In the light of the results of career monitoring surveys, the most vital skills needed in working life are the ability to learn new skills, self-direction, and initiative. Other important skills include, among other things, collaboration, tolerance of stress and problem-solving. There are field- and job-specific differences in competence needs, but these core academic skills are useful in most jobs.

Eighty-seven percent of university graduates are satisfied with their degree and satisfied with their career. Satisfaction is also reflected in the fact that 89% of respondents would recommend their university education to others.


The results of the career monitoring survey may be browsed

The results of the universities’ career monitoring survey are publicly available on the Vipunen education statistics service. The Töissä.fi online service supports the career planning of applicants and graduates. It provides a large collection of examples of occupations and job titles and related career stories.


Links to the results

Vipunen.fi (University education – > Career monitoring)

Aarresaari.net: Graduates in working life