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TUT’s graduates enjoy high employment rates and are satisfied with their degree

The Masters of Science in Technology and Architecture who graduate from TUT do exceptionally well in the job market and report high levels of satisfaction with their degree, as indicated by the results of a survey conducted by the Aarresaari network in 2014.

Thirteen universities from Finland took part in the survey, which examined the employment rates of students who graduated in 2009. The respondents answered questions concerning their employment status at the time of graduation and five years after their graduation.      

The majority of graduates from TUT found full-time employment right after completing their degree and continued to be employed on a full-time basis five years after graduation. The majority of those respondents who had been unemployed during the five-year period had been unemployed for less than six months.

“Tampere University of Technology keeps a close eye on the latest developments in its operating environment. Our degrees respond to the needs of the labour market, which gives our University a competitive edge,” says Vice President Mika Hannula.

Graduates from TUT were satisfied with the knowledge and skills they acquired during their studies and felt that they were well prepared to pursue a career after leaving the University. 50 per cent of the respondents stated that they were able to continuously apply the skills they developed at TUT in their work, and 46 per cent reported that they could occasionally apply these skills. Graduates from TUT reported that they had found employment that corresponds to their qualifications, as only 17 per cent of the respondents indicated that their current position was somewhat or a great deal less demanding than their qualifications would have suggested. However, the majority felt that they were pursuing a career that was in line with their original expectations and goals.     

The respondents were also invited to estimate what kinds of skills and competencies might be needed in tomorrow’s labour market. Graduates from TUT listed problem-solving skills, analytical thinking skills and theoretical expertise as the competencies that graduates will especially need in the future.  

“As satisfied as I am with the results, we need to continuously work towards ensuring that our degrees stay closely aligned with labour market needs. It is not enough for a university to provide up-to-date education. We need to stay ahead of our time,” Hannula says.    

News submitted by: Anna Naukkarinen
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