Already in the beginning of their studies, students think about the working life that awaits them after graduation. The future career path may be missing, and the connection between education and working life may seem fickle. One of the typical questions is: what kind of work am I able to do with my degree? Faculties and degree programmes as well as subject societies and guilds organize different events, where students get to meet alumni, so the people who have graduated from the same subject that they currently study. The alumni activities are coordinated by Oulu Extension School (TOPIK).
The subject societies have the best impression and knowledge of what their students are worried about regarding working life, and how they want to hear and learn about it. Ideas for guilds and subject societies on how to start and develop their alumni activities can be found on OYY’s alumni pamphlet.
TOPIK collects information on the University of Oulu graduates career monitoring. Master’s degree career monitoring is surveyed every two years by sending the survey to those who graduated five years ago. Doctoral degree career monitoring is less frequent. You can find reports according to the faculty in Notio intranet (education > evaluation and developing > career monitoring).
The most recent Master’s degree survey (2014) was responded by 460 graduates from 2009, which means 40,4 % of all 2009 graduates in the University of Oulu. The average period of employment five years after graduation was 4,1 years. Almost 45 % of the respondents had been unemployed at some point, but this varied greatly between faculties and degree programmes. The average unemployment period was 0,7 years. Regional labour market situation and poor employment situations of specific fields seemed to make students’ employment harder. It is worthwhile to pay attention to defective networks and inadequate work experience already during one’s studies. At the moment of the survey, 83 % of the respondents were working, 5,1 % were unemployed, and 11,7 % had some other labour market situation (e.g. studies, family leave). All in all, the labour market situation of the University of Oulu graduates has slightly declined compared to the information collected two years earlier.
Go to toissa.fi to see what kind of jobs graduates from Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences have worked in.
It is a good idea to broaden your work experience already when you are studying. This is easiest through traineeships, that you can include in your studies.
It is possible to apply for a traineeship grant from the University. The grant makes it easier for employers to hire a trainee. You can find traineeship offers from the University’s website, and they are also forwarded to mailing lists of subject societies and degree programmes. In addition, the student is advised to be active in finding a suitable place for traineeship. More information on traineeships: https://www.oulu.fi/forstudents/traineeship