Ahead of the game despite nationality
The survey shows that nationality is less significant than one might think when it comes to the employment of tech students. Both Finnish and international students found jobs easily if they had written their master’s thesis for a company. For Finnish students, the probability of finding a good job was 86 percent if they had written their thesis in collaboration with the private sector and 34 percent if they did their thesis elsewhere.
“The analysis reveals how crucial it is for the employment of students pursuing a master's degree in technology or architecture to engage with the private sector even before they graduate. Nationality does play a role, as does work experience in one's field, but cooperation with the private sector is in a class of its own when it comes to factors influencing high-quality employment. Looking at our talent shortage, it’s a problem that, compared to Finns, so few students of foreign background are able to write their master’s theses for a company. But once the problem has been pinpointed, it’s easier to find solutions,” says Piri.
TEK Graduate Survey is a feedback survey conducted by TEK and several universities. The extensive survey examines the situation of academic engineers and architects at the time of graduation. The survey receives responses from about 2 000 students every year.