Metropolia students not only find jobs quickly after graduation, but they also find jobs that match their educational levels. 12 months after graduation a mere three per cent were still looking for a job. The level of competence required of Metropolia graduates in their jobs corresponds well to their education, as only 8 % have jobs below their educational level.
Many jobs found through networks
Although the students eventually found good jobs, 24 % were unemployed for a while upon graduation. This was more than the year before, when the corresponding figure was 17 %. Employment prospects varied from sector to sector: a mere one per cent of Health Care and Social Services students were unemployed immediately upon graduation, while the figure was 6% for Technology and Transport students.
The factors that contributed to unemployment more than before were the weak labour market situation in terms of the sector and the region, insufficient personal connections and lack of work experience. Finding a job is more and more the result of knowing the right people: 28% of the respondents said they had found their job through their social networks. Moreover, 15% had been offered a job directly by the employer.
Degree valued highly
Graduates' satisfaction with their degrees has remained high throughout the years.
87% of Metropolia graduates were happy with their degree in terms of finding jobs. A significant 93 % of the students find that what they have learned at Metropolia is rather or very useful in their current job.
This result is based on a questionnaire carried out in the autumn of 2012, directed at those who had graduated from universities of applied sciences the year before. A follow-up survey of this kind is used to find out what kind of jobs graduates get and how well their education corresponds to working life needs. The survey encompassed nine universities of applied sciences. In 2012, around 2,500 students graduated from Metropolia, and about half of them took the survey.
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