FSD2058 Employment Survey of Tampere University Postgraduates 2002

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  • Mäkinen, Jukka (University of Tampere. Career Services)
  • Ollikainen, Jyrki (University of Tampere. Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Philosophy)
  • Karvinen, Aija (University of Tampere. Career Services)


career development, employment, employment opportunities, graduates, higher education institutions, job hunting, tertiary education


The survey charted the employment situation of persons who had obtained a postgraduate degree from the University of Tampere in the year 2002. The data were collected in 2004. The respondents were asked about their previous studies, current employment situation and nature of the work, and whether the job was commensurate with their qualifications and whether a postgraduate degree was necessary for it. Experiences of working or studying abroad were studied. Participation in a graduate school was surveyed.

Some questions covered respondents' work history between the graduate and postgraduate degrees. Respondents were also asked whether they had stopped gainful employment for postgraduate studies and how had they financed their studies. One topic pertained to job searching: job searching methods used, employment sectors and type of employers approached were investigated. Respondents were asked why they had wanted a postgraduate degree. Opinions on whether the degree has enhanced or hindered their career opportunities were charted. Background variables included respondent's gender and field of study.

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