Employment of recent graduates continued to increase

University graduates were most successful in gaining employment, close on 90 per cent of them were working at the end of 2018. Altogether 69 per cent of attainers of basic vocational education qualifications, 84 per cent of attainers of vocational qualifications and 95 per cent of attainers of specialist vocational qualifications were employed

According to Statistics Finland’s education statistics, employment of recent graduates improved further. University graduates were most successful in gaining employment, close on 90 per cent of them were working at the end of 2018. Altogether 69 per cent of attainers of basic vocational education qualifications, 84 per cent of attainers of vocational qualifications and 95 per cent of attainers of specialist vocational qualifications were employed

Altogether 10 per cent of recently graduated women and 17 per cent of men who had attained initial vocational qualifications were unemployed

The employment of both recently graduated women and men improved by two percentage points compared to the previous year. In all, 76 per cent of all recently graduated women and 67 per cent of men were working.
 
Of those with initial vocational qualifications, 69 per cent were employed, 75 per cent of women and 62 per cent of men. In all, 14 per cent were unemployed, 10 per cent of women and 17 per cent of men. Altogether 16 per cent continued studying after completing initial qualifications, slightly over one-half did so besides work. In all, 13 per cent of men belonged to the group “other”, which includes, for example, non-military service and military service. Eighty-four per cent of attainers of vocational qualifications and 95 per cent of attainers of specialist vocational qualifications were working.
 
The employment of those with a university degree had also improved. Eighty-nine per cent of those with university of applied sciences degrees and 88 per cent of those with higher university degrees were employed one year after graduation. Women and men with university degrees found employment equally easily. Five per cent of both those with university of applied sciences degrees and those with higher university degrees were unemployed. Ninety-five per cent, as many women as men, of those with a higher university of applied sciences degree were working one year after graduation and three per cent were unemployed. Of recently graduated doctors, 86 per cent were working, 88 per cent of women and 84 per cent of men. Four per cent of them were unemployed.
There were differences in the transition to working life by field of education.
 
Employment improved most in the field of natural sciences, by three percentage points. Altogether 70 per cent of those who graduated from the field of natural sciences were employed. The transition was easiest for graduates with qualifications from the female-dominated field of health and welfare, in which 88 per cent of graduates were employed. Employment was second best in the field of business, administration and law, 81 per cent of graduates. Unemployment was highest, 14 per cent, among those with qualifications in the field of information and communication technology (ICT).
 
 

Reasons to study in Finland

What makes Finland the ideal destination for pursuing education? Finland has one of the most successful education systems in the world, and Finnish universities are ranked among the best, which are ideal for anyone seeking high-quality education abroad. Whether it is the seaside capital area of Helsinki, the medieval university city of Turku or the popular inland city of Tampere, you can find the best Finnish study destination for you.

 

If you want to receive a world-class education, immerse yourself in the Nordic lifestyle, and study in one of the happiest places on earth (although it can be cold!) then perhaps Finland has been on your list of destinations! Read on to learn more about what makes Finland one of the best places to study in abroad. 

1. World-class education system

 

With one of the most successful education systems in the world, it is no wonder that more than 14,000 international students have chosen Finland to study abroad.

 Finland continues to surpass the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand in mathematics, science and reading performance. As of 2019, Finnish universities are ranked in the top three globally.

 

From early childhood, Finnish schools have been committed to providing students with real-world preparation and providing them with meaningful tools in life. Through interdisciplinary teaching methods, the combination of self-study, problem-solving and self-development capabilities provide students with a comprehensive learning experience from preschool to university.

 

2. Affordable tuition

 

Finnish and citizens of other EU member states can receive tuition fees for Finnish universities for free, while tuition fees for international students range from 6,000 Euros to 16,000 Euros per year, depending on the university and the degree program.

 However, many universities provide scholarships to international students mainly based on academic merits. Some universities may provide full scholarships, but more common are scholarships that deduct tuition fees as a percentage.

 

3. Equality and freedom

 

Equality and freedom are the cornerstones of the Finnish education system. In Finland, all students have equal opportunities to receive high-quality education, and due to the uniform hierarchy of Finnish universities, students usually have the same name as the professor.

 Academic freedom is also a core value of Finnish universities. Unlike other education systems, Finnish students can freely decide which modules to study as elective studies to ensure that each student has multiple skills and knowledge when they graduate.

 

4. High standard of living

 

Finland provides a very comfortable standard of living for students and families across the country. Not only is Finland’s education and healthcare system first-rate, but most students’ living expenses are manageable, especially because of the large student discounts on food and transportation nationwide, and the possibilities of part-time work for students.

 Work-life balance is also an important part of Finnish society. Work, study and vacation are given equal priority, so employees and students are welcome to enjoy the results of their work, chill and relax with family and friends during off-duty hours. Sauna perhaps, anyone?

 

5. Otherworldly travel destinations

 

Finland has many attractions, sights and natural wonders that can satisfy your wanderlust in any season.

 If you dream of experiencing the beauty of Finnish nature, you can venture to Lake Saimaa or Archipelago*** Park, and depending on the time of the year, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights or the midnight sun.

 Finland also has open-air museums such as Seurasaari, Luostarinmöki and Suomenlinna fortresses for history lovers to admire, while others prefer to visit the Moomin Museum in Tampere, which specializes in these beloved literary figures.

 You can even meet Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus in Rovaniemi and enjoy the festive atmosphere!

 

6. Job opportunities for students

 

This is good news for career-conscious students-Several Finnish universities provide career services for international students. Whether you are looking for a job as a student or a full-time position after graduation, they can help during your job search.

 Part-time work and study are not uncommon in Finland-according to a survey by Statistics Finland, 55% of university students report that they have signed an employment contract while studying.

 

If you are interested in working part-time while working abroad, your student residency permit will allow you to work up to 25 hours a week.