LUT collects feedback from graduates – both masters and doctoral degree holders – as part of the national career survey every year. This fall, graduates from 2018 (master’s) and 2020 (doctoral) will have the opportunity to respond to the survey.
According to Harri Eskelinen, head of LUT’s degree programmes in mechanical engineering, the information and feedback from the career survey are actively utilized in the improvement of education.
"Degree programmes receive feedback from multiple sources. The career survey is an essential part of that process, as it allows us to examine the experiences of our alumni who are active in the working world," emphasizes Eskelinen.
In the mechanical engineering degree programmes, the goal is to identify recurring themes and skills that are particularly valuable in the workplace and can be further strengthened in the programmes.
Eskelinen cites the example of a leadership skills course that was largely built based on feedback from the survey.
"The leadership skills course is a good example of how the survey can help evaluate what new subject expertise is needed and how different content serves our graduates in their professional lives," summarizes Eskelinen.
Degree programmes aim to equip graduates with up-to-date skills
The development of education enables responding to changing needs in the working world and enhancing the employment opportunities of LUT graduates.
"We have close collaboration with partner companies and other stakeholders. We have succeeded in transforming the interface with the business world into seamless cooperation with an interactive and systematic approach," Eskelinen points out.
Eskelinen explains that collaboration with companies has created diverse opportunities for students to engage with the job market during their studies.
"Writing bachelor's theses for companies, internships during master's studies, and various project-based courses involving companies all simultaneously contribute to students' education and develop their workplace readiness."
Alumni play a central role in both education development and corporate partnerships.
"By responding to the career survey, alumni can impact the ongoing development work. Our alumni are always welcome to participate in degree programme activities from the viewpoint of the professional world."
The university career survey is carried out in cooperation within the national Aarresaari network. The survey is sent to target groups via email, postal mail, or text message.