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Career follow-up surveys are sent out annually by the Career Services/Arbetsforum to graduates, both to those who graduated from one year ago and to those who graduated five years ago. The information collected is used for the development of the education but also as important information e.g. in career counselling situations. The national Tössä.fi portal contains similar information about labour market prospects for different education programs from graduates of all Finnish universities. You can find more information in the right column.


As an ÅAU student, you have access to the international portal GoinGlobal, which contains information on how to search for jobs and internships globally. You can gain access to GoinGlobal via the link on ÅAU’s Intranet. You can also find more information about internship opportunities and funding on our pages on ÅAU’s Intranet.

Always familiarize yourself with the organization’s systems and guidelines regarding salaries and salary development.

In the private sector, salary negotiations usually start already at the application stage when the employer asks you to state your salary claim. Even in the public sector, it may be possible to influence the salary, especially after some time in the new job, by raising the matter with your boss or within the framework of salary and development discussions. Exactly how much you can and should ask for in salary is tricky. If possible, it might pay to announce a salary bracket instead of a definitive amount. Don’t underestimate your work effort, but be diplomatic when negotiating your salary.

You can get more information via the trade unions’ salary recommendations.

The employment contract contains information about e.g. duties, form of employment, notice period, salary and other benefits, working hours and overtime compensation, pension, travel allowance and allowances. Some of these are usually determined in a collective agreement. If your workplace has a collective agreement, the employment contract often refers to this.

A collective agreement regulates issues relating to, among other things, holidays, notice periods, overtime compensation, sick pay, salary benefits. The collective agreement only specifies minimum levels and the workplace may have  better terms. If you get a job in an organization where there is no collective agreement, it is particularly important that your conditions are included in the employment agreement so that you and your employer know what applies.

You can get more information and advice about employment contracts, e.g. via the links below.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration


Ministry of Economic affairs and Employment

Updated 11.3.2024