Yliopisto-opintojen anti viisi vuotta valmistumisen jälkeen – Tukivatko yliopisto-opinnot työelämätaitojen kehittymistä työuran näkökulmasta?

Tarja Tuononen, Tuukka Kangas, Eric Carver, Anna Parpala

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In recent years, there has been a lot of interest in how university students develop generic skills during studies and how education meets the requirements of working life. The purpose of the present study was to explore how generic skills are related to satisfaction of degree and how experiences of the development of generic skills at university are related to skills which are considered as important in working life. The data consisted of 911 university graduates’ survey answers. The survey were conducted after five years of graduation. The relationship between generic skills and satisfaction of degree was analysed by Pearson correlation and analysis of variance. The relation between satisfaction of degree and the level of work was analysed by Spearman correlation. In addition, the relation between satisfaction of degree and generic skills were explored by analysis of variance in which faculty information was added as a covariant. The differences between the groups were analysed using Kruskall-Wallis test. The results showed that satisfaction of degree positively correlated to generic skills and the level of work. The results revealed that all generic skills were scored more important at work than developed at university. The biggest differences were in organising skills and collaboration skills revealing the need of development of those skills during studies. The results can be utilised in developing education as well as career monitoring survey. The research indicates that investing in the development of generic skills during studies can ensure to have more satisfied graduates in working life.
Original languageFinnish
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences

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