On Friday 16 December, the University of Tampere will celebrate the students who graduated in the autumn term of 2016. The ceremony starts in the main auditorium at 18.00 o’clock. Thus far, 226 Bachelor’s, 196 Master’s, five Licentiate’s and 50 doctoral degrees have been completed in the autumn term. The figures for 2016 will still rise before the end of the year.
In the graduation ceremony, the celebration speech will be given by CEO Minna Metsälä from the mutual insurance company Turva. In 1990, she graduated with a Master of Science (Economics) degree from the University of Tampere. The graduate’s speech will be given by MP Olli-Poika Parviainen who graduated this autumn from the Master’s Degree Programme in Internet and Game Studies.
Before the graduation ceremony, we asked two recently graduated students what graduation means to them and what their future plans are. Jaakko Tuominen graduated as M.Sc. (Admin.) this autumn. Satu Saari will complete her M.A. degree in the spring.
This is how Satu Saari and Jaakko Tuominen answered the questions we asked:
What did you study?
Satu: I studied Finnish with a specialisation in business communication and language consulting. I also took business studies and social sciences as optional studies. My master’s thesis applied the linguistic perspective to an analysis of the working life representations in Olivia magazine. That subject is close to my interests in working life.
Jaakko: I studied environmental and regional policy for my Master of Science (Administration) degree. I did optional studies for instance in politics and international relations and studied urban and regional planning at the University of Bremen for a year.
What career goals do you have? Do you have any work experience?
Satu: I am interested in communications. At the start of my studies, I thought about working as a journalist but during my studies I gained a wider picture of career alternatives. As a generalist you do not think about all the possible career choices, but alumni’s stories, recruitment events and my friends’ experiences have made me understand that the scope of jobs for which I am qualified is really wide.
Jaakko: During my studies, I worked in international multicultural youth work and as an advisor in the immigration services of the City of Tampere. I did the internship, which was a part of my studies, in a research group in regional studies. In addition, I have worked in various temporary jobs, such as removals, in order to be able to finance my studies.
My wish is to find employment in a field that would enable me to use the know-how I have learned at the University and to combine it to issues which really touch me and which I find interesting.
In its strategy, the University of Tampere states that it is educating people who understand the world and change it. What does this mean for you?
Satu: People from different fields bring fresh perspectives and we are all needed for something. For example, an arts student sees how a product designed by an engineer could be sold to people who do not understand technology so well. And engineers need language skills in order to find employment. The possible Tampere3 merger will hopefully result in genuine educational cooperation rather than just talk.
Jaakko: The biggest reason to apply to study at a university was my wish to change the world or at least change the things I find important. I believe that in the current world, which is shadowed by uncertainties and the post-truth era, understanding and the wish to understand will be significant on a fundamental level.
I got a unique opportunity to start working in the TRUST research project, which investigates the feelings of inclusion of unaccompanied refugee children and young people and how the inclusion could be supported by education, housing and social work. I believe that in order for this work to succeed, one must understand the world and be prepared to change it.