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Career after Graduation

KTH has been ranked 58th on Global university employability ranking. It means that the graduates from KTH are more eligible to take up professional roles in companies or entrepreneurial enough to create their own company. It means that recruiters think that these are the best universities which are preparing students for their workspace. It is always a ray of hope when you see your university featured among the top employable in the world and ranked number one in Sweden. Although, I can see a few of my seniors finding it hard to get a job and most of them working in great jobs, we students still have some anxiety when it comes to finding one. And unlike in India where companies come to our universities and offer us interviews, in Sweden, it all boils down to the networks we have developed, our technical competencies and to a small extent our fluency in Swedish. 

I can see a lot of efforts being taken by the departments at KTH to prepare students professionally and enhance their skills and competencies. Here are a few examples which I have personally experienced  so far:

  1. Few of our subjects are either formulated or handled by companies. The lectures are delivered by employees of that company. For example, Product Modularization is being taken up by Module management – A Swedish consultancy company. Scania offers internal combustion engines and hybrid vehicle drives to vehicle engineering students. Thus, we get to learn and understand the current requirements and practices of the company. 
  2. Even in courses which are handled by KTH faculty, there are few guest lectures where in the people from industries were invited to deliver the content. We have had lectures from Anders Johanson – CTO of Husqvarna, and lectures from companies such as Ericcson, Getinge, Assa Abloy.
  3. Most of the professors also consult with industries or work with external companies. I feel that their mode of instruction is quite interesting when they take up cases from their industrial experiences and deliver the syllabus content using industrial context.
  4. KTH has collaborated with various companies in carrying out funded projects. Thus the students can be part of such projects and gain insights about their respective industries. 
  5. KTH has an incubation centre at KTH Innovation where student’s and researcher’s ideas are nurtured. I have interacted with a few amazing startups who were part of KTH innovation and are now working full time in taking their ideas to the next step. 
  6. KTH has a career support office which offers lunch lectures, seminars on improving your soft skills, career planning and career path. You could also drop in at their office at a fixed time to get critical feedback on your CV and cover letter. You can find them here

With the above examples illustrating how KTH is striving to give quality education, Ultimately, it squares down to how we as individuals are exploiting the opportunities in the campus to build our skills and network.   

Happy learning!

Hej, I am from India currently pursuing Integrated Product Design at KTH. Moving to Stockholm has given me an opportunity to explore the new city like a local yet maintain the awe of a traveler. The vibrant KTH campus and its activities are itself a treat to a creative and aspiring mind. Join me on this journey of stories as we meet amazing people, exploring the innovation and sustainability pursuits happening throughout the KTH campus and the historical treasures of the city and the ways of employing jugaad to survive on a budget in one of the most expensive cities.