Field and occupations
Graduates are employed as managers or experts in various international organisations in Finland and abroad in the fields of marketing, export and import, forwarding, transportation and custom clearance.
The Employment Situation of Bachelors of Business Administration
In Finland, there are approximately 35 000 BBAs in the working life in total. The employment situation is satisfactory. In the 2000s, the unemployment rate has been around 5–7 percent, but competition for tasks corresponding to education continues to be strong.
Employment in the commercial field is easily influenced by the overall development of the national economy, changes in export, import and consumption as well as the development of information and communication technologies. The sector of economics and administration is nowadays increasingly tied to economic trends in the global economy and nearby regions.
As companies are focusing on their core competences, their administrative duties and other internal services are being outsourced, which creates new jobs in companies providing such services and opportunities to start new enterprises. There is a continuing need for professionally skilled graduates with multidisciplinary expertise in duties and professions that support the business life.
Demands of the Working Life
A Bachelor of Business Administration has
• extensive professional skills: basic practical knowledge and skills as well as theoretical foundations needed to act in expert positions in the field of economics and administration
• good communication skills
• good knowledge of languages
• preconditions for following the development of the field and continually educating oneself
Employers particularly expect basic vocational skills, initiative, teamwork and interactive skills, computer literacy and information acquisition skills from BBA's. Career development is greatly influenced by personal characteristics, work experience and special know-how acquired through work. Economic thinking, service-mindedness, interaction and often also internationalism are emphasised in all working duties in business economics. (Sources: www.tradenomiliitto.fi, www.ammattinetti.fi)