Switzerland: the field of work of 9 out of 10 graduates corresponds to their training, according to official data

A survey by the Federal Statistical Office (OFS) reveals that 93 per cent of higher education graduates have held a job corresponding to their level of education.

In addition, the proportion of higher education graduates in inadequate employment – ​​indicating that such employment is considered if it does not require a university degree and corresponds to the professional qualifications of the training – is fixed between one percent for university graduates and ten percent for holders of federal certificates, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

“The majority of university graduates are in the position they are in one year after graduation. Only 5% (master’s degree from a university) or 10% (bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences) have been in paid employment for more than three years and therefore already during their studies”, the press release issued by Office, highlights regarding the findings of 2018.

In addition, those with a bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences have a 10% higher risk of being in an unsuitable job than those who changed jobs after graduation.

However, Higher Vocational Training (HBB) graduates joined companies before graduation – which does not represent the risk of unsuitable jobs. Higher vocational training is often commensurate with the job and linked to it in terms of content.

In support of this, the data reveals that the majority of graduates with a federal certificate, about 73% of them or a federal diploma (78%), obtained a job in their field before get their degree. About 60 percent of federal patent graduates and 69 percent of federal diploma graduates have worked in the same company for at least three years.

The Swiss government is not generous with work experiences only for its citizens, but also for third-country nationals who have obtained a master’s or doctoral degree. Previously, the Federal Council of Switzerland announced that it was working to create legal benefits for foreigners who have obtained a master’s or doctoral degree in the country and who wish to remain on Swiss territory.

In order to meet this requirement, they should be excluded from the maximum annual number of residence permits if their employment is of high scientific or economic interest.“, Specifies the press release from the Federal Council.

Data from the Federal Statistical Office reveals that there were 191,812 international students in Switzerland in the 2019/2020 academic year. About 83,736 of these students were enrolled in universities of applied sciences, 14,844 in medicine and pharmacy and 10,711 in engineering and

Helen D. Jessen