We are well aware of the challenges that face our graduates in the job market, so the Bachelor programme includes several tools that help students to prepare for a successful entry into the professional world and improve their employability opportunities.
Career Development Programme
This programme is aimed at preparing students theoretically and practically for a future career and helps strengthen the links between students and potential employers. The Career Development programme lasts for the whole study period and provides a variety of supports, ranging from equipping students with the knowledge and skills needed for employment, giving insights into labour market needs and trends, organizing internships, showing further study perspectives, all accompanied by advisory, mentorship and counselling services on the way.
Business and Leadership Skills Course
The course runs throughout the programme and covers a number of skills needed in further professional life such as writing a resumé and cover letter, understanding interview tactics, initiating salary negotiations, choosing one’s own career path, building life plans and at the same time paying special attention to overall wellbeing and mental health in order to establish a balance between work and personal life.
A total of 10 weeks mandatory internship after the first and second years of study forms an integral part of the Bachelor programme. Since students have to find their internship places themselves, they are encouraged to test the skills covered in the Business and Leadership Skills course, such as approaching potential internship providers, writing professional applications, practising job interviews. The internship also provides students with a better understanding of what will be expected from them when they enter the job market.
Approximately 65% of students agree on a paid internship. The Top 5 industries chosen for internship placements are Financial Services, Business Services, IT, Real Estate and Construction, and Retail.
On a scale from 1 to 10, 92% of internship providers evaluate SSE Riga students with grades of 8 and above, which proves that our students are well motivated and prepared for real life job market requirements.
Erasmus+ Traineeship is open to students of all study years and recent graduates. The programme offers 2 to 12 month-long work placements or internships outside Latvia in one of the EU countries.
This is a wonderful way to gain international work experience, find out about working culture differences, and expand professional network outside the country. The application process takes place throughout May, while the internship period begins in July.
Through events such as Days of Opportunities (Career Fair), Experience Sharing, and Career Advisory Sessions with alumni that take place at SSE Riga we help students find out about the latest trends in the labour market, create valuable contacts and gain insights into future career possibilities. We also regularly welcome our graduates back on campus to participate in guest lectures and network events, allowing our current students to draw on the experience of SSE Riga graduates who are now working.
Each first-year student is assigned an academic advisor with whom they meet four times a year during the first academic year. Academic advisory enables the individual student to share their concerns about academic studies, thereby facilitating the transition to higher education. It also provides SSE Riga, through its advisers, with an opportunity to learn about study processes, the challenges facing students during their first year of studies and helps refine the quality of teaching and learning.
Another type of assistance available to SSE Riga students is the Mentorship Programme with the aim of providing second-year and third-year students with further academic, professional and personal guidance. Participation in the programme is voluntary. The programme is run by the Alumni Association in cooperation with the School and the Student Association. Students are paired with SSE Riga graduates through matching student interests and needs with the profile of the graduate. Meeting frequency, format and content is highly individual. Mentoring typically takes place over a period of one year or one year and a half but may continue if both parties find it valuable. Mentoring may be face to face and/or over Skype or Zoom.
Counselling and Psychological Support
SSE Riga offers a free counselling service to all students to ensure their psychological and emotional well-being. Counselling, which is individual and fully confidential, is provided by a certified psychologist. Students are informed by the psychologist about the availability of counselling at an informative seminar at the beginning of the academic year. Students may also be encouraged to seek counselling at meetings with their academic advisors and meetings with the SSE Riga’s academic administration.
Career Advisory Support
If students face difficulties in finding internship placements, or feel that a piece of advice regarding internship or a career is needed, then they can apply for individual Career Advisory sessions. Career advice aims to help students to clarify their strengths, values, and goals to make balanced decisions.
Data from the Placement Survey of the Class of 2021 shows that graduates are hired quickly – 90% of respondents were employed within 3 months of graduation and average starting salary is EUR 1500 (gross).
The most popular job-finding sources are job ads (42%), through internship (14%), through the alumni network (14%) or students are headhunted by a company (14%). Recent graduates are mostly employed in industries such as: Banking and Finance (30%), IT / Other Technologies (25%) and Audit and Consulting (17%). Our graduates start careers in well-known companies like SEB, Swedbank, Luminor Group, Deloitte, EY, Accenture, KPMG Latvia, Rimi Baltic Group, Mintos, Printful.