The Finnish Union of Engineering Students (IOL) safeguards the professional interests of engineering students and other technology students studying at universities of applied sciences. IOL has 17 000 members making it the biggest membership association within the Union of Professional Engineers in Finland, which is a member of Akava (the Confederation of Unions for Academic Professionals in Finland).
Joining a union is the best way to safeguard your expertise. Unions safeguard their members' interests, both individually and as a whole profession. Without employee associations' hard work, benefits such as five weeks' annual holiday, current maternity and paternity leave and a five-day working week would only be a dream. Safeguarding individuals' interests includes employment and career services. The union's professional staff is at your service in all aspects of working life and your career.
The more members an employee association has, the better its position when negotiating terms of employment with employers’ associations. There is strength in numbers, so why not join during your studies and make sure that someone is safeguarding your interests.
The membership of the Finnish Union of Engineering Students is 30 euros for the first five years. If your studies are delayed and you end up studying longer than five years, your membership fee will be 30 euros/year until you graduate.