Career Services

Career Services provides you career counselling and guidance on traineeships, in addition to which it organises events related to job seeking and career opportunities.

Coronavirus affects Career Services’ functions

Coronavirus affects Career Services’ functions as follows:

Career counselling
For now, we’ll give only virtual counselling sessions. We will contact directly those who have booked a counselling session.

Support for job search and traineeships
This service is conducted online on Zoom. Please scroll down for more information.

Job Search and LinkedIn workshops
The workshops and groups for spring 2021 will be organised online on Zoom. Scroll down for more information

Group mentoring
The group mentoring programme for 2020 - 2021 is conducted online and the application period for students is currently open. You can find more information on the programme's website: https://blogs.helsinki.fi/mentorointi/.

Traineeships abroad
More information how coronavirus affects on traineeships you'll find on theme Traineeships.

Career Services follows the development of the situation and the University's guidelines. For general information about the coronavirus situation at the University, follow the Instructions for Students: https://studies.helsinki.fi/instructions

Kudin.fi - Career readiness self-assessment

Kudin.fi is a self-assessment tool designed to support you in your career planning and study path. Identified your career planning thoughts, questions and challenges may help you to better develop your career readiness before graduation and during your career.

  • You can assess your career readiness by filling out one to three questionnaires.
  • Based on your replies, you will receive feedback and tips on which areas you should work on.
  • You can also use the feedback to assess whether the career services could have something to offer to you. You will find a summary of the career services' activities on this page.

Continue to Kudin.fi by clicking here!

Support for job search and traineeships

Walk-in-työnhakuneuvonta

Are you wondering how to apply for jobs or traineeships? Do you need practical tips for drafting your CV, job application or LinkedIn profile? Do you need support with your job search strategy? Would you like to know more about the UH’s subsidy system for traineeships? 

Career services is offering support for job search and traineeships. You don’t need to make an appointment, just drop in and get your questions answered. The support covers eg. The following issues: 

  • Feedback on your CV and cover letter 
  • Support in building your LinkedIn profile 
  • Practical questions concerning job search 
  • Questions concerning traineeships, including funding for traineeships. 

Due to the exceptional covid19 circumstances our support for job search and traineeships is conducted online via Zoom. We will publish a link to the job search support on this page at least one hour before the session starts. After clicking the link you will arrive in a waiting room.  

PLEASE NOTE: You will be let into the session only at 12.00, 12.20, 12.40, 13.00, 13.20 and 13.40. The duration of the session is max. 20 min/student. Please be prepared to wait for your turn. We will let you know your waiting time by sending a message to the waiting room. Do stay in the waiting room to keep your spot in the line.  

Please note that job search support is not career counselling. If you are considering questions related to your future career, such as your career aspirations or your personal competences and strengths, make an appointment for career counselling (you can find instructions below). 

During the spring 2021 the support for job search and traineeships will be offered on the following dates: 

Tue 12.1. at 12-14 

Tue 26.1. at 12-14 

Tue 9.2. at 12-14 

Tue 23.2. at 12-14 

Tue 9.3. at 12-14 

Tue 23.3. at 12-14 

Tue 6.4. at 12-14 

Tue 20.4. at 12-14 

Tue 4.5. at 12-14 

Tue 18.5. at 12-14 

Tue 1.6. at 12-14 

Link (Tue 23.2.2021):

https://helsinki.zoom.us/j/65248760405?pwd=LzJjcENid0dtSW9Sb3dFS1FYeVVYdz09

Meeting ID: 652 4876 0405
Passcode: 786690

 Please note, that you will be let in to the session only every 20 minutes (please see the instruction above). 

Groups: support for study and career planning and job search

Career Services organizes several groups and workshops during the spring to support career and study planning and job search.

Boost to studies and career groups

Do you feel that your studies are not progressing as quickly as you would like? Have you lost sight of the goal of your studies? Do you have problems with time management? Do you need help in finding your strengths and recognising your skills? Do you need peer support? 

If you answered any of the above questions in the affirmative, Guidance Corner’s Boost to studies and career groups may be just the thing for you!

Groups’ themes:

  • Career Writing

Check the Finnish version of this page for more groups!

You’ll find more information, dates and registration form on Guidance Corner’s site.

Job search and LinkedIn workshops

Get the best tips from our Career Counselors on job search, fixing your CV and LinkedIn!

  • Job search workshops
    How to begin job searching? How do I write a good application and CV and stand out from other candidates? What kind of possibilities does social media offer for job search? How do I find jobs from the hidden job market? In the workshop, you will get the opportunity to read and comment on the other participants’ CVs in an encouraging environment.
  • LinkedIn workshops
    Update your LinkedIn-profile to a whole new level! In this workshop we will look at your LinkedIn-profile especially from the point of view of job search and networking. 
    What do the recruiters pay attention to in your LinkedIn-profile? How do you stand out from the other candidates? You will receive help in writing your profile text, get the opportunity to comment on other students LinkedIn-profiles and receive constructive feedback on your own profile. 

You’ll find more information, dates and registration form on Career Services’ event calendar.

Career counselling by appointment

What is career counselling?

Career counselling provides support for developing self-knowledge, mapping out career aspirations and opportunities, making decisions related to careers and planning future careers. In addition to discussions, career guidance may employ various methods and techniques to improve the career skills of those receiving counselling. The objective of career guidance is, through joint discussions, to provide you with tools for finding answers and clearing your thoughts.

You can make an appointment for career counselling if you are considering, among other things, the following:

  • questions related to your future career, such as your career aspirations
  • various career options
  • your personal competence and strengths.

Examples of typical student questions:

  •  “I am uncertain of my own areas of interest and bothered by the future.”
  •  “I am not sure about what my degree qualifies me to do.”
  •  “I hope that career counselling will make my objectives clearer so that I will know better what to prioritise in job seeking.”
  •   “I’m looking for viewpoints on what kind of career options I might have based on my education.”

What is not included in career counselling?

Career counselling is not student advice. Career counsellor cannot give you ready-made solutions for your life, but they are here to help you brainstorm and make your own plans and decisions. Neither can career guidance specialists take stands on issues or make decisions on your behalf, but they will help you weigh different options.

E-counselling

UH Career Services do offer also e-counselling sessions. These sessions are conducted using a video call. With this service we are aiming to provide more flexible career counselling services for our students. 

We use a software called “Zoom”. Using Zoom is free of charge.

How to prepare for your e-counselling session?

1. Before you book your e-counselling session, make sure that during the session you have

  • a computer or mobile device with an internet connection and a webcam
  • a headset (or other speakers and a microphone)
  • a quiet place, where you are able to discuss freely.

2. Book your virtual counselling session by selecting "e-counselling" in the appointment booking system.

3. A few days before your session your career counsellor will send you a link which you can use to join the call when your session is about to start. You will also receive detailed instructions for using Zoom.

Ethical principles

Confidentiality, respect and independence are the central ethical principles of career counselling. The counselling is always based on the goals of the client, respect and confidential interaction. The process is always oriented to the client.

The premise of career guidance is support for the client’s independent activities, strengthening their agency and participation. This operating principle can also be described with the words “respectful support”. More information on ethical principles.

EU Careers Ambassador

The Ambassador will answer questions on employment opportunities offered by various EU bodies, as well as provide details on future and ongoing traineeships, application procedures and eligibility criteria. If you are interested in a career within the EU and you need help to navigate through the application process you can meet the Careers Ambassador in person.

NB! Guidance is currently given in English exclusively!

You can contact the Ambassador by email: eucareers.helsinki@gmail.com. You'll find the EU Careers Ambassador also on Facebook.

Alumni Association’s Alumni Ambassador Program

Need help polishing your CV? Want some tips for a successful job interview or in recognizing your strengths? Alumni Ambassadors are here for you!

The Alumni Ambassador program is offered for free by the University of Helsinki Alumni Association. The goal of the program is to help students begin their job search with confidence.

Alumni Ambassadors are volunteers who can give feedback on students’ CVs and LinkedIn profiles, as well as help them make connections with companies and individuals in their fields. Ambassadors are also happy to answer questions regarding work and skills required for certain fields.

The Alumni Association has a vast existing network of former students they are connected with via LinkedIn and Ambassadors are easy to contact through the platform.

How does the program work?

Check out our short video explaining the program.

Read more and take a look at the current Ambassadors on our website!

Take part in the program!

Event calendar

Career Services organises Think Career events, info events and workshops related to job seeking and career opportunities. Keep up with Career Services by checking the event calendar.

Social media

You can find Career Services through the following social media channels:

Facebook:

  • Urapalvelut HY: By following the Career Services Facebook page, you will be the first to receive information on events and other tips to your feed.
  • UH Career Forum: The group connects international students, alumni and other individuals with an international orientation.

YouTube: Videos published by Career Services are available on its YouTube channel.

Instagram: Photos are available on the Career Services Instagram account.

Blogs:

  • Career Services – Expert articles in Finnish, Swedish and English are available on the Career Services blog.
  • The Group Mentoring blog covers everything related to the Group Mentoring Programme coordinated by Career Services.

Contact information

Please use email when you have questions related to

Career counsellors:

Sanna Grannas
Career counselling
Career orientation studies and training
Career planning courses for doctoral students

Jarkko Immonen
Career counselling
Career orientation studies and training

Leena Itkonen 
Career counselling
Career orientation studies and training
Career planning courses for doctoral students
 

Anna Storgårds
Career counselling
Career orientation studies and training
Services for international students

Salla Wilén
Career counselling
Career orientation studies and training

Traineeships:

Marika Jokioja
Traineeships
University funding for traineeships

Juhana Laine

Traineeships
University funding for traineeships

Employer Services:

Career Services for employers can be found in the University of Helsinki website at Benefit from the expertise of our students and Increase your visibility at the University.