Career Services

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Career Services provides you career counselling and guidance on traineeships, in addition to which it organises events related to job seeking and career opportunities.The services are available to you from the beginning of your studies and for a year after graduation.

Coronavirus affects Career Services’ functions

Coronavirus affects Career Services’ functions as follows:

Career counselling
For now, we’ll give only virtual counselling sessions. 

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

Workshops
The workshops and groups for spring 2022 will be organised online on Zoom as well as on site. Scroll down for more information.

Group mentoring
The group mentoring programme for 2021 - 2022 is conducted partially online. You can find more information on the programme's website.

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.

Drop-in support for job search

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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. 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. 

The Drop-in support for job search is organized both online via Zoom and in the Guidance Corners (Kaisa house and Viikki campus). You will find the link to the Zoom-session below. After clicking the link you will arrive in a waiting room.  

Please note: You will be let into the Zoom-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 2022 the Drop-in support for job search will be offered on the following dates at 12-14

(Please note, that the sessions are organized as both online and live sessions): 

January:
Tue 11.1. (Zoom)
Tue 18.1. (Zoom)
Tue 25.1. (Zoom)

February:
Tue 1.2. (Zoom)
Tue 8.2. (Zoom)
Tue 15.2. (Zoom)
Tue 22.2. (Zoom)

March:
Tue 1.3. (Guidance corner/Kaisa House. Please note: the venue has changed)
Tue 15.3. (Zoom)
Wed 30.3. (Guidance corner/Kaisa House. Please note: Wednesday instead of Tuesday)

April:
Tue 12.4. (Zoom)
Tue 26.4. (Zoom. Please note: the venue has changed)

May:
Tue 10.5. (Zoom)
Tue 24.5. (Guidance corner/Kaisa House)

Join the Zoom-sessions using this link: 
https://helsinki.zoom.us/j/68188597276?pwd=QkttOXY2MjBOT3BCTjRhZURQME52Zz09

Meeting ID: 681 8859 7276
Passcode: 352587

Please note, that you will be let in to the session only every 20 minutes (please see the instruction above). In the Guidance Corners we are using queue numbers.

Workshops and groups

Career Services organizes several groups and workshops to support your career planning and job search.Get the best tips from our Career Counselors on recognising your skills,  job search, fixing your CV and LinkedIn!

  • Recognise your skills 
    Wondering what skills have you developed exactly during your education, your working life experiences and eg. in your hobbies and other extra-curricular activities? In our Recognise Your Skills Workshop you will get the chance to map out your skills and strengths and also to verbalise them in a way that will be helpful to you when looking for jobs.   
  • Effective job search 
    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.
  • Nail your job interview
    Come and get tips for a successful job interview! How to prepare yourself for the interview? What are the most common interview questions and how you should construct your answer to those? And which questions are not allowed in the interview? During our workshop you will get answers to these questions and will get the opportunity to practice the interview setting in a group of 3- 4 students. 
  • Learn how to LinkedIn
    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. 
  • LinkedIn feedback session
    Do you already have your LinkedIn profile set up, but you are wondering if it describes you and conveys the right message? Are you using the right keywords? Is your headline relevant? Are your goals, visions and competencies clearly articulated in your profile? In this workshop you will be able to ask questions and discuss your profile with your peers. 
  • Make the most out of your traineeship!
    Are you starting your traineeship during the spring or summer, and are wondering how to get ready for it beforehand? In the Make the most out of your traineeship workshop you will get to reflect your own goals for the traineeship and discuss how you can make sure that your work tasks will be meaningful during your traineeship. The workshop includes both individual and group work. 
  • Groups
    Do you feel that your studies are not progressing as quickly as you would like? Do you need help in finding your strengths and recognising your skills? Have you lost sight of the goal of your studies? Do you need peer support? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Guidance Corner’s Boost to studies and career groups may be just the thing for you! 
     

You’ll find more information, dates and registration on JobTeaser
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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. During your studies you can have 1–3 career counselling meetings, depending on your needs.

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 offers also e-counselling sessions. These sessions are conducted using a video call via 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.

Traineeship guidance by appointment

During the guidance session, you have the opportunity to ask questions regarding traineeships and discuss your own situation together with a specialist from the career services.

You can book an appointment if you are thinking about the following:

  • you plan on doing a traineeship but you are not sure where to start the process
  • you need tips on how and where to look for traineeship positions
  • you wonder how the traineeship subsidy works and how you can apply for it

The duration of a guidance session is 30 minutes. 

How to prepare for your e-guidance session?

1. Before you book your e-guidance 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 guidance session by selecting "guidance on traineeships (online)" in the appointment booking system.

3. A few days before your session the Career services' specialist 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.

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!

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.

You'll find the EU Careers Ambassadosr also on Facebook.

Alumni Association’s Alumni Ambassador Program

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

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

Johanna Ruhanen
Career counselling
Career orientation studies and training

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

Reetta Harkko

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. You can also contact us with email on matters related to employer cooperation: employerservices@helsinki.fi.