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Career Services provides career counselling and guidance on traineeships, in addition to which it organises events related to job seeking and career opportunities. Career Services is active on social media. A newsletter is also available for subscription.

Walk-in job search support

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Are you wondering how to apply for jobs or traineeships? Do you need practical tips for drafting your CV and job application?

We offer walk-in job search support at Kaisa House. You don’t need to make an appointment, just drop in and get your questions answered. Job search support covers following issues:

  • feedback on your CV and cover letter
  • practical questions concerning job search
  • questions concerning traineeships, including funding for traineeships.

Place: Guidance Corner, Kaisa House, 3rd floor
Please note: 20 min/student max.

During December Walk-in job search support will be held during the following dates:

  • Mon 2.12 12-14
  • Wed 11.12 12-14
  • Wed 18.12 12-14

 

Starting from January 2020 Walk-in job serch support will be held on Tuesdays 12-14

 

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 below.

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”.

EU Careers Ambassador

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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

Johanna Ruhanen
Career counselling
Career orientation studies and training

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

Traineeships:

Marika Jokioja
Traineeships
University funding for traineeships

Sara Pakarinen
Traineeships
University funding for traineeships

Employer Services:

Career Services for employers can be found in the University of Helsinki website at Employer Services For You.