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Guidance Corner is located on the third floor of Kaisa House, Fabianinkatu 30.

Guidance Corner provides low threshold advice and guidance services on, for example, wellbeing, digital skills and job seeking – and even a weekly energising exercise break. Some of the Guidance Corner activities are regular weekly guidance and counselling sessions. Read more below!

If there isn't any program going on, feel free to read and rest in Guidance Corner. 

Read also Guidance Corner principles for a safer space. 

We are happy to receive your ideas, development suggestions and feedback related to Guidance Corner activities.

Video library

Digital clinic

In autumn 2019, the Digital Clinic is organized at the Guidance Corner as follows:

Thu 10.10 klo 10-12
Thu 17.10. klo 10-12
Mon 4.11. klo 14-16
Thu 21.11. klo 10-12
Mon 2.12. klo 14-16
Thu 19.12. klo 10-12

The Digital Clinic is meant for all students requiring more assurance in navigating the digital learning environments of the University of Helsinki.

For example, you may ask for advice on issues related to the following environments:

If you wish, you can bring your own laptop or tablet computer!

Carefree shoulders

Will be updated in August

Unisport offers an energising Carefree Shoulders exercise break at the Guidance Corner every Tuesday between 13.15 and 13.30. Join us!

Carefree Shoulders is an energising 15-minute break workout focusing on the back and shoulder region and freeing up those stiff muscles. Carefree Shoulders is well-suited for beginners, and no gym clothes are needed.

HYY's guidance

Legal protection clinic

Are you wondering what rights you have at the University, or have you experienced flaws when completing courses? Have unreasonable obstacles emerged to hinder your study progress, or have you felt a grade you received was unfair?

In the legal protection clinic, HYY’s specialist will advise you on legal protection issues related to studies. Legal protection clinics are organised in the Guidance Corner on Fridays according to the following schedule:
25 October at 11am - 1pm
22 November at 1pm - 3pm

We recommend that you check whether HYY’s new guide on legal protection has a quick answer to your question. The guide includes the most common problems that students of the University of Helsinki face in their studies as well as their solutions. You can read the guide online or get yourself a printed copy from either the legal protection clinic or HYY’s Services Office!

You can also get guidance on legal protection by email or phone from HYY’s specialist in charge of advice on legal protection.

In matters not related to studies, HYY’s members are entitled to free legal aid provided by Pykälä’s Legal Aid Committee.

Legal aid in Swedish is provided by Codex.

Subsistence guidance

How much can I earn when receiving student aid? Will my credits from this year be enough for Kela? What do I do if I am worried about summer-time subsistence? In our subsistence guidance, HYY’s specialist will advise you in issues related to student benefits, help you find further information and, if needed, support you when you contact Kela or social services, for instance.

Subsistence guidance in the Guidance Corner on Fridays:
25 October 1pm - 3pm
22 November 11am-1pm

If you are unable to visit the Guidance Corner, you can also contact HYY’s specialist by email or phone. Further information on this and on students’ subsistence is available on HYY’s website.

Info Desk for International Degree Students

Are you an international degree student with questions related to practicalities of studying at the University of Helsinki?

The student Services at the Kaisa House offers you help in finding answers to your questions.

We will have a pop up info desk at the Guidance Corner in Kaisa House on Thursdays at 15:00-17:00 hrs. from September 12th until November.

The pop up desk has the following topics in October (topics for November announced soon):

  • 17.10. Study tips - How to nail your exams
  • 24.10. Relax after exam week - with coloring books and tea!
  • 31.10. New period, new me! Start your courses with renewed motivation

You can find us at the Guidance Corner at Fabianinkatu 30, 3rd floor (street entrance to the Kaisa student library).

A boost to studies!

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?

If you answered any of the above questions in the affirmative, Guidance Corner’s Boost to studies clinics may be just the thing for you! The material in the clinics is in Finnish and the work takes place in three languages (Finnish, Swedish and English) based on the needs of the participants, unless otherwise indicated in the clinic information.

Clinic themes and dates: 

Smart goals: Do you feel that your studies are not progressing as you would like? Have you lost sight of the goal of your studies? Come and clarify your goals and find a path to achieve them. The clinic uses the SMART criteria as support for the work.  

October 8, at 9-11, sign up here
November 5, at 9-11, in Swedish only, sign up here
November 26, at 12-14, sign up here

Studies as part of your career: Does the word ‘career’ sound distant and separate from your studies? Are you having a hard time finding your own strengths and recognizing your skills?  

September 17, at 9-11 
September 25, at 14-16 (Sign up here.)
November 5, at 13-15, sign up here
November 12, at 9-11, in Swedish only, sign up here
December 2, at 10-12, sign up here

Goal in mind, shaky time management: Do you have problems managing your use of time even though you know the goal of your studies? Do you need help in prioritising?

September 18, at 14-16
September 24, at 9-11 
October 22, at 9-11, sign up here
November 20, at 14-16, in Swedish only, sign up here
December 10, at 13-15, sign up here

A maximum of 15 students will be admitted to the clinics and they will be organised if there are at least three registered participants.

Please note that the clinics do not provide degree programme or faculty-specific study guidance. If you need help, for example, in determining what studies are missing from your degree, you can find the contact information for your faculty’s Student Services here. 

The clinics are run in collaboration by Career Services and Guidance Coordination Services. 

Student wellbeing

Carefree shoulders

Every Tuesday, you can take a break with a mini workout instructed by Unisport from 13.15 to 13.30. Read more about the Carefree shoulders above.

Wellbeing Tuesday theme days

On Tuesdays, Guidance Corner focuses on student wellbeing. Various parties promoting student health will be invited to hold information sessions and give advice on how you can improve your wellbeing. This autumn’s themes include the following:

  • Till the last drop of sweat? on 29 October at 15-17
    Stress is part of life. However, it is important to learn how to recognise when there is too much of it. Come and join Guidance Corner’s wellbeing event to stop for a while to discuss how to decrease stress and take care of your ability to study. Find the keys to the solution within yourself! Watch the story of aiming for perfection (in Finnish only). Sign-up will be available in early October. Sign up for this event by e-form.
  • Recognition and prevention of stress injuries as well as related rehabilitation on 12 November at 12-13 (The session will be held in Finnish.) Sign-up will be available in early October. Sign up for this event by e-form.
  • Assertive or without boundaries? On 3 December at 15-17
    Without assertiveness we are at the mercy of other people and tire easily. Learn to recognise your personal boundaries and to say ‘no’, and you will notice how you gain more strength. Come and join the wellbeing event to stop for a while and discuss how to find your own boundaries. Sign-up will be available in early October. Sign up for this event Sign up for this event by e-form.

Walk-in job search support


Are you concerned about job-seeking or issues related to traineeship? Do you need practical advice on polishing your CV?

The University’s career services provides walk-in job search guidance to support your job hunt. You can come for guidance without an appointment, if you require support in the following matters:

  • Feedback on a CV and job application
  • Support in practical matters related to job searching
  • Questions related to traineeship and its funding

The duration of the meeting is a maximum of 30 minutes.

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

  • Wed 30.10 12-14

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

  • Mon 4.11   12-14
  • Mon 11.11 12-14
  • Mon 18.11 12-14
  • Wed 27.11 12-14


Get tuned in to your thesis

Do you need ideas on sources for your seminar thesis? Are you familiar enough with the databases in your field? Are you concerned about submitting your master’s thesis via the E-thesis service?    

Guidance Corner organises regular guidance sessions on information retrieval for theses, the submission process for master’s theses and the use of electronic publications.

E-thesis Guidance
Thu September 26 at 1-3 pm
Thu November 7 at 1-3 pm
Thu November 28 at 1-3 pm

Know your information sources
Thu October 17 at 1-3 pm Open ac­cess pub­lish­ing at Uni­versity of Helsinki
Thu October 24 at 12-2 pm Open Science Kiosk 
Thu October 31 at 12-2 pm Theology: ResearchGuides and databases 
Thu November 14 at 12-3 pm Gale Primary Sources
Thu November 21 at 12-1.30 pm AsiaPortal

During term time, the guidance workshop on information retrieval in Kaisa House helps you with questions related to information seeking.

See also the Library’s online courses and contact teaching on information seeking.