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Guidance Corner will open on the third floor of Kaisa House in February 2019. The Corner provides low threshold advice and guidance services on, for example, wellbeing, digital skills and job seeking – and even a weekly energising exercise break. During the spring, the aim is to organise various theme days, but some of the Guidance Corner activities are regular weekly guidance and counselling sessions. Read more below! 

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

Guidance Corner - a gift for the 150-year-old Student Union

Guidance Corner is the University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Library’s joint gift to the 150-year-old Student Union of the University of Helsinki. 

Watch an introductory video about the Guidance Corner! The video was released on 13 November 2018 in the Focus on the Guidance seminar, where the gift was handed over to the Student Union. 

Digital clinic

Digital Clinic every first Monday of the month between 14.00 and 16.00 and every third Thursday between 10.00 and noon. During

On Monday, May 6th, support will be offered in Swedish.

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

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.

Student wellbeing

On Tuesdays, events related to student wellbeing and the promotion of study abilities are organised in the Guidance Corner.

Every Tuesday, you can take a break with a mini workout instructed by Unisport from 13.15 to 13.30.

Once a month you can follow Nyyti ry’s and its cooperation partners’ Facebook Hyvinvointilive (‘wellbeing live’) broadcast onsite. Check the broadcast times and topics on Nyyti ry’s website.

In spring 2019, the following themed days will be arranged at the Guidance Corner; a more detailed programme with schedules will be published at a later date.

Tuesday, 19 March: Equality and non-discrimination

Tuesday, 26 March: 10.00–14.00: Is stress damaging your teeth?

Do you grind your teeth and clench your jaw? Do you suffer from headaches, dizziness or jaw pain? Perhaps you also have tension in the neck and shoulder area? Are you looking for relief?

Come to Guidance Corner and meet oral hygienists and a physiotherapist from the Finnish Student Health Service! You will:

  • Obtain information on how stress affects dental health and how it can be treated
  • Have the opportunity to take a test to assess your dental occlusion symptoms
  • Be offered guidance on self-care, including tips on good posture and sleep ergonomics
  • Learn more about facial self-massage, stretching and self-care
  • Meet experts to discuss other matters of oral health and physiotherapy
  • Receive free xylitol pastilles

18.00–18.30 Live session on wellbeing with the Nyyti student mental health association and its partners: What will I do when I grow up?

You can follow the live session on wellbeing on Nyyti’s Facebook page on Tuesday, 26 March, 18.00–18.30. You can also come see the session live at Guidance Corner in the lobby of the Main Library at Kaisa House. Further information (in Finnish):

Tuesday, 16 April: Stress relief

Thursday, 25 April: National Student’s Mental Health Day

Tuesday, 7 May: Knowing and managing yourself

Walk-in job search support

Job search advice on Wednesdays and Thursdays between noon and 15.00 (starting 6 February 2019)

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.

A boost to studies!

A boost to studies clinic on Wednesdays between noon and 14.00 (starting 6 February)

NB! The clinic will not be organised on 6 March 2019.

Do you feel your studies are not progressing as fast as you would like? Do you feel that you are not reaching your goals or that you have lost sight of them? Are you returning to studies after a longer break? Are you unaware of who to turn to for help?

A boost to studies clinic could be just the thing for you! At the clinic, you can, for example,

  • Clarify your goals related to studies
  • Map the steps on your path towards your goal
  • Find out what kind of guidance, support or help you might need on your journey
  • Perhaps recognise something new about your own existing competences

Discussions will be held face to face (you may also come with a fellow student), and depending on the queue they last from 15 to 30 minutes. You do not have to make an appointment. 

Note that the clinic does not provide degree programme or faculty-specific study guidance. If you need advice on, for example, what studies you are missing, you can find the contact information of your home faculties Student Services here.The clinic is run by Student Services planning officers with training in guidance counselling.

HYY's 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:

8 February at 11 am–1 pm
8 March at 11 am–1 pm
3 May at 11 am–1 pm
17 May at 11 am–1 pm

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.

HYY’s 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 at 1 pm. - 3 pm:

15 February 
1 March 
15 March
3 May
24 May
7 June 

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.