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Career planning is orienting yourself to the future, as well as making decisions and plans that sound out the future. You have probably already made a few of these decisions. As decision-makers, we are all different. Choices concerned with the future may be founded on our interests or values, notions of our future career or intuition, and on surrendering yourself or taking up an opportunity.



We all want different things from professional life. Our hopes and values also differ. Values have an impact on our orientation and decisions. Values also help us consider how satisfied we are with our current life and circumstances. Values define our thoughts on what we consider a good life and guide us in setting our goals. With the help of the exercises under this theme, you can think about your work-related values and the significance of work to you.

2. Competence

The ability to describe your competence is one of the most essential factors impacting employment. Competence is gained through studies, work, organisational duties, international exchanges, hobbies and general life experience. Competence is comprised of knowledge and skills, yet personal characteristics also influence competence to a great degree. With the help of the assignment under this theme, you can consider your knowhow and practice putting your competence into words. Complete the exercise.


3. Self-confidence

Self-confidence is an evolving entity comprised of attitudes, experiences and emotions. It is central to professional life and its changes, often linked with other phenomena, and usually described very briefly. Self-confidence is also related to having courage, knowing your strengths and valuing yourself regardless of your performance. Self-confidence manifests as perseverance and the ability to function in the face of adversity, as well as the ability to face up to and deal with personal deficiencies. With the help of the assignments under this theme, you can focus on evaluating the building blocks of your self-confidence and think about improving it.

4. Networks

None of us can go through life without the knowledge and human support provided by others. It is important to surround ourselves with people important to us, those who root for us, peers and those with whom we share interests. Our networks consist of strong ties to our families and friends, and to our hobby or work colleagues, as well as weaker links to people with whom we are less familiar or who are acquaintances of our friends. With the help of the assignment under this theme, you can ponder questions related to networks and perceive your personal network.. Complete the exercise.

5. Opportunities

Professional life is full of opportunities! There are potential pathways typical of a certain educational background, but there are also more atypical options available. Furthermore, there are those unbeaten paths that are yet to be discovered, much less explored by anyone. With the help of the assignments under this theme, you have an opportunity to get to know your potential future paths. You can explore various options, delve into interesting professional duties and contrast these with your wishes and the values important to you. Dare to dream big! Complete the exercises.

6. Decision-making

Building a future is the ability to make study- and career-related choices and decisions. Making decisions includes defining and eliminating options, as well as scheduling. As decision-makers, we are all very different, placing value on different things. Our decisions can be rational, based on experience or dictated by the heart. With the help of the assignments under this theme, you can think about yourself as a decision-maker and those people and things that impact your decision-making. You may also consider how to improve your decision-making skills. Complete the exercises.

7. Career and employment

The traditional concept of a single, lifelong career has changed. Many evolve through a multitude of transitions during studies, as well as in their professional and personal lives. It is important to build your personal study path with your future professional career in mind. Learning to market your skills is also recommended. Networking employers and job seeking are possible through several channels. With the help of the exercise under this theme, you can plan your steps for the future and draft an operating plan for reaching the professional life of your dreams. Complete also the exercises presented above.


Career pyramid


A pyramid model used in the training organised by the University of Helsinki Career Services is one way of understanding career planning. Self-knowledge, knowledge of occupational options, choices and decision-making, as well as executive processing skills are the elements of career planning included in the pyramid.

The pyramid is founded on self-knowledge and occupational knowledge. Self-knowledge is a broad field consisting of interests, values and personality, as well as personal competence and its identification and articulation. Occupational knowledge, on the other hand, includes knowledge of various occupational options, whether they are in the private, public or organisational sector, or entrepreneurial activities. This includes knowledge of career paths and opportunities, labour market knowledge and a notion of changes in professional life in general. At best, knowledge of personal options may facilitate decision-making and guide actions during studies.

In addition to self-knowledge and occupational knowledge, the pyramid model includes choices and decision-making. In other words, exact familiarity with yourself as a decision-maker and the grounds for your decisions. The top of the pyramid consists of transition skills, or skills in job seeking, expressing and branding your competence in relevant documents, and job interviews.

Graduation present: Online training for recent graduates

Happy graduation from the University of Helsinki Career Services, Alumni Services and the University of Helsinki Centre for Continuing Education HY+!

This online training module is a present from the University of Helsinki to you, our recent graduate.

Graduation brings you to the brink of something new. Before entering professional life, it’s good to pause to think about the knowhow you have gained during your studies, as well as your aspirations for your future career.

The training is focused on three different themes:

  • Pursuing your dreams
  • Identifying your competence
  • Getting ready for professional life

Each theme includes questions that can be used to accumulate material for drafting your CV or a job application. In the end, you can print out or store your thoughts for further use. The online training has been built in collaboration between the University of Helsinki Career Services, Alumni Services and the University of Helsinki Centre for Continuing Education HY+.

The course is targeted at recent graduates, but it can be of help even before graduation.

Join the alumni community!
The academic community will stand by you throughout your life. By registering as an alumnus or alumna, you will stay in contact with the University and be able to choose those alumni services best suited to you. In career events, for example, you will get ideas and tips from other alumni, as well as opportunities to share experiences with others. Free and straightforward alumni registration is available. Read more about alumni services.

Maintain your professional expertise with the help of HY+
We support you in maintaining your competence throughout life. Get inspired about learning with us. Please join our courses and free-of-charge events. Read more about HY+.

Career Services will keep on supporting your journey for a year after graduation. You can take advantage of career guidance and participate in events.

Good luck with your future!