Lack of career education during studies

In the universities, the main emphasis is on learning, but one of the purposes of learning is to find quality employment after graduation. Career learning is about life planning and learning, where students become more aware of self, the opportunities available to them, their decision-making procedure, and the transition from the university to research-related and other types of employment.

There are different strategies for providing career learning. In the University of Helsinki, “labor market orientation” has been a mandatory part of the curriculum since the University Senate’s decision was made (2004). The related guidelines state that, during the Bachelor level, there can be a course that enhances career learning and, in the Master’s level, the students can complete an internship. Departments and faculties have the freedom to plan and implement career learning and they can receive support from the Career Services. The University of Helsinki Career Services also has career learning courses for the students in English and in Finnish.

VALOA project has developed and tested a group counseling method for career learning for international students in the University of Oulu. The Curriculum for Career course developed in the University of Helsinki has been introduced in the VALOA workshops for the universities and is available here in the toolkit.