One of the biggest challenges for international students in finding employment after graduation is the lack of contacts with employers and society. Career orientation is important already when planning the international degree programs. Students need support in finding contacts and also in how to contact the employer.
If employer collaboration is built into the study curriculum, students have an opportunity to become more familiar with the Finnish society and work life. VALOA project piloted project work courses for international students, and there were a few cases where students were employed after the collaboration. It can be challenging for an international student to find an internship and, during the VALOA workshop for the university, a case was built to organize company visits for the students. Company visits provided the students with direct contacts when they needed to look for an internship placement and also gave an idea of the possible organizations in Finland to contact.
|Elvira Petrova: Student in University of Helsinki