The network was founded as part of the Lähde työelämään project. The participating academic units have each appointed a YVV contact person whose task is to distribute information regarding societal interaction within his or her unit and communicate with stakeholders.
1.) Initial interviews: A wide selection of persons from different units were interviewed in order to identify areas of development, interest towards the network and the overall situation regarding employer collaboration.
2.) Planning team: The key organizers formed a planning team whose task was to draft an initial model of operation for the network. The team had to carry wide-ranging expertise, as the goal was to integrate the network into the structures and practices of the university.
3.) Identifying areas of operation: The team then set out to identify existing forms of employer collaboration, locate persons responsible for employer contacts and list the most important areas of development. These determined the goals of the network.
4.) Organizing the network: Information about the project was distributed widely beforehand, and each unit was asked to nominate a network contact person. A mailing list was created to facilitate communication between the members.
5.) Starting up the network: After the planning team had formulated the initial goals and policies, the members of the network had a meeting. The team and the network set out to plan the future operation of the organization.
Pilvi Lempiäinen and Heli Aarnisalo (Lähde työelämään -project, university of Turku)