Aalto University Summer School

Design a Meaningful Career

In this course, we will look at how you can creatively shape your career as you go into the radically changing world of work. We will focus on meaningful work as a core element of career sustainability and explore ways to design a value-driven path. After completing the course, you will understand how the changing context influences your career agency, how to use narrative to clarify your career identity, how to pursue meaningfulness and how to use radical creativity and design thinking to navigate the uncertain future of work.
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Aalto University alumnus Simon le Roux giving an interview about his career experiences. / photo: Unigrafia

Teaching period:


Application period:

7.6.2022 – 31.12.2023

Course format:



4 weeks part-time


High school

Field of study:

Business and Economics




School of Business

Tuition fees:


Please note that this course is a self-directed open online course.

This course shows how you can direct your career in a world where career tracks have all but disappeared. Career design is a creative and flexible approach for navigating this uncertain and unpredictable world of work. It is based on contemporary career theories that focus on career adaptability and active construction of meaning and identity. The overall purpose of this course is to help you design a career that is sustainable. A sustainable career is made of employability, health, and well-being in the long term.

The course has been authored by specialists in the field of career design and is supported by academic reading materials. Design a Meaningful Career is an open online course. The course material is divided into five (5) chapters.

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Illustration by Jolanda Jokinen

Self-directed studying

  1. Find the course here.
  2. Get acquainted with the course contents. The course consists of five chapters, each divided into several sections. The course content is available both in text and audio format and are supported with videos by Aalto University alumni who share their career experiences.
  3. After each section, there is either a multiple-choice quiz or self-reflection assignment.
  4. In order to successfully complete the course, you will need to pass all assignments.
  5. After successfully completing the course, you can download an official Aalto University course Certificate on the Future of Work platform.
Graphic and colorful ullustration of a person smiling and looking towards the future through binoculars.
Illustration by Jolanda Jokinen

Enrolment options

  1. Register now for the course. For Aalto University students, remember to enrol on the course Design a Meaningful Career MNGT-C1012 on Sisu if you want to receive 2 ECTS.
  2. After completing the course, you can download the official course Certificate on the Future of Work platform.
  3. You can share your course certificates in the Certifications section of your LinkedIn profile, on printed resumes, CVs, or other documents.

Course contact details

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Register for Design a Meaningful Career (external link)

Design a Meaningful Career is an open online course open for everyone who wants to take their career to the next level in a creative and conventional way. Register for the course here.


Career Design Lab

We help you design a sustainable and meaningful career path

Aalto University

The application period is open until 31.12.2023 00:00 (UTC+2)

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