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Career Design Lab

Career Design Lab is a learning and collaboration space for shaping sustainable careers. We support Aalto students, alumni and all lifewide learners in meaningful career design. For employers, we offer opportunities for collaborating and connecting with Aalto talent. Join us in co-creating a sustainable and inclusive future of work!

The career is dead, long live the career!

As predictable career tracks are disappearing, we need to rethink our approach to career planning. The future of work is made of frequent transitions and calls for continuous adaptation and learning.

Career design is a learning-focused and purpose-driven approach to careers. It is a mindset that emphasizes curiosity, experimentation and collaboration.

It is also a research-based set of creative tools to help you design and redesign your path at every twist and turn.

Let’s co-create meaningful and sustainable careers!


Feel the Future!

Feel the Future is our university community’s future-oriented strive to help you better understand the current developments, emerging trends and weak signals of the future of working, living and learning – and what is in it for you. 

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Career Design Lab Blog

Career design thinking offers a fresh perspective to prepare for the future of work and unpredictable career paths.

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Future of Work online courses

Amid constant change, life-wide learning is a mindset that enables you to navigate through the future of work. Aalto University's Future of Work online course platform offers courses to help prepare for your future career.

Future of Work Online Courses

About Career Design Lab

Our Purpose

We facilitate meaningful careers and shape a sustainable and inclusive future of work.

Our Services

We provide research-based, creative services in collaboration with the Aalto University community and partners. 

  • We help Aalto students and alumni with sustainable career design and lifewide learning
  • We support Aalto students in finding meaningful employment
  • We share research and insights on careers and future of work to serve the Aalto community and all lifewide learners
  • We organize events to inspire learning, create connections and foster dialogue
  • We collaborate with future-driven employers

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Our team

 Elisa Kouvonen

Elisa Kouvonen

Head of Career Design Lab 
 Kirsi LaPointe

Kirsi LaPointe

Career Design Education & Coaching
 Ulla Eskola

Ulla Eskola

Career Design & Future Dialogues 
 Aila Saloranta

Aila Saloranta

Career Design Education & Coaching
 Susanna Saarinen

Susanna Saarinen

Career Design Coaching & JobTeaser
 Kaisa Paasivirta

Kaisa Paasivirta

International Talent Programme & Mentoring
 Riitta Kontio

Riitta Kontio

Employer Collaboration 
 Susanna Ritala

Susanna Ritala

Alumni Lifewide Learning & Community Development
 Henna Pursiainen

Henna Pursiainen

Sustainable Careers & Alumni Impact
 Riikka Heinonen

Riikka Heinonen

Data-Driven Development & Career Monitoring
 Niina Virtanen

Niina Virtanen

International Students, Diversity & Inclusion

Hanna Wikström

Career Design Lab Marketing
 Emilia Silius

Emilia Silius

Marketing and Communications

Ville Hakulinen

Aalto Talent Expo & Summer Job Day

Fiona Jokivuolle

Alumni Relations (School of Business)

Milja Koski

Employer Collaboration (School of Business)
 Tanja Makkonen

Tanja Makkonen

Career Design (School of Business)


Mira Hänninen
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Alumna Mira Hänninen: It is inspiring to see that my own work can have a positive impact on society

Our alumna Mira Hänninen, who currently works at Neste, applied to the School of Business for a master’s degree in Business Law because she wanted a more practical business perspective in her law studies. "The most rewarding thing about the studies was that we didn't just study the content of regulation, but also considered what kind of practical impact it has on companies' business and decision-making."
BScBA Program alumnus Daniel Cohen in the front of New York city scenery
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Alumnus Daniel Cohen: I knew the Bachelor’s Programme in International Business at Aalto Mikkeli is a top programme, so I wanted to aim high and apply there

School of Business, Mikkeli Campus alumnus Daniel Cohen encourages current students to be confident and patient in finding their own paths: “If you feel like you don’t know what to do, don’t worry. That doesn’t mean you cannot get ahead in your career and build up work skills. Anything you do for work will help you get in the right direction.”
BScBA alumna Julia Romanyuk sitting in front of mountain landscape
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Alumna Julia Romanyuk: Studying at Mikkeli Campus gives the graduates an important advantage

During her career in rhythmic gymnastics, Julia Romanyuk, a multiple Finnish champion and the School of Business Mikkeli campus alumna learnt many skills that have been valuable outside athletics as well: ‘I have applied these practical skills, such as time management and having a high drive, in my studies and personal life.’
Yhteiskuvassa Khanh Vu ja Junhui Wang seisomassa rinnakkain, taustalla valkoinen seinä. Junhui Wang nojaa kevyesti Khan Vuta vasten kädet tämän hartioilla.
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'After the mentoring, I feel I have more courage and can do the things I actually want to'

A mentor and a mentee from Aalto Mentoring Program share their stories.
People hanging out in Dipoli

Advancement and Corporate Engagement (ADCO)

We offer opportunities for collaboration, develop alumni activities and build relationships with donors.

Graduation Party 2022

For alumni

As an Aalto University alumnus/alumna, you are an important part of Aalto community. Welcome to develop, participate and network!

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