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Career Design Lab

Career Design Lab is a learning and collaboration space for shaping sustainable careers. We support Aalto students and alumni in meaningful career design and lifewide learning. For employers, we offer opportunities for collaborating and connecting with Aalto talent. We also serve Aalto University and all lifewide learners by sharing research-based insights and inspiring dialogue on the sustainable and inclusive future of careers.

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!


Career Design for Students

Career design is an experimental approach for creating a meaningful career path in the constantly changing world of work.

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Career Design for Alumni

The future of work calls for experimentation and lifewide learning for designing a meaningful career path.

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Employer collaboration

Creative forms of collaboration for leading the future of work

Corporate collaboration

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

Upcoming events

Guest Talk tapahtumakuva
Online event

Guest talk: Ivan Zubarev "Convolutional Neural Networks for decoding electromagnetic brain activity"

Dr. Ivan Zubarev from the Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering (Aalto University) will give a guest talk at the course CS-EJ3311 Deep Learning with Python.
Online event

Semantic Web 20 Years in Finland Jubilee

This seminar reviews the 20-year-old history and future of the Semantic Web internationally and in Finland.
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Lectures and seminars

Better Business — Better Society Seminar: Do diversity and inclusion make better business and a better society?

Better Business — Better Society Seminar Series offers opportunities to learn about and discuss current societally important topics monthly.
Aalto Talent Expo 2021
Exhibitions and fairs

Aalto Talent Expo 2021

Aalto Talent Expo contact & recruitment fair will be organized in Otahalli on the 11th of November 2021. Virtual fair activities will be available between 9th - 10th of November.

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

Head of Career Design Lab 

Kirsi LaPointe

Career Design Education & Coaching

Ulla Eskola

Career Design & Future Dialogues 

Aila Saloranta

Career Design, Advising & Coaching

Riitta Kontio

Employer Collaboration 

Susanna Ritala

Alumni life-wide learning and community development

Kaisa Hölttä

Mentoring & alumni volunteering

Kaisa Paasivirta

International Talent Programme

Riikka Heinonen

Data-driven development and career monitoring

Hanna Wikström

Career Design Lab marketing

Ville Hakulinen

Aalto Talent Expo & Summer Job Day

Tanja Makkonen

Career Design (School of Business)

Fiona Jokivuolle

Alumni Relations (School of Business)

Milja Koski

Employer Collaboration (School of Business)


Iines Veistola
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School of Business alumni story: Iines Veistola

‘My current job offers me exactly the things that I enjoyed most in school too: I get to learn something new every day, study all kinds of phenomena and constantly challenge myself.’ reflects Iines Veistola, School of Business alumna.
Tiina ja Ari Mäkelä Ekonominaukiolla. Kuva: Roope Kiviranta
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School of Business donor stories: Tiina and Ari Mäkelä

'It is wonderful that both Aalto University and the School of Business are both so exceptionally forward-looking.'
Lisa Schröder
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School of Business donor stories: Lisa Schröder

‘May Aalto University remain this forward thinking, empowering and ever evolving institution that I got the privilege to attend!’
Kati Ovaska
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School of Business alumni story: Kati Ovaska

I would argue that there is no better start to your career than being an associate in audit practice says Kati Ovaska who has had multiple work opportunities within the company after graduation. EY encourages people to take the steering wheel of their career: 'Your career, it’s yours to build'.

Advancement and Corporate Engagement (ADCO)

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

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For alumni

Nearly 45 000 alumni from 80 countries are already members of the Aalto University alumni network. Our alumni are all who have graduated from Aalto University as well as all our exchange students. You can join the alumni network already as a student – a warm welcome!

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