Aalto University

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, Advising & Coaching
 Susanna Saarinen

Susanna Saarinen

Career Design Coaching & JobTeaser
 Kaisa Paasivirta

Kaisa Paasivirta

International Talent Programme
 Riitta Kontio

Riitta Kontio

Employer Collaboration 
 Susanna Ritala

Susanna Ritala

Alumni Lifewide Learning & Community Development
 Kaisa Hölttä

Kaisa Hölttä

Mentoring & Alumni Volunteering
 Riikka Heinonen

Riikka Heinonen

Data-Driven Development & Career Monitoring
 Niina Virtanen

Niina Virtanen

International Students, Diversity & Inclusion

Hanna Wikström (on leave)

Career Design Lab marketing

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)


Risto Siilasmaa. Kuva: WithSecure
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Risto Siilasmaa, an entrepreneur at heart, encourages students to make an impact

Aalto Alumnus Risto Siilasmaa spoke to students taking part in Aalto International Talent programme, encouraging them to make an impact in the world.
Michael Hanf in his work.
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Alumnus Michael Hanf: Finland provides a great place to live and work

‘Helsinki caught my attention as it was different from the typical locations my fellow students selected.’ says Michael Hanf who came to do exchange studies at the then Helsinki School of Economics in the end of 1990s. After that he has been working in Finland and Germany and currently is the co-founder of Taival Advisory, helping clients to consider sustainability and circularity in their strategic decision making.
Mikko Jääskeläinen
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Alumnus Mikko Jääskeläinen: Studying at the School of Business has opened many professional doors

Our alumnus Mikko Jääskeläinen, who majored in Creative Sustainability and also studied finance, ended up working in management consulting after graduation. While in that position, he became fascinated by transport and real estate infrastructure projects, which led him to a job involving urban economy and land use general planning for the City of Helsinki, and from there, a position at the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The best parts of his job are the interesting tasks and his knowledgeable colleagues.
Team Revontuli. Picture: CSC.
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Finnish student team Revontuli took the third place in an international student supercomputer competition

CSC fielded Finland's first team in the international Student Cluster Competition (SCC), whose final was held in November 4-6.
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Advancement and Corporate Engagement (ADCO)

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

LIBER workshop 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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