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. Career Design Lab shares 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

European Researchers' Night 2022
Online event

European Researchers' Night: Unite! smart cities – by and for the citizens

On European Researchers' Night the Unite! alliance and Aalto University invite you to learn about the transition to sustainable and climate-neutral cities by 2030.
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Lectures and seminars

Farwell lecture of Professor of Urban and Regional planning, Kimmo Lapintie

Farewell lecture of Professor of Urban and Regional planning Kimmo Lapintie
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Lectures and seminars

Health Talks: Founder, Entrepreneur, Licensee

Comparing alternative paths toward research commercialization
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Lectures and seminars

Better Business — Better Society Seminar:”Mihin nyt kannattaisi sijoittaa?”

The Better Business — Better Society seminar series offers our collaborators, supporters, and alumni opportunities to learn about and discuss current societally important topics.

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

Career Design (School of Business)


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New master’s students gathered to network at the Welcome Evening event

The alumni provided valuable tips for studies and finding employment
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Aalto University brings international talent to Finland: Leonidas Karavanas strengthens the competence of Bayer's Espoo unit

Studies in Industrial Engineering and Management and participating in study project courses led Leonidas Karavanas' way to Bayer.
School of Business alumna Aigerim Nukekova in the forest.
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Alumna Aigerim Nukenova: Student Business Project was a valuable and beneficial experience for me

Our alumna Aigerim Nukenova studied in the Information and Service Management master’s programme, and now works as a Data Analyst at Fixably. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and sauna, and jogging in nature.
Tomi Nyman.
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Alumnus Tomi Nyman: Sales business is consultative and creative problem solving

Tomi Nyman, who works as National Manager at Hilti, says that social skills and mentality for continuous learning are the most important skills in today’s working life. That’s why the understanding of how I learn is the single most important lesson learnt at university. Nyman’s study combination, Management as a major and Finance as a minor, is especially useful in his current position.

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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