Career Design Lab

Career Design Lab is a collaboration and learning space for designing meaningful work and careers based on the Nordic values of equality, sustainability and wellbeing.


Career design thinking offers a fresh perspective to prepare for the future of work and unpredictable career paths. It starts with your purpose, emphasizes ideation and collaboration and uses a continuously adapting, experimental approach.

Let’s co-create a sustainable and meaningful future of work!


Career design for Aalto students

Career design emphasizes a continuously adapting, experimental learning approach.

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Career design for Aalto Alumni

We offer several options to help you keep learning and design work that matters to you

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Photo: Unto Rautio

What is career design?

The transformation of work will have a profound impact on career tracks and opportunities over the coming years. 

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Upcoming events

Lectures and seminars (recurring)

Machine Learning Coffee Seminar

Weekly seminars organized by Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI)
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Lectures and seminars

Brain & Mind Computational Seminar

A monthly seminar and venue for informal conversation about topics such as artificial intelligence, neuroscience, human behaviour, and digital humanities. Welcome!
Online event

AQP Seminar: Floquet moiré engineering

Aalto Quantum Physics Seminars (Zoom). Speaker: Dr Gabriel E. Topp (Aalto University, Department of Applied Physics)
Lectures and seminars (recurring)

Machine Learning Coffee Seminar

Weekly seminars organized by Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI)

Articles related to career design


Aalto International Talent Programme kicked off remotely

Aalto International Talent Programme is an initiative bringing together Aalto University’s international students and Finnish companies.


Aalto Alumni Agents

Every Aalto University alumnus is as welcome to the Aalto community as they were on their very first study day. As an Alumni Agent, you'll find new and exciting ways to be part of the Aalto community and learn something new. Welcome back - we've been waiting for you!

For alumni
Joonas Kuronen

Joonas Kuronen: Becoming a CEO during a pandemic

When the recruiter asked Joonas Kuronen's interest in becoming CEO of Foodora, he didn't need to think twice.

For alumni

News related to career design

Svitlana Chaplinska sitting with her laptop and smiling towards the camera in a futuristic, round and red chair integrated to the wall at Aalto University campus.
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DBMC Alumna Svitlana Chaplinska: ‘The course exceeded all my expectations'

The spring edition of the Digital Business Master Class by Aalto University Summer School took place in March this year.
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A meaningful career at the center of career events

Aalto University School of Business alumni and students discussed studies, career paths and skills required in working life at an online Group Mentoring event held on 11 March 2021.
School of Business alumni Bryan Mertanen and Juha Liila
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Groups of students sitting in work lounge inside the School of Business / Photo by Aalto University, Mikko Raskinen
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Better to do things you like than to do something you must

Alumni and students discussed career paths, work and studies at a Group Mentoring event organised by Aalto University School of Business on 18 November.

Career Design Lab roles

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

Advancement and Corporate Engagement (ADCO)

We offer opportunities for collaboration and partnerships with Aalto University to companies and other organizations in research, teaching and recruitment. We develop alumni activities and build relationships with donors. We actively seek donations from companies, foundations, individuals and cities.

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Two Aalto University alumni walks outside under a red Aalto umbrella

For alumni

An active and international community.

Nearly 45 000 alumni from 80 countries are already members of the Aalto University alumni network. As a member of the network, you get research news, contacts from different fields and multiple opportunities for self-development.

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!

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