When alumni were asked what skills are particularly needed in working life, Jaki Taalas, our alumnus of corporate law, commented: ‘Of course, the substance knowledge in my own field in tax law is extremely important, and so is the case in other fields, too. But in addition to that, the general skills such as problem-solving skills are essential. For example, case exercises in studies help to develop these skills.’
‘Structuring a large amount of information and presenting and summarizing it in a way that is understandable to others, for example in presentations, are very important skills. I would also recommend attending courses that develop your argumentation skills, such as negotiation or debate courses. I recommend using your study time to develop these skills.’ mentions our economics alumna Aurora Aranko.
However, the social life of the student days should not be forgotten, and related to this, the alumni shared their most memorable experiences of student life. ‘It’s not worth pushing through studies and leaving all the social life aside, it’s worth spending time on that too. Memories of student activities are often the most memorable ones of the study time, even after years,’ says Harri Ikonen, our management alumnus.
The students who attended the event gave good feedback, especially on the alumni activity and tips. ‘The best thing about the event was the alumni's stories about their career path and the significance of their major subject and studies to it,’ said one student. ‘The brief info on business graduates’ placement in working life was also good,’ commented another student.
Career events and sustainable career design
The School of Business organizes many career events and, for example, group mentoring events every year. The Welcome Evening event for new master’s students is coming up in September, with registration opening in August. All career events can be found in the Events section of JobTeaser (only with aalto login). In addition, the new Aalto University Career Design Lab helps both students and alumni to design a meaningful and sustainable career based on the values of equality, sustainability and well-being. Workshops for alumni can be found at Aalto Alumni Circle (requires logging in).
School of Business alumni who participated in the Meet Your Community event:
Management & International Business
Harri Ikonen, MuleSoft
Marika Määttä, Combient
Julianna Alanne, Smartly.io
Markus Helaniemi, TBWA
Information & Service Management
Miikka Kataja, Combient Foundry
Heini Hyttinen, Nordic Healthcare Group
Aurora Aranko, Paulig
Teemu Riipi, Nordic Healthcare Group
Karoliina Kajova, Kuntarahoitus Oyj
Ari Piik, Wolt
Kaisu Hienonen, Advania Finland
Eerik Klemetti, Korkia
Jaki Taalas, PwC Finland
Laura Lahdenperä, EY
Senior Manager, Career Services
Coordinator, Alumni Relations