Career Services for International Students
Why should you ACT EARLY?
According to studies and a recent student business project run by the School, having prior work experience and/or networks in Finland is essential for our international students to land a job or start a business in Finland. Finnish students most likely already have experience of working in Finland and relevant networks, so you may have some catching up to do.
To be able to build the networks and gain work experience, you need to ACT EARLY - preferably already before you start your studies - for example by familiarizing yourself with the Finnish working life from online sources. From the very beginning of your studies, start to actively use the services provided by our School's Career Services.
The aim of this page is to help you, our international student, by giving you tips and highlighting some of the services that we find particularly relevant to you.
However, we recommend that you also check out all of our services, which you can find here: Career Services for School of Business students | Aalto University.
In a nutshell, what should you do?
- Be active: use the services, attend different kind of events or student union activities and learn about the Finnish working life
- Network: get to know your fellow students and attend events with companies and alumni, participate in recruitment events
- Get work experience: apply for an internship or a summer job
- If in doubt: contact Career Services and ask for help! ([email protected])
If you are wondering about the timing and how to plan your career planning, please visit this site (requires Aalto login): Prepare for Your Future Career | Aalto University
Important Services for International Students
Below we have listed some recurring and ongoing events and initiatives that we recommend especially for our international students. In addition to these, the Career Services organises regularly also other events especially targeted to international students. Those can be found in JobTeaser Events, so remember to check it out actively!
Link to JobTeaser Events (requires authentication with Aalto credentials): Events (jobteaser.com).
Finland Works -course
We recommend all international students to take the Finland Works -course and get familiar with Finnish working life. Once you have finished this course you will have a better understanding of work culture in Finland, what working in a Finnish company is like, how individuals find work-life balance in Finland, how to communicate your skills, and how to look for jobs in Finland. This is an open online course.
Aalto University Mentoring Programme
The Mentoring Programme offers invaluable opportunities for networking and gaining information about Finnish working life. Apply for the Mentoring Programme and find a meaningful direction for your career! Mentors are mainly Aalto University graduates, our alumni. The program runs yearly and the application period is usually in September-October.
Aalto International Talent Program
Aalto International Talent Program is a group mentoring and networking initiative designed to support our international students' careers. The program brings together international Master's and Doctoral students and Finnish companies. The program runs yearly and the application period is usually in October-November.
Aalto Talent Expo & Summer Job Fairs
By attending the events you can gain valuable networking opportunities and learn about the Finnish companies and available job or internship opportunities.
How to find the right companies? Employers, that can hire also non-Finnish speaking students are marked with a special en-sign at our fair and listed at the event web page and in flyers.
Read more about Aalto Talent Expo: For students | Aalto University
Read more about Summer Job Day: Summer Job Day -event | Aalto University
Personal Job Search Coaching
You can book a time for a personal Job Search coaching session with Career Services advisors. We can discuss about career opportunities, finetune your CV or Cover Letter or for example help with preparing for an interview. We can meet online or at the Otaniemi campus.
Book a time in JobTeaser (requires authentication with Aalto credentials): Appointments / JobTeaser.
Internship Support for Internships in Finland
Our Internship Support Programme provides funding to micro, small and medium sized companies, non-profit organizations and state organizations in Finland for employing School of Business International Degree Students as interns. The aim of the support is to give international degree students an advantage in finding employment in Finland.
For more information: BIZ Foreign Degree Student's Internship Support Programme for Internships in Finland
Aalto JobTeaser is the main career hub for Aalto University students. You can use the service as soon as you receive the aalto credentials. You can find in JobTeaser:
- Job portal, where you can find job and internship ads that are suitable for Aalto University students
- Event calendar, where you can find all Career Services events
- Job Search Guide, where you can find a lot of important information to help you in searching or starting a job in Finland. For example information about how to write a CV or cover letter in Finland or succeed in a job interview, employment contracts, links to international job portals, training videos and much more.
- Personal Job Search Coaching appointments, book a time with Career Services adviser to discuss about your career or job search
- Companies, get to know Aalto University partner organisations and many more
Link to Aalto JobTeaser (requires authentication with Aalto credentials):
Get to know our services
Linh Nguyen: I think the best thing about the future is that it is filled with endless possibilities
Linh Nguyen started her intership as a fresh graduate from International Business program at Aalto Mikkeli. She worked there for three months in the Marketing and Communications team of MyData Events and Services
Karol Lukaszewski came to Finland to study Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at Aalto University. His journey in Rovio Entertainment started in May 2021 with a position of Performance Marketing Trainee. The traineeship period lasted for 4 months, but the journey continues as he was soon offered a permanent full-time Performance Marketing Specialist position.
Phuong Nguyen started her marketing internship at EFLA Oy as a third-year International Business student in Häme University of Applied Sciences, and has been working there ever since. Currently she works as a Sales & Marketing Manager at EFLA Oy and is also pursuing her Master’s degree in People Management and Organizational Development at Aalto University School of Business.