Career and competence development

Aalto University offers a wide variety of training and development solutions for personal and professional growth at each stage of your career.
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Highly competent and motivated people who are committed to the university's objectives form the foundation of our success. We actively support the career and competence development of our staff by creating opportunities for career advancement, flexible job rotation or moving on to a parallel career.

Developing and sharing academic competence are the principle missions of universities. Aalto encourages the academic personnel to create new information and especially to share competence and expertise in both Aalto and the society in general.

Aalto University has defined the essential common competencies that enable realising the principle missions. Examples of these competencies are leading and management skills, project management, pedagogical competence, service competence, interaction and communication skills as well as competencies related to internationalisation.

The supervisor decides on his/her employees participation to training organised by Aalto or outside provider. The supervisor is also responsible of the training costs. However, the budget allocated to trainings is under the discretion of the head of unit.

The competence development at Aalto is based on the 70/20/10 model:

  • 70% of learning takes place on the job, in other words learning through experience and self-reflection,for instance, gaining more responsibility, handling projects or job rotation.
  • 20% is learning from others, for example throughfeedback, mentoring, coaching and team and pair work.
  • 10% is learning in formal settings,such as on courses, seminars or using self-study materials.
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Personnel training

Aalto University offers dozens of courses and other development opportunities to its staff members every year. See our available personnel training.

Further information

For further information on the common principles of competence development, please contact [email protected]


Staff training

Staff training is one way to develop expertise, together with on-the-job learning and peer learning. You will find upcoming training events in Workday Learning application.


My Dialogues

Aalto's guide to one-on-one meetings for academic and service personnel with their supervisors.

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More information

Human Resource (HR) services contact details

Contact details to Human Resources (HR) services for Joint University services as well as for HR units at Schools and Departments.

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HR Services

Human Resource Services support your work and managerial duties at Aalto. We are available to help at every stage of the employment relationship. On this page you can find links to employment related information and contact information of the HR Services.

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Competence development index

Personnel training & development, My Dialogues and more

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