Aalto University offers coaching to support employees and doctoral students in managing their work better.
Coaching and guidance of work training meeting / Photographer Unto Rautio


Coaching is a collaborative process in which coaches help participants to develop in terms of personal and professional potential, as well as to clarify ways of improving self-leadership.

Coaching organized by Aalto HR Services:

  • Career coaching for doctoral students
    • More information about career coaching and services for doctoral students from Aalto Career Guide.
  • Coaching to develop work practices of research groups is open to interested research groups at Aalto.

The range of coaching offered varies from year to year depending on need. Coaching provided centrally by Aalto University is free of charge for participants. In addition, different units can organize coaching on the basis of their specific needs


Coaching is carried out by external coaches from outside Aalto who have solid experience with regard to the challenges in an academic environment and work context.

Career coaching for doctoral students is offered by coaches from within Aalto University who have been trained specifically for this purpose.


Work-counselling focuses on examining, assessing, and developing one’s own work. It is suitable for anyone who is interested in exploring their work and developing as an employee, for example, when starting in a new role. Work-counselling is also well-suited for project groups and teams.  

Aims of work-counseling include for example:

  • Support professional development.
  • Offer new perspectives on work.
  • Support in managing change situations and new roles.  
  • Develop capabilities to handle conflicting interests and difficult situations at work.
  • Help in work management.
  • Alleviate pressure from work demands.
  • Increase self-knowledge and team members’ common understanding.
  • Improve team collaboration, interaction, and work atmosphere.

The aims are always agreed upon together with the participants at the start of the work-counseling process.


The work-counselors are either external coaches from outside Aalto or staff members with training in work-counseling.


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Mentorointiryhmä pöydän ääressä / Kuvaaja Unto Rautio

Mentoring for employees

Aalto offers mentoring to its staff, which gives new viewpoints and tools for professional development, work and balanced living. Read more about mentoring programmes organised by Aalto HR services. Get more details about mentoring programme, open mentoring programme for Aalto employees and joint mentoring programme with external organisations and companies.

This service is provided by:

HR Services

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