Aalto Student Services psychologist group (study and career counselling psychologists) promotes the wellbeing of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral students in their academic studies and in their search for employment. For students, our most prominent service is individual counselling for studies and for career. Individual counselling is provided both by appointment and, at the Starting Point of Wellbeing, without appointment.
We also serve students directly through group counselling, lectures, workshops and producing material – such as online material and courses, videos and podcasts – to help with studying, job hunting, and promoting study-wellbeing. Some of our lectures and workshops are integrated into degree programme teaching for credit. We also offer student support in crisis situations affecting the community, such as the death of a student.
Our work for study-wellbeing also involves serving as experts in university workgroups and educating and giving consultations to Aalto staff, for example, by participating in quality assurance and development work via our study-wellbeing surveys. We also maintain networks with wellbeing actors and service providers outside of the Aalto and in other Finnish higher education institutions.
The work of the study and career counselling psychologists is a part of Aalto University’s overall study-wellbeing and guidance services. We supplement degree education, student advising and career services when special expertise for student support is needed. Much of our work revolves around the psychological obstacles to learning and finding career-path in a way supportive of wellbeing. The hindrances include emotional blocks, motivation issues, problems with self-leadership, and difficulty recognising one’s own strengths.
Healthcare practices such as diagnosing states of health and treating medical conditions is not included in the work of the study and career counselling psychologists. However, we understand how depression and ADHD, for example, can affect a student’s ability to study, and so we help students to cope with their studies and search for career-path at times when mental health issues and learning difficulties lower their ability. Aalto’s psychologists are certified by Valvira (Finland’s supervisory authority for health and welfare), and their work adheres to the professional ethical principles of the Finnish Psychological Association.
All together, we deliver psychological expertise to Aalto in order that an ever increasing number of students and doctoral thesis researchers may enjoy well-being - while learning and completing their studies in a way that is meaningful to them.