• Steps in my career path

    You can view and browse the 'Steps in my Career Path' course material here. Unfortunately you cannot do activities or assignments in this open version. In case your institution or organization needs an own intallation of this course, you can order a free Moodle backup package of this course by email: The Moodle main user in your institution can then unpack the material into your own Moodle learning environment.


    During this course you will gain a deeper understanding of your own strengths, and also become familiar with the skills requirements in your profession.
    You will enhance your career planning skills in the context of your lifelong learning. 
    You will learn to search for information and support that will develop your career planning skills according to your individual needs. 
    You will also receive information, training and support for improving your job-hunting skills.  

    Welcome to take steps on your career path!

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    Finnish working life

    Finnish society and working life is based very much on trust. Equality and openness are values to be treasured. It is little bit as in a sauna. In the traditional Finnish sauna everybody is as they are – formal title and status are not so important.

    Know-how, attitude and contribution are more relevant. Honesty, punctuality and equality are appreciated in Finland. This shows in all Finnish culture, including working life.

    Contrary to some other countries, Finnish youth start working part-time or during summers already at the age of 15 - 18 and many Finnish students work alongside their studies, also in positions that are not related to their field of study (cleaners, cashiers ect.). So remember that in Finland any work experience is good experience. Entry-level jobs will serve as a stepping-stone to more demanding positions. Learning the Finnish language also helps enormously.

    In Finnish working life it is common that not all positions are publicly advertised. It is very important to start building your professional network already when you are a student. Asking for a certificate of employment is essential after the termination of your employment. There are some small projects with real companies included in your studies as well, make sure you can get a certificate or you can include these in your CV. Be active and grab every opportunity.

    If you plan to work or be an entrepreneur in Finland, you will usually need a residence permit. When you are applying for a residence permit in order to work in Finland, you should notice that there are specific residence permit applications for certain types of work. If you are a citizen of an EU Member State, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you do not need a residence permit for Finland, but you must nonetheless register your right of residence. Please read more on the Finnish Immigration Services website:

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    This course was created by:

    Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK): Maija Joensuu (Project manager), Antti Haapio, Mirja Kopra, Teija Lehto, Ville Nevalainen, Marita Tuomala. Illustrations by Trevor Ngeny (media student at TAMK).

    Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK): Irmeli Lignell

    Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK): Marjut Asunmaa, Tarja Knuuttila, Kirsi Paavola, Suzana Zegrea

    Humak University of Applied Sciences (Humak): Katja Munter, Hanna Putkonen-Kankaanpää, Jari Klemola

    Thank you Maria Halinen and Kalle Tarikka, students from TAMK music, for reading aloud so many of the texts.

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