Career Planning course 1130007, 2cp

1130007 Career planning – seeking a job or traineeship in Finland 2 ECTS

Career and Counselling Services offers an online course on career planning.

The course aims to give you the tools for career planning and successful application for jobs and/or traineeships.

The key code to the Moodle course is ‘job seeking‘.

Learn​ing outcomes

After successful completion of the course, the student will be expected to have the following information and skills:

  1. The rules of the Finnish world of work and job seeking from the point of view of an international applicant
  2. The ability to recognise your skills and strengths; knowledge and skills required when working in your own field
  3. The ability to find information about the employment options and to use various channels of information to find out about potential jobs and traineeships – The ability to analyse job advertisements and to produce personalised application documents with attention to the employer’s needs
  4. The ability to prepare for a job interview
  5. The ability to assess what the information received during the course means for you as a job seeker, and to further develop your job seeking skills to promote successful employment


The Finnish world of work: You will get to know the Finnish work culture and rules that apply in the world of work. The materials provide you information on the necessary permits, employment contracts, minimum wage and social security, among other things.

Knowledge of yourself and survey of your own skills: You will find your strengths and be able to define your competencies. You will learn how an online portfolio provides a way to “evidence” to an employer of your accomplishments, skills, and abilities.

Work opportunities in your own field: You will survey the tasks or jobs best suited for you. You will also take a look at the employment status of graduates from the University of Eastern Finland, particularly from your own field.

Seeking a job: You will learn about the various channels and phases of seeking a job. You will learn to analyse job advertisements, prepare personalised application documents and prepare for a job interview. You will get an introduction to job seeking in social media.

Learning assignment: Complete the learning assignment and submit it to your instructor. The assignment will help you get to know Finnish employment services. You will focus particularly on the channels of employment typical of your own field, such as professional publications or social media. You will learn to analyse job advertisements and to write personalised application documents that meet employers’ needs. Please notice, that you will get the credits only AFTER you have got your learning assignment done and accepted.

Assessment of skills and feedback for the course: In this part it is the time to assess whether you have achieved the targets for the course and which sections you should learn more about to gain a deeper understanding of them. How do you intend to achieve the targets that require more work? When you have submitted the learning assignment and assessment of your skills, visit WebOodi to give feedback on the course.

Modes o​f study

The course consists of independent work only. The materials and exercises are targeted to international students who wish to have support in finding a job or traineeship in Finland. During the course, the term ‘job seeking’ will be generally used to refer to both of these.

The materials and exercises are available in the university’s online learning environment, Moodle. It is possible for the student to contact the instructor of the course via Moodle by using the “Questions for the instructor”-tool.

For the students, who want to take the credits, the instructor of the course will register the student to Oodi and give the credits AFTER the student has submitted and got accepted the course assignment in the course Moodle. The required assignment that must be submitted to the instructor, is explained in the Moodle in part ‘Learning assignment’. A possibility to use interactive tools to strengthen the ability to present competencies and get feedback how to feed the needs of the work markets is also available for the students who want to take the credits.

The due days are 23.11.2018, 22.2.2019, and 17.5.2019. After these days the instructor gives the feedback about the submitted assignment, and the ects., if accepted.

Evalua​​tion criteria

The course will be evaluated based on the learning assignment and the self-evaluation.

The scale to be used is Pass/To be supplemented/Fail.

A passed assignment indicates that the student has understood the subject matter and formed a good grasp of its applicability to seeking a job in Finland.


Career Counselor Janne Saarela, Kuopio Campus, janne.saarela[at]

Joini​ng the Moodle course

The easiest way to search for the right course is by using the “Search course”-tool on Moodle with a search word Career planning. The key to the course is job seeking. You need the key for signing up to the course for the first time.

Target ​​​group

International students interested in job seeking and career planning in the Finnish context.


Joensuu and Kuopio.

Additional inf​ormation

International students interested in job seeking and career planning in the Finnish context.

The language of instruction is English.