Career planning

Career and Counselling Services offers an online course on Career Planning 113007.

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

Learning 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.

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.

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.

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 of study

The course consists of independent work only. The materials and exercises are directed at 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.

Evaluation criteria

If you wish to gain the credits for the course, please contact course instructor Mr. Janne Saarela, There is one assignment that must be submitted to the instructor. 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 Counsellor Janne Saarela, Kuopio Campus, janne.saarela[at]

Joining 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, Kuopio and Savonlinna.

Additional information

The language of instruction is English.

Career Planning 113007 on WebOodi