You will gain information, skills and capabilities over the course of your studies, and these will become knowledge
Working life skills will be developing constantly throughout your studies – sometimes without you even noticing. Independent essays and theses will expand your knowledge, giving you more in-depth knowledge of certain areas than your fellow students.
Career planning is a set part of HOPS work. You can also gain knowledge through other forms of study, such as group work, tasks requiring independent information gathering, seminar presentations and written reports. Working life goes hand in hand with study themes – exploring and analysing social phenomena from different perspectives, for example.
When planning your studies, you are also planning your future career
Moving from studying to working life can feel like a major change for many. It can often be easier to think about the future after graduation in small chunks, now and then at different stages of your studies, perhaps for an ‘academic quarter’ from time to time.
- To help with this, you can consult your degree programme’s teaching or guidance staff.
- Degree programmes’ HOPS guidance provides places where you can think about and weigh up your own plans in terms of what you want from the future.
- The University’s Group Guidance page (only available in Finnish) provides up-to-date details of sources of information and groups to support you with career planning.
- You can also visit the shared career planning pages of the Network of University Career and Recruitment Services – identify your skill-set, strengths and labour markets, and make your plans into a reality.
Familiarising yourself with learning outcomes as a way to identify your own skills
The learning outcomes of courses can help you to piece together and identify what you’ve learnt. What are the objectives of the course, and what about the broader module as a whole, and how can I achieve them? Often, you will find that your learning has gone far deeper than what was covered by the course itself. In addition to learning about the target phenomenon, you may have learnt about how certain factors can be studied, what relevance they have as a part of the overall whole, and how these observations can be expanded to other, similar, phenomena.
There is plenty of information available about future opportunities, from a wide range of sources – make the most of it!
There are many sources of content at the University, and you can make use of these when broadening your ideas about the opportunities your own future will bring.
Employment days and events organised by your own student association and degree programme allow you access to career cases and job descriptions from different sectors. Visiting lecturers, drawing on their experiences, and fellow students who have already entered the world of work can help you explore different perspectives on events in the surrounding society. When interacting, your conception of society and the different players and functions within it expands as you examine your own thoughts.
Your choices as material for building knowledge
There are many ways to find and explore your own interests outside university, at the same time as making individual choices that are right for you whilst studying. For example, by following print and online media on topics of your choosing, engaging in hobbies, partaking in voluntary activities or taking on summer/part-time work, you can gain perspectives and even experience of areas, jobs or customer groups that interest you.
Grassroots-level experience is often invaluable when developing the same activities later, in an expert role. The knowledge can often be applied well in different jobs, and at some stage you might find that your own future dream job lies in a sector or with an employer whose existence you weren’t even aware of at the start of your studies.