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Career guidance

At Centria, our aim is to support the development of the student’s general and professional working life skills, in order to meet the demands of today’s working life.

Career planning and career guidance at Centria

Important elements in career guidance include the development of professional competence, participation in professional events in the student’s field of study, getting to know the local employment and business life and supporting the construction of the student’s career path.   

Employability and job seeking events are held year-round and students are encouraged to take part. Courses supporting employment and business co-operation are offered in a variety of ways, such as project studies and a thesis workshop. Information sessions about study opportunities after Bachelor studies are organised occasionally, especially during the application periods for postgraduate studies.

Career guidance during the study years

Career guidance is incorporated into studies and is supported and strengthened from the first academic year. Work-based projects, an RDI learning environment, practical training and thesis workshops help students find their own career path. Students are encouraged to make a portfolio of their skills that they can develop and grow during their studies. The objective is that the student learns to analyse his/her own skills and ability to work, learns to maintain awareness of their development and can articulate his/her competence and skills. 

During the first year, a student’s career guidance focuses especially on strengthening the studying skills and study ability. The Orientation to Studies course (tutor classes) for first-year students introduces what university studies include from different perspectives. The student also gets acquainted with the learning objectives and practical instructions of the practical training in his/her field.

Students also develop their own study skills, including teamworking skills, and learn to identify their own resources. The PSP discussion with the tutor teacher is an important part of the student’s career guidance. The PSP discussion will take place during the first, second and third year of studies. The student will discuss the different options of professional studies in the PSP discussion.

Career guidance is different fields

Practical training is an integral part of career development. It is recommended to complete the first practical training, called basic practical training of 10 ECTS after the first study year, especially in engineering and business degree programmes. The aim of the basic practical training is to develop working life skills and skills related to the field of study. The student learns about the requirements, realities and requirements of working life. The objective is to learn to identify and evaluate the current competences and to identify the development of competence while working. 

The practical training in Social work and Nursing is supervised and scheduled in the curriculum. The first work placement period (5-7 weeks) is usually done in the spring of the first Academic year. For nursing students, the work placement begins during the first year of study as learning basic nursing skills. The objective is to familiarise the students with practical work tasks that are important for professional studies, as well as the application of knowledge and skills in working life. Theoretical studies are applied in practice during supervised work placements. By way of their own choices, the student can acquire skills and in-depth understanding of a particular client group (e.g., the elderly), phenomenon or work method. Practical training is an unpaid, supervised, goal-oriented and assessed study.

During the second year, the student focuses on professional studies. In the second year’s PSP discussion, the key topics are the progress of the studies and a deeper peak and comprehension of the study field. In addition, the student gets acquainted with and completes the professional practical training in the student’s own field. The PSP discussion covers the student’s interests and career aspirations, as well as possible challenges to which the student is encouraged to find suitable solutions. 

Students are encouraged to network actively with working life. Centria organises several events during the academic year that provide an excellent opportunity to meet representatives of working life. Early networking helps students gain a broad view of job opportunities in their field, facilitates access to work placement in the desired company/workplace, and provides ideas for the final thesis. 

Professional practical training (10 ECTS) is recommended to be completed in the summer of the second year. The goals of the practical training are specified with the practical training supervisor. Multi-modal part-time students specify the objectives of practical training and how to complete it with the teacher tutor.

Career guidance is different fields

Professional tasks in the field, which also include leadership, design, research and/or product development tasks, are suitable as professional practical training for business and technology students. Practical training can also be completed abroad or in one’s own company when the work tasks are diverse and challenging. Practical training abroad entitles the student to receive either Erasmus+, Overseas or Nordlink (nursing) grants.

In the second year of study, nursing students become familiar with the care of patients and clients in internal medicine, surgery, and home care.  

If a student works in addition to the studies, he or she can utilise work experience in the studies, as accreditation of learning demonstrated in some other manner. The student can complete various projects in Centria’s RDI learning environment. Projects are available throughout the year.

In the third year, the final PSP discussion will take place with the objective of preparing the student for working life. The discussion elaborates on the student’s career opportunities and how the student can utilise and articulate his or her skills in working life.

The student completes the professional practical training period at the latest during the third year of studies. The objective of practical training is to be able to apply gained theoretical knowledge in practical work tasks in one’s own field. We heavily recommend also looking at the work community in terms of possible thesis topics and to consider the possibilities of linking the thesis to the development needs of the employer.  

In social work and nursing, the final semester includes advanced professional studies, which include practical training in addition to theoretical studies. The student chooses a practical training place where he or she can achieve the goals set for the advanced course. The students often find work opportunities after graduation from the place where they completed the final part of practical training. The third-year practical training is done by nursing students in acute care, childcare and psychiatric care. 

Students are encouraged to find a mentor from working life, with whom the student can reflect on professional development, clarify career opportunities and receive support from in their work and studies. Various courses or events on mentoring are organised throughout the year. 

It is recommended to connect the thesis work to practical training. The student has also the opportunity to receive guidance for the final stage of the studies from a peer group or one-on-one with a working life coach. The working life coach and the student prepare a graduation plan with set goals, in accordance with the student’s personal graduation plan. The student and the work life coach agree together on the type of guidance and monitoring of the process. Sign up for a peer group at skillscentria@centria.fi.

Working life coach

At the end of your studies you can get mentoring from working life coach Anni-Maija Viitasaarelta.

Anni-Maija Viitasaari

Asiantuntija (uraohjaaja)

0504772847

Kokkola


Career and recruitment service Centria Jobi

Centria Jobi is a new digital career and recruitment service which offers an easy and fast job search platform (Tiitus App) for students of Centria University of Applied Sciences. Centria Jobi service and Tiitus App are available and free of charge for both students and employers to use and create profiles. Students can create a profile in Centria Jobi as soon as they begin their studies. The job search platform is available via the mobile application or web browser, in English, Finnish and Swedish. 

Centria Jobi

Students create their own profile in the Tiitus App, which they can update during their studies. In their profiles, students add their education and experience, and they assess their own skills by adding keywords. They can also add a portfolio and LinkedIn link as well as pictures, and a short introduction video to their profiles.

Building your own portfolio

Building your own portfolio is important when you are looking for a job. With the portfolio, you can indicate your own abilities, know-how and experience for a potential employer. You can include samples of your previous work, project works, study material or samples of your hobbies and volunteer work. The portfolio can be used as a supplement of your CV and you can present your know-how with it.  

You should begin building your portfolio at the beginning of your studies. This way, you have concretely proved how your knowledge and know-how has developed. You should update your portfolio regularly. This also helps you evaluate your progress. You can also present your portfolio on social media, for example, by adding a link from your profile to your portfolio. You can also add the portfolio link to your CV and to your e-mail signature.  

Examples of different portfolios can be found here.

Working life skills

Working life skills are needed in studies, practical training and work. The most important working life skills include a good attitude, self-initiative, activity, interaction and job-seeking skills. It is good for a student to show that they are enthusiastic and willing to learn. All work experience takes you forwards and brings more experience.

Often employers emphasise that the employee should have the right attitude. All other skills can be built on top of the right mindset. With good social skills, you can go a long way too. The skill of getting along with different people is key to employment.

New doors can open on many different occasions. One important element of working life skills is self-initiative. Students should share their own ideas with class or co-workers, be active and ask for advice and help if necessary.

Teamwork skills are also emphasised in working life skills. In Centria, teamwork is practised on many courses. Students should consider how functional interactions are built and what other skills are required for successful teamwork. This helps to strengthen working life skills.

As a particularly important working life skill, employers raise punctuality. As a student, you should also note this in your own studies. Giving a good impression of oneself to the teacher by handing in tasks and arriving at lectures on time is worthwhile, since the teacher can be asked for recommendations on students for work assignments.

Various social situations are worth participating in, suggesting new ideas and asking for feedback. This is how you can learn, what you already know and are good at and where you can still develop. Problem-solving ability is needed in every job. You can experiment and look for different solutions.

RDI learning environment

The research, development and innovation (RDI) activities of Centria UAS are very versatile and top-ranked on a national scale.  

RDI activities create new information, know-how and technologies for the working life of the area. They also offer our students a great learning environment with different projects where teaching and RDI pursuits are combined.  

In the RDI learning environment, the student develops his/her own know-how in the projects that are made for real companies. The projects are chosen so that they will support the learning path of the student and increase their level of competence.  The aim is that the student can adapt the learnt information and deepen his/her know-how in practical projects. The student will learn what is it like to work on a project and how to develop in it.  

Students can get study credits from the project work and it is also possible to do practical training in some of the RDI projects. 

Centria’s RDI priorities:

Students can apply for the RDI learning environment throughout the academic year. You can send your informal application and CV to rnd.training@centria.fi.

Contact information

Questions regarding career guidance:

Jyrki Rajala

0408095380

Kokkola