In the Alumni Ambassador programme experienced alumni help students get employed. The alumni answer questions about important professional skills, useful studies and help students polish their CV. All alumni work pro bono.
With the help of the Alumni Ambassador program you are able to contact Alumni Ambassadors, that is, alumni of the University of Helsinki who want to help students find work. Registering is free for students and does not require membership in the Alumni Association.
1. Register as a student for the Alumni Ambassador program with the link below
3. Wait for approval and further information from the Alumni Office
As an Alumni Ambassador you are in contact with current students and help them get employed.
1. Volunteer as an Alumni Ambassador with the link below
3. Wait for approval and instructions given by the Alumni Office
FACULTY OF THEOLOGY
Alumna in Theology, Karoliina Pakkanen, Education Officer, University of Helsinki Faculty of Law, LinkedIn profile
"My strenghts are in professions unrelated to the church or teaching. I can also discuss how to develop your skillset."
Alumna in Theology, Sari Vapaavuori, LinkedIn profile
FACULTY OF LAW
Alumnus in Law, Taisto Hujala, CEO, Hujala Law, LinkedIn profile
"My strenghts are juridical knowledge and negotiation, performance, training and writing skills. I have also had a long career in the finance field."
FACULTY OF ARTS
Alumna in Musicology, Helen Metsä, Back Office and Project Coordinator, StillArt Oy, LinkedIn profile
"I'd be happy to discuss career possibilities for generalists and to share my excperiences using social media as a tool when searching for a job."
Alumna in French Filology, Katju Helminen, HR specialist, LinkedIn profile
"My strength is my international career."
"I can especially help with questions related to work in organizations."
FACULTY OF SCIENCE
Alumnus in Georaphy, Teemu Hentunen, Graduate Affairs Alumni Analyst, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, LinkedIn profile
"I am ready to help especially in relation to questions about international careers."
Alumna in Computer Science, Laura Karhu, UX Designer, Tori.fi, LinkedIn profile
"Haluan rohkaista erityisesti naisia (mutta myös kaikkia muita) it-alalla, että kaikille löytyy sopiva osa-alue teknisestäkin maailmasta."
FACULTY OF MEDICINE
FACULTY OF BIOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
Alumna in Biochemistry, Carmela Kantor-Aaltonen, Director, Finnish Bioindustries, Senior Advisor, Kemianteollisuus ry, LinkedIn profile
"I've had a long career in both the university and in the third sector and am willing to share the experience I've gained. I have an outlook on what kind of skills employers are looking for."
FACULTY OF EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES
FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
Alumnus in Philosophy, Ville Tura, Head of Marketing, KTC Finland Oy, LinkedIn profile
"A lot of students in their final stages might have doubts whether their studies will be useful in their career or not. I can also help by reading and commenting CVs and application letters."
Alumnus in Economics, Uki Lammi, Global Concept Lead, Nordea Markets, LinkedIn profile
"My strenghts as a professional are in finance: banks and Markets. I also have experience of management consulting."
Alumna in Economics, Eeva Toivonen, ESG Analyst, Kuntarahoitus Oyj, LinkedIn-profiili
"Olen perehtynyt erityisesti kestävän rahoituksen, vastuullisen sijoittamisen, yhteiskuntavastuun, yritysvastuun ja kestävän kehityksen teemoihin. Autan mielelläni ketä tahansa myös esimerkiksi henkilöbrändäyksen kysymyksissä."
FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY
FACULTY OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
Alumna in Veterinary Medicine, Tuula Honkanen-Buzalski, Senior Advisor, TLBona Oy, LinkedIn profile
"I can give advice regarding leadership, specialist and researcher positions"
SWEDISH SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
As a member of the University of Helsinki Alumni Association you are able to volunteer to share your experiences with current or newly graduated students from the university.
Alumni Ambassadors give feedback on students CVs and LinkedIn profiles and help them make connections to apply for work. The Ambassadors also answer simple questions that students might have regarding work or skills needed in a certain field of work.
The Alumni Ambassadors are volunteers and give recommendations based on their own experience and knowledge.
In Finland we are challenged by the fact that young people with an academic degree are not always employed to the optimal position to which their education would make possible. The alumni are highly motivated to help the current students to be employed.
The Alumni Ambassadors program is a process for the supply and demand to meet in an efficient way even if the alumnus and the students do not have the possibility to meet face to face.
The endgoal is, that students and young alumni at the University of Helsinki will find employment better, faster, and more accurately to positions that are optimal in regards to their education.
HYA Alumni Ambassador video
Students apply to the Alumni Associations closed LinkedIn group where the Alumni Ambassadors are already registered. On this page you'll find examples of volunteering alumni who you can contact by sending a specific LinkedIn message that you receive after registration. Register here as a student.
The Alumni Association has developed a process whereby the Ambassadors recognize the messages that are sent by the students. We have also developed the tools by which the Ambassadors can announce in their LinkedIn profile that they are willing to help. Register as an alumnus here.
There is a process by which we can make sure that none of the Alumni Ambassadors is overloaded with help requests. The Alumni Office processes all additional requests made by the students. The Alumni Association has an active middleman role and work as facilitator to support the Alumni Ambassador program.
Visit the University of Helsinki Alumni Association Company Page and apply to the closed LinkedIn group
Alumni: If you haven’t applied for membership in the Alumni Association, you need to do it first here
Students: current students at the University of Helsinki can join the closed LinkedIn group for free to find Alumni Ambassadors
Membership status and student status will be confirmed by the University of Helsinki Alumni Association.