Guidance and counselling services offers you different options through which you may plan what kind of study opportunities there are for you to enhance and top-up your competence. Or, you may aim at starting a new study path or find ways to find employment in Finland.
Guidance and counselling aim at helping you to find the most suitable study and/or career paths for you. We will not give you any ready-made solutions, but the idea is to help you to acknowledge your own skills and competences. It also helps you to realise what are your strengths and weaknesses and in what areas you may need improvement or more studies to be ready to enter further studies or working-life.
You have various ways to receive guidance and counselling:
You may book a time for a personal guidance discussion in which we go through your previous studies and what kind of hopes and ideas you have for your future education and career. Guidance discussion is aimed at people with an immigrant background and who are eligible to apply for higher education, who have previous studies in higher education or have already completed a degree in higher education.
Book a time for personal guidance discussion by sending e-mail to simhe-info metropolia fi
Consider the following topics before coming to the discussion:
In Guidance Generalia, you will
Guidance Generalia lectures will be offered in Finnish and English. Other language options will be decided according to the enrolment information.
GUIDANCE GENERALIA LECTURES IN AUTUMN 2017
|Mon 21 August 2017
|Language studies offered via Metropolia:
OLS for Refugees - on-line language learning for immigrants
TOEFL language tests - preparatory course and TOEFL test in English language
Preparatory course for immigrants
|Enrolment has ended||Finnish
|Mon 18 September 2017
|Recognition of competences and self-development||Enrolment has ended||Finnish
|Mon 6 November 2017
|Finnish education system
Finnish higher education system
Applying for English-conducted Master's programmes 2018
|Ilmoittautuminen on päättynyt
|Mon 20 November 2017
Finnish education system
Enroll simhe-info metropolia fi
Mon 11 December 2017
| Recognition and international comparability of qualifications/Finnish National Agency for Education
The importance of recognising competences as part of integrating into the Finnish society
|Enroll by 7 December >>||Finnish
Guidance Generalia lectures are organised at Metropolia Bulevardi campus:
Bulevardi 31, 00180 Helsinki
Recognition of prior learning and competence aims at mapping what kind of skills and competence you have acquired through your previous studies in higher education and also through possible study-related work experience.
The main goal is to help you to integrate into Finnish society faster through recognising such skills and competence and thus also enhance your possibilities to enter to the labour market.
Competence is all that you have learned during your life. You may have gained it by working or studying, in school, or through hobbies. Competence doesn’t show merely in certificates from school, studies or work. Recognition of competence and prior learning may help you in getting back to studies or to start your own professional career. A variety of different methods,”tools”, are used recognising your competence. Your competence profile starts to build up through this recognition.
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We have organised the recognition of competences thrice: in spring 2016 in the field of technology and in autumn 2016 and spring 2017 in the fields of technology and business administration.
We offer Mapping of Competences in the field of technology and business in autumn 2017.
Enrolment for Mapping of Competences for autumn 2017 will be from 1 to 24 September.
ENROLMENT HAS ENDED. We will inform about the next enrolment in November 2017.
Who can participate?
You can take part in Mapping of Competences, if you have
What is included in the recognition of competences?
Recognition of Competence and Prior Learning consists of Mapping Competences
You will be invited to an In-Depth Professional Discussion in which you have a conversation with a Metropolia professional from the field. Metropolia expert in your field will plan what kind of complementary studies could support your employment. These can be professional courses or project work.
Mapping of Competences
Mapping of Competences comprises of two phases:
After the Mapping of Competences, you will receive a document in which we describe
Mapping of Competences will give you a better understanding on your skills and information on what kind of studies can support your job-search. The document also helps the employers to acknowledge your competences better, when you apply for a job.
All SIMHE-Metropolia services are free of charge to our customers.
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