Career Guidance and Counselling for immigrants

Career guidance and counselling help immigrants to map their competences and to identify suitable study and career paths in Finland.

Career guidance based on your needs

We will not give you any ready-made solutions. Instead, we help you to:

  • find the study and/or career path suitable for you
  • identify your own skills and competence as well as your strengths and development needs
  • reflect on your options to find employment in Finland in your professional field or to learn new and develop your competence towards new career opportunities.

For whom

SIMHE personal Career Guidance is available for immigrants in Finland who

  • have completed a higher education degree abroad or in Finland, or
  • are interested in higher education studies in Finland
  • are currently employed, unemployed, or on a family leave

Career support for jobseekers living in Vantaa

Get Work Vantaa -project is for you, if getting a job is your number one priority – we tailor our service to your needs. The project is available for English-speaking jobseekers living in Vantaa. If you are interested in learning more about the Get Work Vantaa project, book a career guidance appointment on our Vihta booking system or visit the Get Work project website.

Practicalities and instructions

  • First, book a SIMHE Career Guidance appointment on our booking system (Vihta). We have specific appointments for the following professional fields: ICT (Information and Communication Technology), Health Care and Social Services, Business Administration and Economics, and Arts and Culture. If those are not applicable, you can choose an appointment for "Any professional field".
  • As soon as you have finished your booking, you will receive further instructions by email. Please make sure to read those carefully and fill in the form for further information before your career guidance discussion.
  • Duration of career guidance: max one hour
  • Language: Finnish or English
  • The service is offered online or at Metropolia Campus
  • After the appointment you will receive a summary with all the tips to your e-mail
  • The service is free of charge

Sign up for Career Guidance

Please book a Career Guidance appointment in our booking system (Vihta). You will receive further instructions after completing your booking.

We are regularly opening new available slots in the beginning of each week (Monday-Tuesday) for all our services. However, career guidance is a very popular service, so if you cannot find a suitable slot right now, please check again in the beginning of next week. In June and July, the number of available slots is unfortunately limited.

Prepare for the discussion in advance

You may reflect on the following questions:

  • What have you studied before and what are your skills and competences?
  • Are you interested in supplementing your previous studies for example by taking courses in an open university?
  • Do you plan to start studies in higher education for the first time, or do you wish to enter in a totally new field of study?
  • What are your career plans?
  • How do your study and/or career plans fit to the current situation in your life?

Explore our other services

Services to immigrants

What kind of services and what opportunities do international professionals and future talents have with us? We help you find your study and career path in Finland.

Guidance Generalia lectures

The Guidance Generalia are lectures and info sessions open to all immigrants. The topics are selected to help you navigate your study options and develop your career prospects in Finland.

Recognition of competence

How can you get started with recognising your key competences? Metropolia also provides recognition of competence by a professional in selected fields of study and for limited target groups.

Higher education preparatory programme for immigrants

Do you wish to study for a degree in Finnish in a university of applied sciences? Metropolia provides studies to prepare you for this. The courses are taught in Finnish.

Study opportunities and developing competence

Are you interested to study Finnish or to develop your field-specific competence? Metropolia offers you a wide range of options from individual courses to tailored programmes and full degrees.

Tips for information search

Useful tips and links for immigrants on career planning in Finland e.g. professional qualifications, studies, employment, entrepreneurship and learning Finnish.