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HAMK Talent Boost

HAMK Talent Boost team supports international students´ integration and career development in Finland.

Reach your career goals in Finland!

International talents! Are you studying at HAMK and planning to stay in Finland after graduation?

We are here to support you all the way to reach your goal. Check out our services below and contact our mentors for more information!

Are you a company looking for international talents from HAMK?
Check our services for companies here.

What is Talent Boost?

HAMK is a part of the Talent Boost programme ecosystem and network. HAMK Talent Boost team is here to help our international students integrate into Finnish society and labour market (international students here refer to those studying in the English-taught degree programme). HAMK Talent Boost team consists of three members, one specialist and two talent boost mentors. We work closely with both regional and national partners, constantly developing our services for local companies, aiming to build better student-company connection. More importantly, we provide consistent support for our international students.

Talent Boost is a national programme in Finland, which aims to attract and integrate international talents, help them and their families to settle in Finland, and put their skills into effective use. International talents refer to international specialists, employees, start-up, entrepreneurs, as well as students and researchers. The programme is a joint national effort, steered and coordinated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland and the Ministry of Education and Culture. The central government, cities, educational institutions, businesses, and other parties forms eco-systemic cooperation.

Read more about National Talent Boost programme here.

HAMK Mentoring Services

At HAMK, we have two talent boost mentors who can provide you with guidance regarding:

  • Networking and services,
  • Competence and career,
  • Finnish language and everyday life.

We are here not only to support your job seeking process and career development in Finland, but also to help you establish a life in Finland. We also attend to questions related to hobbies, leisure time activities, friends, Finnish locals and so on.

You can see our mentors´ greetings and bios below, say hi back to them by contacting them via emails! If you have specific topics that you want to discuss with them or need help in the related field, you can book a mentoring session with our mentors directly. After you decide which mentor suits your needs the best or fits the best with your schedule, you can book a meeting with the mentor through Booking with Me outlook calendar.

Meet Talent Boost Mentors

Book a meeting with Katariina

Hei, hauska tavata! I am one of the Talent Boost Mentors. I worked at national recruitment and employment services before, and I am familiar with the different kinds of services for foreign students on both local levels and national levels. Besides working as a mentor at HAMK, I am an Italian language teacher in the Adult Education Centre (VOP) in Hämeenlinna. I will gladly answer your questions as a Finnish local and help you settle in as well as develop your career path in Finland.

Book a meeting with Qingyang

Ahoy! I am one of the talent-boost mentors. I came to study my degree in Finland about five years ago. I have worked in many different Finnish companies and organisations as different roles, and thus have learned how to navigate in the Finnish labour market. Besides working as a mentor, I am also a part-time entrepreneur. I understand that the journey of staying in Finland as a foreign student is filled with ups and downs, joys and tears. I am here to listen to your needs and support you with guidance.

A simple guide to HAMK Mentoring Services

Mentoring Services at HAMK are designed by HAMK Talent Boost Team (HAMK International) to support international degree students´ integration, settlement, and career development process.

The core to mentoring services are close interaction and discussions between a talent boost mentor and a mentee (a degree student) based on trust, commitment, and openness. For a mentee, mentoring is an excellent approach to improve self-knowledge, networks, and familiarity with work opportunities and leisure time activities.

A mentor is trained and experienced in providing support to the mentee according to their specific questions, fields of interests, and goals. Mentoring is the most efficient when there is a clear goal and an action plan to pursue the goal. Therefore, it expects commitment from the mentee and continuous systematic support from the mentor.

Mentoring is:

  • emphathising the mentee´s experience and needs
  • guiding the mentee towards reliable sources of information
  • connecting the mentee to relevant networks
  • advising the mentee to make plans for future path or for solving problems
  • providing tools for the mentee to pursue his or her goals or solve problems.

Mentoring is not:

  • offering a job to the mentee
  • referring a mentee in the job application
  • searching for open positions for the mentee
  • organising leisure time activities
  • teaching Finnish language
  • finding a day care or a school for the mentee´s children.

  • Recognising support services and network on local and national levels
  • finding recruitment events and job fairs related to your field of studies
  • identifying and developing your skills and competence identification
  • understanding the demands and expectation of the labour market
  • analysing certain open job positions you plan to apply for
  • improving your CVs, resumes, cover letter and practice interview skills for your job seeking process
  • planning your career or further education path
  • developing entrepreneurial skills or becoming an entrepreneur in Finland
  • recognising opportunities for learning and practising Finnish language
  • recognising living and leisure time activities.

At HAMK, all international degree students can benefit from our mentoring services despite the stage of their studies. Content of the mentoring can vary, and support is provided according to students´ specific questions and needs. At the beginning of your studies, discussions can be surrounding settlement, Finnish language learning, network building and expansion, and part-time or summer jobs. Near graduation, mentoring can be helpful if you are weighing up career options or needing support to develop your professional identity. For example, when you are looking for work placement or thesis opportunities.

Students can start using HAMK´s Mentoring Services by booking a first meeting with the mentor. It is important to have the first meeting, either online or in person, because it helps to establish trust between the mentor and mentee. All conversations and discussions are confidential. They will not be shared with any third parties without the mentee´s written consents.

All the mentoring meetings are 30 minutes each. Mentoring is a continuous discussion process based on trust, commitment, and openness. We keep each mentoring meeting relatively short, so that the mentor and mentee can focus on the target need and goal in one mentoring session.

Towards the end of the first mentoring meeting, the mentor and the mentee make a plan for the interaction for the future. Mentoring support can be continued as a series of meetings, e.g., once a month, or if the mentee deems that another meeting is not needed in the near future, then mentoring support can be provided in another manner, for example, by exchange emails, messages, until the mentee´s problem is solved, or the goal is reached.

Developing the mentoring services requires community effort. Mentors and mentees document their mentoring experience via different channels. We plan to share those experience with a wider audience as a means to encourage more students to use our mentoring services. Students with experiences in certain field can be mentors for students starting to get into that field in the future. Students can also share their experience of being a mentee on our social media. We are also constantly reaching out to our alumni, so that their knowledge, experience, and expertise can be passed down. Everyone, including mentors and mentees, is part of this community. And within this community, we work together to develop a sustainable solution to help international students´ build up their future in Finland.

Our services besides mentoring

We have developed some services to boost your integration and career development process in Finland. Check out the sections below and contact our mentors in case of any questions.

Tiitus recruitment platform

Tiitus is HAMK´s internal recruitment platform, which aims to develop better connection between companies and students. Companies that are interested in hiring HAMK students are posting their open positions at Tiitus.

International Friendship Programme

International Friendship Programme connects foreign students with Finnish locals, to promote internationalisation and knowledge of new cultures among both foreign students and Finnish locals. More importantly, it is one of the tools we use to integrate foreign students into Finnish society.

SIMHE at HAMK

Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education

We offer personalised and free career guidance in Finnish and in English to immigrants living in Finland who already have a university degree. We also serve immigrants who are eligible to apply to Finnish higher education institutions.

In SIMHE (Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education), you can consider your options and strengths in different fields with a mentor. In a mentoring meeting, we can discuss your situation further in confidence. The mentoring session lasts 30 minutes and takes place in Teams or on-site at HAMK’s Visamäki campus in Hämeenlinna.

HAMK International

HAMK International -blog is about HAMK students’ and staff members’ exchange experiences from all over the world and international activities at HAMK campuses.

More information about HAMK Talent Boost

For HAMK’s Degree programmes:

Talent Boost team is here to support also HAMK’s personnel. We provide a Service Menu with themes and training topics for cooperation. DP is responsible for field-specific trainings. TB plays a supportive role, aiming to provide additional values and recourses for DP. Please contact us and we will tailor the services for you and your degree programme.

Service Menu for Degree Programmes