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HAMK Talent boost
HAMK Talent Boost

HAMK Talent boost

Study at HAMK and stay with us in Finland!

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

International talents! Are you studying at HAMK and planning to stay in Finland after graduation? We are here to hold your hands and support you all the way to reach your goal. Check out our services below and contact our mentors for more information!

Interested in joining our Job Search Training Programme Autumn 2023? Find the webinar links and more information here

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

Meet Talent Boost Mentors

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

  • Support network 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. (See also: Booking with me calendar _ user guide)

Mentor: Katariina From (katariina.from@hamk.fi)

Katariina From

· 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.

Mentor: Qingyang Li (qingyang.li@hamk.fi)

Qingyang Li

· 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.

Use our services

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.

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Mentoring is designed to help international talents integrate into Finnish society and navigate their career path in Finland. All students studying in the English-taught degree programme can book individual mentoring sessions with our mentors and get support in relevant fields.

>> A simple guide to HAMK Mentoring Services

>> Step-by-step to start using HAMK´s Mentoring Services

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Work and Career in Finland

The Work and Career in Finland provides information on the following areas: Skills and competence, Career planning, Work culture in Finland, Networking, Find work in Finland, and Entrepreneurship.

>> Start exploring Work and Career in Finland webpages  

>>  Job Search Training Autumn 2023

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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.

>> Read more about Tiitus and set up your profile


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.

>> Sign up and establish a lifelong friendship with Finnish locals

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Arrival Experience

Step-by-step arrival guidelines are designed to support foreign students´ arrival process. Taking care of practical matters such as immigration, accommodation, banking, health care, and insurance can help students settle down faster and more smoothly. Opportunities for Finnish language learning opportunities and leisure time activities are also revealed.

>> Check the Before Arrival and After Arrival to-do-lists here


SIMHE at HAMK provides support for immigrants who have completed a higher education degree abroad or in Finland. We help those immigrants living in Finland without a higher education background, but would like to study in higher education.

>> Start using SIMHE – Career Guidance and Services for Immigrants at HAMK (in English))

>> SIMHE – Uraohjaus ja neuvonta maahanmuuttajille (suomeksi)

About Talent Boost Finland

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.

Services and measures have been developed to improve the opportunities of international students to entre, settle in, integrate, and find employment in Finland. With the retention of skilled labour and international talents, Finland is to include greater diversity into its society and workplaces, making it a more internationally attractive place to work, study, carry out research, and invest.

Read more:

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland:

Talent Boost Frontpage

Talent Boost Programme

Road map for Education-based and Work-based Immigration 2035

About HAMK Talent Boost team

HAMK as a higher education institution 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.


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