The Changing Education Master’s programme gives students skills and knowledge needed for working on issues related to education in the positions of administration, development, research, and training.

The graduates will have expertise in critical thinking and gaining information independently, as well as skills in scientific communication, and in applying theoretic knowledge and methods. The international and multicultural competence and awareness are the foundation of the Changing Education programme. The potential employers of the graduates might be governmental and non-governmental organizations, municipalities, educational institutions, companies working on education business, and consultancies.

Career prospects

Building your career begins already during your studies. From the start of your studies until one year after the completion of your degree, the Career Services at the University of Helsinki give guidance and support, including career guidance and counselling, courses and events, and facilitation of mentoring groups. During your studies, you can also complete an optional traineeship either in Finland or abroad. Some of the organizations and companies where previous CE students have completed their traineeship are: University of Helsinki, UniPID (Finnish University Partnership for International Development), OECD...

Upon graduation, you will be well-qualified to work as a professional on issues related to education within administration, development, research and training. Some potential employers are governmental and non-governmental organisations, municipalities, educational institutions, consultancies and companies within the education business.

The degree of Master of Arts in Education provides general eligibility for postgraduate studies and qualifies you for positions which require a master’s level education. However, it does not provide a Finnish teacher’s qualification.

Career services

Studies are part of your career. At the University of Helsinki, all degrees include career planning. The Career Services at the University of Helsinki, in cooperation with degree programmes, supports the growth of your expert identity as part of your studies and with separate services.

From the start of your studies until one year after the completion of your degree, the Career Services supports your career path.

Career Services  

  • gives career counselling and job seeking support, 
  • arranges info sessions, workshops and events, 
  • provides suitable job and traineeship offers for students,
  • shares university’s subsidy for traineeships and  
  • facilitates group mentoring programmes.

Check out the Career Services on the Instructions for students “Work and Career” and “Traineeships”. 

Alumni story: Matti Aarnio works as an education specialist

Matti Aarnio, a doctoral graduate from the University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Educational Sciences, works as an education specialist at the Learning and Development unit of Nordea. His duties include developing training solutions and offering support for learning for the needs of the Group’s employees as a whole. The format his duties take can range from managing online courses to developing large-scale training programmes or identifying qualified trainers.

Aarnio sees the applicability of studies in educational sciences as one of the positives.

“It’s been exciting to see that none of my prior learning has gone to waste. Instead, the basic principles of learning can be applied similarly in different contexts.”

Hel­sinki­UNI In­ter­na­tional Tal­ent Pro­gramme (HITP)

Would you like to build a career in Finland? Do you want to build professional networks during your studies and get valuable insight into Finnish working life? Then you should apply for the HelsinkiUNI International Talent Programme (HITP).  

HITP is a group mentoring programme where Finnish companies and international students are brought together to share ideas and to learn from each other. 

What will you gain from HITP? 

  • Successful applicants are placed in a group and assigned a mentor from a Finnish company or organization. When applying you can choose which of the participating companies interest you the most. 
  • You will receive support in growing your network among both professionals and fellow students. During the programme your group will meet 4–5 times on the company premises. Themes for the meet-ups include a company introduction and an overview on current competency requirements in that specific field.  You will also get to present your own skills to the company.
  • When the HITP has been completed, the goal is that cooperation can continue between the student and the company if both parties wish to do so. 

More information about the HelsinkiUNI International Talent Programme.

Improve your career options with Finnish

Although it is easy for international students to get by with English in the Helsinki region, learning Finnish will significantly improve your career options after graduation.

The University of Helsinki offers free Finnish language courses for enrolled international degree students. The beginners and intermediate level courses are not only a way to learn the language, but you also learn more about Finnish culture and get to network with other international students across the fields.

Information about the Finnish courses for international students in the Instructions for students.

Doctoral Education

Upon completion of your Master’s degree, you will be eligible to apply for doctoral studies in the University of Helsinki and other leading international research institutions. See options at the University of Helsinki.

Alumni of the University of Helsinki

After graduation, the world is wide open and full of possibilities. How can you venture forward to make the career path you want? What kind of work would you like to do? What kind of life should you lead? The Helsinki alumni community is there to support you as you transition from the University to the world of work.

All previous University of Helsinki degree and exchange students, as well as staff, are our alumni. As a member of the University of Helsinki alumni network, Finland’s largest network of experts, you get valuable support, knowledge and contacts for your working life.