Career
Studying in the Master's Programme in Global Politics and Communication develops your competencies for critical thinking, necessary for all tasks and positions that require expertise.

The programme further prepares you to responsibly engage in public discussions and develop critical reasoning and argumentation skills that are equally central to academia, public organisations and private sector.

Graduates of the programme are working in a range of jobs as experts and consultants in Finland and internationally. The programme also provides graduates with excellent qualifications for postgraduate studies to pursue an academic career.

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”. 

Career prospects

Graduates of the disciplines of Political Science and Media and Communication Studies have gone on to work in a range of jobs as experts and consultants in Finland and internationally, in the public and the private sectors as well as in non-governmental organisations. They are mainly employed in the fields of politics, administration, the media and communication, for example at Nokia, Google, IBM, Hill and Knowlton, Miltton, Helsinki Times etc.

The programme also provides graduates with excellent qualification to continue with academic research to pursue an academic career in universities in Finland and around the world.

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 organisation. 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 of 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.

Post­gradu­ate stud­ies

As a graduate of the Master's Programme in Global Politics and Communication, you will be awarded a Master of Social Sciences degree. This degree qualifies you to apply for PhD studies at the University of Helsinki and other top universities around the world.

More information about doctoral education at the University of Helsinki.

Alumni stories

Our graduates have found career paths in a range of jobs as experts and consultants in Finland and internationally, in the public and the private sectors as well as in non-governmental organisations.

Our alumni, Dilara AsardragWiebke Arendt, Annika Lepp and Kinga Polynczuk, share their experiences at the University of Helsinki and their current career paths.

Read the stories about our alumni and their career paths.

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.

More information about the Helsinki alumni community and its activities.

Find alumni of the University of Helsinki on Linkedin.