Career
After completing your studies in the Master's Programme in Linguistic Diversity and Digital Humanities (LingDig), you will be able to work independently in various fields that require multidisciplinary expertise in linguistic and cognitive sciences.

You will also have the theoretical knowledge and skills that are required for postgraduate studies in doctoral programmes in language studies. If you want to have an idea of what possible career paths you can take after graduation, you can read the career profiles.

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

After graduation, students of the programme find employment in a wide variety of positions in which special knowledge of language is required.

One path prepares you for a research career; many graduates work as researchers in Finland and abroad. You can also work in the political, diplomatic, and educational sectors, as well as research administration. You might find other potential employers in publishing, the media and journalism, public relations, business communications, and public administration, as well as NGOs.

If you choose a technological orientation, you can find work in language technology firms or more generally in the IT sector. Graduates of USchool have good job prospects in User Experience. Multinational companies are in constant need of experts in speech and language technology, linguistics, cognitive science and digital humanities, and people who can work in multidisciplinary teams. Additionally, there is a vibrant field of Finnish companies in this area, some established and many promising start-ups. Some students have founded their own companies and become entrepreneurs.

Please note that it is not possible to graduate as a (subject) teacher in the LingDig Master's programme.

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 virtually or when the situation allows, 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 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

The Master of Arts degree provides general eligibility for postgraduate studies and a solid foundation for doctoral studies.

At the University of Helsinki, doctoral education is carried out in four doctoral schools. For those working on language(s), the relevant programme is the Doctoral Programme in Language studies. Students graduating from Cognitive Science and Digital Humanities may choose other programmes from the Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences.

More information about doctoral studies at the University of Helsinki

Alumni stories

In honour of the University of Helsinki's 375th anniversary, the Faculty of Arts presented 375 humanists during 2015. Quite a few of them are alumni of linguistics related subjects. 

Get to know the humanists.

If you want to read some experiences from former students of the LingDig MA programme, you can do so here.  

LingDig alumni testimonials

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.