Valtsika Career Fair

Welcome to the Valtsika Career Fair on 5 March 2024. It’s a new, innovative and free forum that offers organisations and alumni a low-threshold opportunity to get to know and potentially collaborate with international students from the Faculty of Social Sciences. Come, be inspired and network!

The Faculty of Social Sciences, or Valtsika, has several English-language master's programmes and about 200 international students from all over the world. 

Our master's students study different phenomena in society. Even during their studies, students want to contribute to the development of society and offer new perspectives on how to tackle societal challenges. Despite this, many international students struggle to find opportunities to collaborate with organisations, including through writing their master’s thesis or completing a traineeship. 

Organised in collaboration between Careers Services and the Faculty, the Valtsika Career Fair is a free event that will give organisations, alumni and master’s students a unique opportunity to meet, exchange ideas and discuss potential collaborations. 

Event Info

The Career Fair will take place on Tuesday 5 March 2024 at 15:00-18:00, at the Swedish School of Social Science (Svenska Social- och kommunalhögskolan) in Helsinki. The event will be held in English and participation is free of charge. 

There are several components to the event, including a pitching session for students and organisations, an open fair for organisations and students to interact, and an Alumni Talks lecture/panel style discussion for alumni to share their career journeys with students.  

Organisations and alumni can choose which parts of the programme they wish to take part in.  

The full programme can be viewed below.  

Registration deadline is 22.02. The link can be found below.

Valtsika Career Fair, Tuesday 5 March 2024
Swedish School of Social Science (Svenska Social- och kommunalhögskolan)
Yrjö-Koskinens gata 3, Helsinki
 

15:00-15:10 Welcome and Introduction 

  • Welcome words from Hanna Wass, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Introduction by Kimmo Vehkalahti (Director, Master's Programme in Contemporary Societies) and Garima Singh (Master's Student)

15:10-16:00 Pitching sessions  - This part of the programme is now full.

  • Selected students pitch their thesis topic ideas to organisations:
    • Garima Singh: Through the Looking Glass: An Intersectional Exploration of Women with Disabilities in the Finnish Employment Sector
    • Patryk Sierpowski: How to decode older migrants’ exclusion? Intersectional models of social exclusion among older Russian-speaking population in Finland
    • Sanchi Mehra: Out at work. Experiences of queer employees in urban Indian corporate settings
    • Md Tahmid Hasan: Integration or Coexistence? – An Ethnographic Study Among Bangladeshi Students in Finland
  • Selected organisations can also pitch either their traineeship program, thesis ideas or other chosen collaboration opportunities to the students:
    • BDO Finland
    • Demos Helsinki- Trainee Programme
    • Helsinki Incubators- Entrepreneurship as a Career Path
    • University of Helsinki- International Traineeship programme
    • Social Science Professionals Union YKA

16:00–17:00 Open Fair and Coffee

  • Organisations have their own stands, where they can get together with students to network and discuss collaboration opportunities.

17:00–18:00 Alumni Talks

  • Alumni share their career journeys with international students and offer advice with short presentations/speeches, followed by questions from the audience:
    • Caelum Davies (Analyst, Financial Crime Prevention- Nordea Bank), 
    • Stinne Vognaes (Project Coordinator- University of Helsinki), 
    • Yuri Kitaba (Specialist- Moniheli Network of Multicultural Associations).
    • Ana Toledo (People and Culture Coordinator, Fluido)

 

Organisations and alumni can choose which parts of the programme they wish to take part in.

What can organisations and alumni gain by attending the Career Fair? 

  • Meet the latest international talent at the faculty and improve your employer branding. 

  • Share your career advice with international students and help them to succeed in Finland and beyond.

  • Pitch or explore mutually beneficial opportunities for collaboration with students whose interests match yours. 

  • Find an international student who could write their master’s thesis about a problem faced by your organisation and present their solutions.  

  • Find an international student who could support your organisation’s development by completing a traineeship with you.  

  • Discover how your organisation could benefit from the university’s Traineeship Subsidy, which provides up to 1800 euros per student trainee, to cover the costs associated to the traineeship.  

What can the Career Fair offer to you as a student? 

  • Meet with organisations who are open to collaborating with international students. 

  • The opportunity to pitch your master’s thesis idea to attending organisations, who may be interested in formal collaboration.   

  • Explore potential traineeship opportunities with attending organisations or learn about how to get a job in the organisation’s sector in Finland.  

  • Get inspiration from a concrete challenge in working life, which could become the subject of your Master’s thesis.  

  • Networking opportunities with individuals and organisations in your own field.  

Express an interest or Register for the event

Are you interested in learning more about the event or how you/your organisation may be able to benefit? Feel free to email our team and we will happily provide you with more information- no commitment required!  

If you would like to participate in the event, you can register using the button below.
The deadline to register is 22.02.

For more information, please contact us at careerservices@helsinki.fi.

Confirmed Attendees

We are incredibly fortunate to have a range of organisations and alumni already confirming their participation in the event. 

Current attending organisations include: 

Our alumni speakers are: 

  • Caelum Davies (Analyst, Financial Crime Prevention- Nordea Bank), 
  • Stinne Vognaes (Project Coordinator- University of Helsinki), 
  • Yuri Kitaba (Specialist- Moniheli Network of Multicultural Associations).
  • Ana Toledo (People and Culture Coordinator, Fluido)
     

The list will be updated as more organisations and alumni confirm their participation.