Topic outline

  • Update: All seminars and tasks are arranged online due to the corona situation. Instructions are sent to participants.

    How do I plan my career? What kind of support is available to doctoral students?

    In this course we will discuss and hear expert views on doctoral studies, services available, career planning, financing, research ethics etc.
    Currently this course is arranged twice a year.

    Course Staff

    Teachers in Charge: prof Ari Sihvola and prof Vesa Välimäki

    Course Coordinators: Emma Holmlund, and Antti Ojapelto,

    Various visiting lecturers

    Course Requirements

    In order to pass the course, you need to meet these requirements:

    Active Participation in the Orientation
    1. You need to either take part in the orientation program for all Aalto University doctoral candidates and write a reflective essay on it, or
    2. Do the assignment Assignment for 3 cr or substituting orientation. If you missed the orientation and want three credits, you need to do the assignment twice, with different topics.
    Active Participation in Seminars
    1. You need to either attend all contact sessions, or attend at least half of the time and substitute the rest with extra assignments Missing a Session.
    1. Reflective Writing, dl 23.8.2020
    2. Practical Tips, Reflective Essay, dl 23.8.2020
    3. Writing Assignment, Part I, dl 23.8.2020
    4. Orientation Reflective Essay, dl 2.9.2020 (if you attended the orientation)
    5. Ethics Group Work, dl 2.9.2020
    6. Career Assignment, dl 2.9.2020
    7. Writing Assignment, Part II, dl 20.9.2020
    8. Final Reflection Essay, dl 1.10.2020
    9. Assignment for 3 cr or substituting orientation (Do this, if you want 3 credit points or if you missed the orientation), dl 1.10.2020

    Admission and Registration

    This course is for doctoral students of Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering. We are sorry we can't take any M.Sc. or B.Sc. students. If you have begun your work towards doctor's degree and filed the application to become a doctoral student in Aalto ELEC, please contact the course coordinators.

    In order to apply to the course:
    1. Register in WebOodi and submit your Preliminary Assignment In MyCourses
    2. Please be present in time at the beginning of Seminar 1
    Admission preferences if needed to limit group size:
    1. Full-time doctoral students of ELEC that have started their doctoral studies after August 1, 2015, since this course is compulsory for them
    2. Other doctoral students of ELEC, we prefer students who are at early stages in their doctoral studies.