Topic outline

  • Welcome to build your future in the world of work!

    How to get started

    1. Log in to MyCourses with your Aalto user account
    2. Use self enrollment to the course: open Syllabus, click self enrollment (on the far right of the screen) and enter the key CAPE2021
    3. Attend the kick-off session on Monday, October 5th (check the details on the section called Kick-off session)
    4. Before you can start working on the exercises, read The purpose of the nine exercises and choose your group.

    Intended learning outcomes

    After carrying out the exercises in this self-help material, the students

    • are able to describe their skills, motivation, and strengths
    • can analyse and express characteristics of their skills profile based on studies and work experience
    • have practiced writing job search documents (e.g. a CV)
    • can describe the importance of self-efficacy beliefs and self-compassion for shaping their future


    The sequence of exercises is numbered from one to nine. You may choose the order in which you carry out the exercises; however, it is advisable that you finish the exrcises 1-6 before December 1st, so that you can submit your updated CV to Aila Saloranta for obtaining comments on the CV feedback session (Dec. 7th). Other deadlines and course practicalities will be discussed and decided upon in the kick-off session. In addition to the kick-off session, you must attend the the finishing session of these exercises (for details, see the corresponding sections in this workspace).

    Having completed an exercise, reflect the results. What do the results of that reflection add to your self-awareness, your current thinking and goals of a good future as an individual and as a member of a society? How can you use the results? What will you do next?

    Career Planning Exercises by

    Seija Leppänen, Career Counselling Psychologist, Learning services
    Tanja Makkonen, Senior Manager, Career Services
    Aalto University

    MyCourses virtual learning environment has been updated in accordance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Only the teachers of this workspace (Kyösti Ruuttunen, Seija Leppänen) have access to the data.

    Edited October 5, 2020: References to the CHEM Career Forum were omitted because the event is cancelled this year due to the covid pandemic.