Career Club

The Career Club is our City's career development program, designed for highly educated people living in Espoo. Our next round starts in January 2023. The application period is now over.

What is the Career club?

At the Career Club, highly educated people living in Espoo can work on their career development. We focus on gaining relevant skills, knowledge and networks, and strongly support our participants' agency and self-determination.  The Career Club has changed the way most of our participants approach career development! You can read about their experience here or read some of the feedback our programme has received here!

Career Club group - 

The Career Club group consist of 11 group meetings once a week. You and your group will get the fundamental skills needed to develop your career.

We will all think, practice and discuss together. You will meet guests, get opportunities to grow your networks, and overall, dedicate a few hours each week to yourself and your own career development in Finland.  

2 months to focus on yourself.

You will first learn and practice three fundamental career development skills (self-reflection, environment mapping and goals setting). You will then work on different topics such as Finnish work culture, family and work or for example meeting with Espoo workers for a Q&A session. We will also dedicate a full day to practice concrete methods to apply to jobs, visit a company and work on assignments designed to support your networks and confidence building. 

You will get many opportunities to interact with a wide range of professionals, as we invite guests to almost all our sessions. 

We alternate discussions and practical exercises, individually and in groups. 

A focused and intensive programme

Together, we will focus on defining and reaching concrete career related goals and results. You will get assignments and we will support you in moving forward and taking action for yourself.  The career club sessions are intensive, and we make sure to give our participants enough food for thoughts. We have designed our exercises and assignments for you, who are looking for methods, tools and frameworks to take action for yourself. 

We promise, we also have (a lot) of fun!

Read the detailed agenda on our page "get to know Espoo Career Club".  

Community

We believe that career development never stops, and that networks flourish and deepen over time. Once you have participated to a round, you are an alumni and we certainly stay in touch!

  • We contact our alumni every 3 months, for a year, to check on their progress. 
  • We invite our alumni to join our sessions as guests and share their experience with new participants. Our alumni are also invited to development workshops at least once a year. 
  • We connect our community members to one another. 
  • Our community members (guests, alumni, partners, participants) gather twice a year for the closing session of each round. It's a time to catch up, support, empower and celebrate one another. 

 

The Career Club is free of charge and our activities are in English. 

Why should I join?

If you want to take back the power of deciding for yourself, get into action and have fun through the process: join the Career Club! 

With your group, our guests and alumni, you will:

  • Take two months to focus on yourself, for yourself, and take your career development in your own hands. 
  • Explore different topics, practice tools and methods for self-reflection, goals-setting, and most importantly for setting things in motion and getting into action!
  • Receive many opportunities to build and deepen your networks, get new ideas, and find relevant information and services to support you and your career development. 
  • The Career Club is designed to make you think, develop and try new ideas. You will be intellectually stimulated during the sessions, and get assignments throughout the programme.

How do I join?

Career Club group

  • You need to apply and go through a selection process to join a Career Club group. The application period is closed.

Our next round starts on 13.1.2023 and ends on 31.3.2023.

 

To participate, you must fit the basic requirements :    

  • be highly educated ( 3 years in the higher education system). 
  • live in Espoo.   
  • have a sufficient level of English to take part in our discussions and read our material.   

We will select the participants based on: 

  • our basic requirements;  
  • order of application; 
  • the content of your application form (goals, motivation and understanding of what is the Career Club). 

Our groups have limited seats. Our application is competitive! For the round in September-October 2022 for example, only 50% of the applicants got a spot. Make sure to fill your application form properly, and to share with us what you want to get out of the programme! 

Nationality, unemployment status, gender, age or area of expertise are not criteria to get in. All highly educated people living in Espoo are welcome to apply. 

Selection process :  

  • Application period (around 3 weeks). 
  • Invitation to a short phone interview.
  • Decisions sent (around 3 weeks - 1 month before the round starts).

 

Do you want us to keep you posted about upcoming events and activities? Fill up this form(external link)!

Next application round: summer 2023

Next application round: Summer 2023. 

Fill up this form(external link) if you want to be informed about our upcoming activities and application periods in the meantime.

Programme's agenda - January-March 2023.

I. Fundamental skills 

  • Friday 13.1.2023, from 9.30 to 12.30 : session 1, "Opening session and introduction to reflective skills". 
  • Wednesday 18.1.2023, from 9.30-12.30: session 2, "Environment mapping".  
  • Wednesday 25.1.2023, from 9.30-12.30: session 3, "Setting goals". 

II. Themed sessions part I

  • Wednesday 1.2.2023, from 9.30 to 12.30: session 4, "Finnish work culture".
  • Wednesday 8.2.2023, from 9.30 to 12.30: session 5 "Q&A with experts".
  • Wednesday 15.2.2023, from 9.30 to 12.30: session 6 "Ideate".
  • Wednesday 1.3.2023, from 9.30 to 12.30: session 7 "Company visit".

III. Task focused job applications

  • Wednesday 8.3.2023, from 9 to 16: session 8 "Task focused job applications".

IV. Themed sessions part II

  • Wednesday 15.3.2023, from 9.30 to 12.30: session 9 "Factors influencing career development".
  • Wednesday 22.3.2023, from 9.30 to 12.30: session 10 "Test and prototype".

V. TalentBoost Bootcamp

. Thursday 23.3.2023, from 10 to 16 (timetable might slightly change).

VI. Closing session

  • Friday 31.3.2023, from 17 to 19: closing party.

What about spouses?

Did you move to Finland because your partner got a job offer here? Do you live in Espoo and wish to work on your career?  

Welcome to the Career Club! 

We believe that being a spouse is only one aspect of your identity! 

That is why we will make sure  that you  get the opportunity to interact with diverse groups of Talents, employers and local communities. 

Participants in the Career Club are highly educated people living in Espoo, and do not need to be spouses to apply. 

Useful links for spouses : 

Espoo’s services for spouses page gathers relevant links for spouses.  

The Spouse program(external link) is a community of spouses in the Capital Region.  

For employers

We have welcomed guests, from public, private and third sectors. 

They have shared their knowledge, but have also interacted with our participants and enjoyed connecting with highly educated, focused and goal-oriented Talents. 

We are currently developing our cooperation strategy with employers around 3 main action points:

- Inform companies about the different services available in Espoo to support international talents (spouses, students and others) in their career development. Feel free to contact us (contact at the bottom of the page) if you wish to receive tailored information.

- Connect through spontaneous and two-ways networking opportunities for all professionals, guests and participants. Feel free to contact us (contact at the bottom of the page) if you wish to know more about being a guest at the Career Club!

- Build together open, fair and skill-based recruitment and working environments. Would you like us to help you find your next employee? Do you want to join us in building useful trainings for both job-seekers and employers? Get in touch with us (contact at the bottom of the page)!

Our guests gave us an average NPS of 9.8/10!

"I really like the efforts put in this session. The help that these sessions provide is good, not just for the participants but for the guests as well"