Työkirja is the best and most well-known job-search and career guide for technology students. Työkirja 2021 contains advice, examples and experiences: we hope that it will help and inspire you to find great summer jobs, traineeships, internships or thesis positions. 

There are two reasons why there is content both in Finnish and in English on this website and in the printed Työkirja 2021. Firstly, we want to help our international talent studying in Finland to find jobs. Secondly, the jobmarket for technology professionals is global: we hope that the English language material will be helpful for our Finnish readers.

Työkirja has been published annually for the past 28 years. It is planned and written in collaboration with employers, recruiters, career experts from universities and other professionals. We are grateful for all these years of collaboration. 

Studying this guide carefully and combining its information with great attitude will ensure you are well equipped in launching your professional career. 

Printed Työkirja 2021 guides are available at your university’s career services, student guild or association activity rooms, TEK Lounges and TEK’s stands on campus events. The pdf-version of the guide is available on this website. Link to PDF

Good luck with your job-search!

Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK is a professional association and we want to support you in your career. TEK has more knowledge and data on technology professionals, their careers and salaries than any other organisation.  Based on TEK’s studies, we know that it’s important to acquire work experience and build a professional network during your studies.

Career Preference

Use LinkedIn’s Career Preference feature. In Jobs section you can tell what kind of job opportunities you are looking for, where and from what field. Tell about your requests concerning your future work. You will get personal job advertisements about the vacancies that could suit you. A clear description of a requested job gives the recruiter an indication that you are determined.

 

Alumni feature – career planning tool

Are you wondering what to do with your degree? With LinkedIn Alumni you can take a look what the alumni of your field do nowadays. Alumni Tools show you where and in what field people work, what they studied, what is their expertise and how you are linked with them. Alumni feature is also a practical information search tool for those who have been working for a longer time.

– You can access Alumni page by any university’s LinkedIn page. It can be your own Alma Mater or another school. Anything you are interested in.

– Write the name of the school into the Search bar.

– Tap Alumni button.

– Here you see a list of people who have told LinkedIn that they have studied at the university in question.

– Alumni Tools shows you where and in what field people work, what they studied, what is their expertise and how you are linked with them.

– You can specify your search by using filters or your own key words.

– LinkedIn proposes profiles that meet your criteria.

With Alumni Tools you can look at other people’s career paths and get some ideas for your career. At the same time you can find key words, employers and jobs in your line. Don’t be afraid of visiting profiles of people you know or don’t know. In an ideal case, your profile will also be visited. You can also pick up some ideas how to discuss your previous tasks and expertise. Explore profiles, tasks, career paths and expertise and be in touch!

You can also find this feature on the company’s LinkedIn page.

– Write the name of the company you are interested in into the Search bar

– Add ”Company” filter and press Enter.

– Click ”People” on the left sidebar

– Here you can find workers in that company in the same way as in Alumni Tools.

 

Text: Eva Lindström

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You often hear how a wide LinkedIn network can help you in job search but how do you actually enlarge you network? Or how to take a brave step forward and have courage to publish something and start communicating in a profitable way? Here are some tips for you to succeed.

BE ACTIVE AND NETWORK

  • Send network requests actively. On LinkedIn, you can basically send a request whenever you like. Get started by sending a request to all your current contacts who are not yet part of your LinkedIn network. You should also send a request when you meet new people at events, get a business card from someone you have met, encounter an interesting person on social media or when someone produces content on LinkedIn that you appreciate or someone who is otherwise professionally interesting.
  • Look for interesting new contacts. Increase your network by using the People you may know feature. You can find new contacts. The bigger your network becomes, the easier it is to find new people and interesting profiles.
  • Network in groups. Join the groups that deal with your field and interests and you will have a chance to follow – and participate – discussions between influencers. Groups are also handy when you wish to meet potential employers and recruiters. But remember: you only get noticed if you are active yourself and participate in the discussion. So be brave and get involved! Express your views clearly and use trustworthy argumentation. Sharing professional content in groups is also a smart way of showing activity.

On our TEK’s TEKrekry LinkedIn group you can find technical academic jobs and trainings.

  • Share content that interests your network. LinkedIn is a most wonderful channel to show your activity and professional commitment by sharing interesting content with your networks. Thank for the replys and contribute in taking the discussion forward. Spamming is not advisable. You can start by posting something once a week. Posting contents makes you look active and indicates that you obviously follow your field.

 

PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR CONTENT

  • Don’t be too critical of yourself. Don’t be too critical to your texts. There’s no need to be afraid of mistakes. It is easy to write a text based on your own ruminations and experience. In that way, you don’t need hundreds of pages of scientific analysis to support your story.
  • Think about the tone. When you participate in discussions, try to be yourself. Stay positive as that will take you further. Hardly anyone wants to waste time arguing with a troublemaker and that kind of attitude makes you look like a negative person.
  • Openness and clarity. If you try to sell something or look for work, do it as openly and clearly as possible. Repeat yourself, within limits, without banging on about it.
  • Use chat. Use chat when you cannot reach a person by phone or email. Many people who cannot be reached otherwise, do reply on LinkedIn.
  • Be active – you give nothing, you get nothing. This should be crystal-clear but let’s revise it: On LinkedIn, just like in all other social media channels, activity is appreciated and it will help you in job search. So be active; discuss, recommend and form networks. Don’t sit passively at home waiting for someone to knock on your door and offer you a job. Be brave and polish your expert image!
  • Be systematic and regular. Make a plan how you network on LinkedIn and carry it out.

 

Text: Eva Lindström

Photo: Getty Images

LinkedIn is a search engine masqueraded as a social media channel. Here are some tips that will help you to find what you need on LinkedIn.

You can search for people, companies, content, schools and groups with the key words in the same search bar. Remeber to use ”All filters” provided by LinkedIn. Here you can refine your search, for instance, by searching for a title in one particular field or specify the current or former employer of a person.

 

THE MOST TYPICAL KEY WORDS IN JOB SEARCH:

#recruit, #recruitment #jobsearch #jobs

+ Finland
+ Helsinki
+Tampere, Turku, Oulu…

Write the key words above into the search bar on LinkedIn, tap ”content” and you see various postings of vacant jobs.

 

BOOLEAN SEARCH

On LinkedIn, you can also conduct more complex searches and get the most accurate results for you search by using logical operators such as AND, OR, NOT. Please note: These operators work only in job desription, not in the job title or location. Use the words AND, OR, NOT.

– Search with AND

  • Write AND (capital letters) to see results which contain all of the words you have typed. You see the documents which have all of these words.
  • This feature makes it possible to narrow your search into a more concise subject.
  • You can search for people whose compentence covers two different things, e.g., JAVA AND C++. LinkedIn will look for both these skillls in profiles and can combine them if necessary.

– Search with OR

  • It requires one of the words to be included in the document
  • It is possible to expand the search into a wider entity when you can use synonyms are parallel terms.
  • For example: “sales OR marketing OR advertising”.

– Search with NOT

  • Excludes the given word from the search
  • makes it possible to narrow your search into a more concise subject.
  • You need to be careful when using NOT in your search as it may rule out some useful results.
  • For example, if you want to find some mechanical engineers but wish to rule out senior/manager level persons, type: “mechanical engineer” NOT manager

– Quotations search: Remember that you can use quotation marks when searching for an exact phrase such as “product manager” or “cross-functional collaboration”.

– Brackets: You can use brackets when specifying your search with several terms.

  • For example, when you search for software engineers who can use either Java or C++ or both, type: (“software engineer” OR developer) (Java OR C++).

N.B.! LinkedIn search supports only neutral, vertical quotation marks (“), not ”*” , or AND ”+” or  NOT ”-”.

 

Text: Eva Lindström

Photo: Getty Images