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Wanted: professionals for a new world of work

Our world is changing rapidly, and the same is true for labour markets. No one can know what the world of work will be like in 10 years, or what kind of competence is needed. When training professionals for tomorrow’s labour markets, one needs to keep up with the times and, preferably, stay one step ahead.

  • Text Nina Venhe | Photos Raija, Törrönen, Varpu Heiskanen and Mostphotos

Unusual and brave combinations of competence are a safe bet when preparing for future labour markets.

Tapio Määttä

Academic Rector

Markku Hauta-Kasari.

The School of Computing is continuously running several research projects that generate insight from the industry. This information is then further refined in the form of academic theses and scientific articles.

“We also organise training sessions and seminars where our students have the opportunity to meet representatives from companies and to hear about practical work in the IT and digital sector. Students also learn about what kinds of tools they should master.” 

Keinonen Tuula in portrait.

 “Our students will adopt a model of collaborative working through co-teaching delivered by teachers from different fields.  Students in teacher education also do some of their studies in mixed groups, and they collaborate during their teaching practice,” Professor Tuula Keinonen, Head of the School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education, explains.

Students are also encouraged to participate in different projects that seek to find solutions to real-life pedagogical issues.

Sari Karhapää.

“This is why we welcome our alumni and representatives from companies as visiting lecturers to share their latest business insights. Our students also do company visits.” 

The Business School's close collaboration with companies is also reflected on course contents.

“Our students can do projects where they create a marketing plan for a company or help a company to introduce its products to new markets. Companies are also a source of thesis topics.”

Terhi Saaranen.

The group organising the simulation included teachers from nursing science, pharmacy, medicine and social sciences, as well as from Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Karelia University of Applied Sciences and Kuopio University Hospital.

“Simulation-based education is based on simulations using drama and acting. Students don’t participate in simulations themselves; instead, simulations are executed by actors and professionals from different fields.”