Career Counselling

As a subject and academic discipline Career Counselling is, for its own part, responsible for the education of career counsellors and for research in the field on a national level. The subject of Career Counselling researches and develops professional practices and offers study counsellor education.

Education in Career Counselling in the University of Joensuu took first form in 1972 as separate study counsellor’s studies. Since 1988 it has been possible to complete the Degree Programme in Career Counselling. The programme consists of BA (Education) degree studies (180 ECTS) and MA (Education) degree studies (120 ECTS). In addition to the degree programme, study counsellor’s qualification may also be obtained through the Master’s Degree Programme in Career Counselling (120 ECTS) or through the Qualification Studies for Career Counsellors (60 ECTS).

Studies in Career Counselling provide students with the competence to work as study and career counsellors and as subject teachers. The education is also an excellent springboard to various expert positions in the field of guidance and counselling.

An Ideal Study and Research Environment

The Career Counselling programmes belong to the School of Educational Sciences and Psychology in the Philosophical Faculty. Career counselling is a multidisciplinary field based on counselling psychology and education. The Career Counselling education in the University of Eastern Finland focuses on the world of education, professions and work in a way which could, in a broader context, be called life-path counselling.

Aims and Mission

Our aim is to have Career Counselling work as an university community where

  • studying and learning happen through both independent and collaborative work, by sharing and combining knowledge from experience, research and theory, and by utilising the university’s teaching and learning situations in practical guidance work;
  • focal areas of research include guidance interaction, the operational culture and service systems of counselling, and different study and career paths in life; and
  • basic principles of the work are open interaction, mutual respect and developmental evaluation of operations.

We strive to create a learning environment in which future career counsellors, teachers and researchers may develop their expertise so that they will be able to

  • responsibly and creatively support individuals in their growth and development, learning and studying and in the planning of their life-paths and future;
  • analyse and assess changes in society, diversification in career counselling environments, changes in education and working life and the opportunities that these changing conditions offer, and to identify and develop these opportunities; and
  • base their actions on ethical consideration and research-based, critical thinking and on the advancement of social equality.

The training also enables students to pursue postgraduate studies and careers in research. Postgraduate studies in Career Counselling lead to the degree of Licentiate of Philosophy (Education) or Doctor of Philosophy (Education). Postgraduate education in the subject of Career Counselling operates as a part of the postgraduate education in the Philosophical Faculty. The subject collaborates with humanistic and social sciences’ subjects in the multidisciplinary Doctoral Programme in Social and Cultural Encounters.

Study Programmes

Contact Information

University of Eastern Finland, Philosophical Faculty
School of Educational Sciences and Psychology / Career Counselling
P.O. Box 111, 80101 Joensuu
0294 45 2034

Teaching and Research Staff
Administrative and Office Staff