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Talents for Kainuu 


The main aim of the project "Talents for Kainuu" is to support the international students in finding career opportunities in Kainuu region so that they can stay in the area after graduation. 

During the project, emphasis will be put on providing personal career guidance and producing guidance material related to finding a job in Finland and Kainuu. In addition, local employers will be brought together with the international students so that the students will be able to create a professional network in the region already during their studies.  

The companies can benefit by the international know-how the students bring along. In cooperation with local stakeholders such as ELY Keskus and TE-Toimisto the final result is an operational model for a sustainably successful employment between students and Kainuu based companies and public actors.

The project runs from 1 August 2019 until 31 December 2022. The project is funded by the European Social Fund (ESR).

Information about ongoing activities involved in the project will be posted on this site. 


Link to connect to employers

Are you looking for full-time/ part-time employment, a summer job or a practical training place?

Here is a link, in which foreign students can fill in their professional information: 

https://bit.ly/2Ol6GJj (please note that you fill in the correct tab "Autumn 2021")

This table is shared in cooperation with the ELY Keskus with employers in Kainuu. When companies have positions available, they can use this sheet to contact suitable students. Also it is used as a tool by the ELY Keskus during their meetings with about 800 different companies per year. (The ELY Keskus is the Finnish Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment.)

So please fill in the list with your information to increase your chances of employment in Kainuu.



Project Manager Kirsi Sievers  Project Specialist Irna Imamovic-Tokalic
Tel. +358 44 7101 616                                 Tel. +358 40 569 2241   kirsi.sievers(at)kamk.fi  irna.imamovic-tokalic(at)kamk.fi 


Current project activities:

 Autumn 2021


  • September (1.9., 8.9., 15.9., 22.9.)
  • October (6.10, 13.10., 20.10., 27.10.)
  • November (3.11.,10.11. 17.11., 24.11.)
  • December (1.12, 8.12., 15.12., 22.12.)

LinkedIn Clinics

  • September (3.9., 10.9., 17.9., 24.9.)
  • October (8.10, 15.10., 22.10., 29.10.)
  • November (5.11.,12.11. 19.11., 26.11.)
  • December (3.12, 10.12., 17.12.)

Career guidance

  • September (Dates and times available by request)
  • October (Dates and times available by request)
  • November (Dates and times available by request)
  • December (Dates and times available by request)

(send an e-mail to: irna.imamovic-tokalic@kamk.fi)

VISIT KAMK – Virtual Career and Recruitment Fair (7.10.)

+ Job search skills - Christina Fagerström, Clevry

  • Employer's expectations, applications and CV
  • Soft skills in job search
  • Job search algorithms - Keywords in application (CV and cover letter) and Linkedin profile?
  • How to succeed in a job interview - tips for remote and live interviews

+ Finding jobs in Finland (MOMENTUM), Kirsi Päjämäki, Arffman

+ Pitching and networking, Milsa Malin

(You can watch the Career and Recruitment Fair program recording HERE)

Sessions for graduating students:

  • November Working in Finland (Rules and regulations) (29.11.)
  • December Information about TE-Services (date to be announced)

Networking opportunities:

+ Girls Den of Kajaani:

  • October Leisure and Free time activities (14.10)
  • November Elder sibling Course (17.-27.11)

+ Language Café - practice and improve your language skills:

  • October Casual get together with board games (28.10.)
  • November Gingerbread house building competition (30.11.)

 Alumni activities:

  • 21.9. Virtual coffee break
  • 14.10.  Official Alumni month Meet&Greet
  • 16.12.  Virtual Christmas Trivia Night

Past project activities:

Spring 2020

Start your Career in Kainuu - course to support job hunting

Website and guidebook to support searching for jobs

Autumn 2020

Alumni session:Working in Finland

Recruitment Challenge Workshops 

Sessions for graduating students:

  • Information about TE-Services 25.11.
  • Working in Finland (Rules and regulations) 3.12.

Spring 2021

Working in Finland: Rules, regulations and trade unions 16.3.


  • Get to know yourself: Hidden Skills and Talents 30.3.
  • Boost your personal brand: CV and LinkedIn 6.4.
  • Start the hunt: Finding and contacting companies 20.4.
  • Great first impression: Getting ready for the job interview 4.5.

CV Clinics:

  • March(23.3., 29.3.)
  • April(14.4., 21.4., 28.4.) 
  • May(5.5., 12.5., 19.5., 26.5.)

LinkedIn Clinics:

  • March (18.3., 25.3.)
  • April (9.4., 16.4., 23.4., 30.4.) 
  • May (7.5., 14.5., 21.5., 28.5.)

Summer 2021

Career guidance

CV Clinics:

  • June (2.6., 9.6., 16.6., 23.6., 30.6.)
  • August (4.8., 11.8., 18.8., 25.8.)

 LinkedIn Clinics:

  • June (4.6., 11.6, 18.6, 25.6.) 
  • August (6.8.,13.8., 20.8., 27.8.)

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