Guidance and coaching

At Humak, student guidance and coaching is seen as a broad, professionally developing and supporting entity, which is the joint effort of everyone working at Humak. Here you will find information about the guidance and coaching for students, and a description of how your professional development is monitored in the developmental discussions during your studies.

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Guidance and Coaching for Students

Guidance and coaching at Humak includes study guidance, which provides students with information and advice related to their studies. Coaching and guidance is focused on working life and the student’s own profession. 

Guidance and coaching for both Bachelor’s degree students and Open UAS students is described below. The guidance structure clarifies the roles and responsibilities of the different actors in the guidance and coaching process. They allow you to communicate with the right person depending on your guidance needs. 

Find out more about the principles on the basis of which guidance and coaching work is carried out from the infographics below.

Humak’s guidance and coaching principles have been prepared on the basis of the National Board of Education’s publication Good Criteria for Guidance and the quality criteria for digital guidance prepared in the eUAS project. 

  1. Planning, purpose, and timelines: You will receive guidance and coaching that meets your needs at all stages of your studies as part of the Professional Development 5 ECTS course. You know how to seek guidance and who to contact in different situations. 

  2. Accessibility: Accessibility refers to the realization of the physical, mental and social environment so that everyone, regardless of their characteristics, can function on an equal footing with others. Accessibility also includes linguistic accessibility. You are entitled to individual support based on, for example, learning difficulties, disability, illness, or cultural background. Guidance is available in different ways (individual and group guidance) and with different tools. 

  3. Supporting professional development, lifelong learning, and career planning: Throughout your studies, you will receive support for your studies, the identification and description of your own skills, and your professional development. You identify different job, employment, and postgraduate study opportunities in relation to your own skills. You will be able to make plans and choices for your future career and proceed accordingly. 

  4. Activity, inclusion, and responsibility: You have an active role in advancing your own studies. You plan your own study and career path with the support of guidance and coaching. You set goals for your own competencies through a competency-based curriculum. 

  5. Ethics, confidentiality, and safety: Guidance and coaching take into account the general ethical principles of study guidance. There is an atmosphere of trust, and the space provides undisturbed concentration and protection of privacy. The guidance situation meets the requirements set for data security and protection. 

Well-being: You are offered services and activities that support your studies and everyday life. Your life situation and resources are taken into account in your guidance and personal study plan (PSP).

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Click on the question marks to find out more about the contents of the picture. If you wish, you can listen to the contents of the text boxes that open from the question marks in the voice and language of your choice. If necessary, click on the “full screen” button below the image to see a larger version of the image. 

Each Humak campus has a designated student counsellor who will help you if you encounter challenges during your studies. Student councellors work with you in a variety of ways. You can agree on an individual meeting face-to-face or meet online.

Students can also participate in monthly workshops and theme days.

The student counsellors also act as lecturers responsible for the well-being of students in their region. 

Contact information for student counsellors 

Cultural Management 

  • Jyväskylä: Eeva Mäntylä tel. +358 50 4420 564 
  • Kauniainen: Päivi Ruutiainen tel. +358 400 349205 
  • Turku: Tiina Heimo tel. +358 400 349293 
  • Online degrees: Päivi Ruutiainen tel. +358 400 349205 
  • Master’s degree students: Päivi Ruutiainen tel. +358 400 349205 

Interpreting

  • Helsinki: Hanna Putkonen Kankaanpää tel. +358 50 4119 594 
  • Kuopio: Piia Mylly tel. +358 400 349252 

Community Education

  • Jyväskylä: Eeva Mäntylä tel. +358 50 4420 564 
  • Kuopio: Piia Mylly tel. +358 400 349252 
  • Nurmijärvi: Katja Munter tel. +358 400 349357. Note. Sari Huttu as deputy until 31 May 2021, tel. +358 400 349 381 
  • Turku: Tiina Heimo tel. +358 400 349293 
  • MOVE and TYKE: Tarja Jukkala tel. +358 400 349 269 
  • Master’s degree students: to be announced 

Emails: firstname.lastname(at)humak.fi. 

How do I book an appointment with a student counsellor? 

You can book an appointment with a counsellor by using the Appointment Times function on Peppi’s Student’s desktop. See instructions here. If you cannot find a tutoring time for your counsellor through the Appointment Times function, please contact the relevant counsellor.

You can read about the services of Humak’s student psychologist on the page Student Well-being and Health.

Professional development and development discussions 

In addition to freshman-level and group coaching, your PSP coach will provide you with individual coaching that focuses on your professional growth, development, and career prospects. Your professional development is monitored in annual development discussions based on the self-assessment form you fill out. The development discussion form takes into account the general and sectoral competencies of each profession, depending on the training. You can find the training-specific development discussion form in the forms archive

Coaching is included in the bachelor’s degrees in the Professional Development 5 ECTS course.

What issues are discussed in the development discussions? 

The first development discussion takes place right at the beginning of your studies. Before the discussion, fill out the development discussion form and make a free-form RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) plan. Your PSP coach will review the plan in the development discussion and record the jointly agreed-upon details of your PSP. Based on the revised plan, you will know which courses you need to enroll in, and which studies you are applying for with the eRPL tool. You can access the student’s RPL instructions here

The guiding contents of the development discussions throughout your studies are described below. Note that there may be differences in training content, timing, and volume for training and implementation.

The first year 

  • Autumn: First-year studies, PSP, RPL, target completion time, and study progress. Please make sure you fill out the development discussion form before the first discussions. 
  • Spring: Study progress, second-year studies, international and multicultural studies, summer studies.

Second year 

  • Autumn / spring: Study progress, third-year studies, professional internships (basic and advanced level), career guidance, summer studies. Please note to fill out a development discussion form before discussing!

Third year 

  • Autumn / spring: Study progress, fourth-year studies, developmental internship and thesis, career guidance, elective studies. Please make sure you fill out the development discussion form before the first discussions.

Fourth year 

  • Autumn: Graduation and transition to work.
  • Spring: Summary of competence discussions, graduation, career guidance. Please make sure you fill out the development discussion form before the first discussions.

Administrator of the page: Johanna Henriksson,
Last modified: October 13, 2021