Help in choosing a career and changing careers
Both TE Offices and private service providers help you in choosing a profession and considering a career change. During an employment relationship, you can complete studies on a study leave or a job alternation leave.
Contact career planning at the TE Office. You can discuss your career choice or a career change with a psychologist or another expert.
Education and training guidance at the TE Office provides information on application for education, the content of studies, different professions and fields as well as options for financing studies.
Also companies that provide private training services and career counsellors can help their clients in career choice and career planning.
If you become unemployed, contact the TE Offices to ask if you have access to a work try-out.
A work try-out typically lasts for 1-3 month. The purpose of the work try-out is to help you examine your profession and career options and your own strengths. You can hold the same job task for a maximum of six months.
During the work try-out you will have time to consider whether the field in question interests you, and to find out your possibilities of finding employment in the field. A work try-out is also a good option if you have been outside of working life for a long period.
The work try-out has replaced work trials and preparatory training for working life, which were similar in nature. An unemployment benefit will be paid for the duration of the work try-out and the cost of your commutes will be reimbursed.
If you are currently in an employment relationship or service in public administration, you do not have to resign due to starting studies.
If you need qualifications required by your job, discuss with your employer to find out whether you could complete them at your workplace with an apprenticeship contract. Ask your employer to contact an apprenticeship office.
You can also be granted leave from work if you have a long enough career behind you. Discuss with your employer about a study leave or working part-time during your studies. Read more about your options for taking a leave on our webpage on study leaves.
Taking a job alternation leave is another option. Discuss the matter first with your employer. After this, contact a TE Office. Read more about your options for taking a leave on our webpage on job alternation leave.
You can get job alternation compensation during a job alternation leave. Apply for the compensation from your unemployment fund or Kela. You can get the compensation for at most 180 calendar days.
You can apply for an adult education allowance for the duration of your study leave. The allowance is granted by the Employment Fund, which will give you more detailed information about the conditions of the allowance. You can also apply for the adult education allowance as an entrepreneur. You can also apply for Kela’s student loan guarantee for adult students for the period for which you are paid adult education allowance.
You can also apply for a scholarship for a qualified employee if you fulfil the criteria for granting the scholarship. The scholarship is granted for a vocational upper secondary qualification, further vocational qualifications and specialist vocational qualifications.
If you are not granted an adult education allowance, you can apply for Kela’s student financial aid and student loan.