Embracing the Finnish Work Culture as a Talent Hub Eastern-Finland -project’s RDI-trainee: My Experience at Karelia UAS

As a final year International Business student at Karelia University of Applied Sciences, I have experienced a blend of academic knowledge and practical experience, all in my role as an RDI-trainee for the Talent Hub Eastern Finland (THEF) -project. This position helped me to contribute effectively to the development of a globally competitive and culturally proficient workforce, in alignment with Karelia’s strategic visionto support internationalization.

My journey as a trainee began when I discovered the opening for the RDI-trainee position, perfectly aligned with my final thesis topic, commissioned by Talent Hub Eastern Finland -project. This opportunity was a gateway to apply my theoretical knowledge in a real-world context, making me the first trainee from Karelia University of Applied Sciences to join this innovative project.

A Multifaceted Role

Throughout my traineeship, I have been actively involved in various facets of the project, enhancing my understanding of Finnish professional practices and enriching my skill set. One of my key responsibilities was organizing events that foster inclusivity and cultural understanding. Among these, the “Etuoikeuskävely – Karelia Belongs to Everyone” event, a privilege walk activity, stands out. It was a part of the National Week Against Racism and received positive feedback for its impactful message and execution.

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Talent Hub Eastern-Finland student info stand. Photo: Foyjunnahar Aktar

Additionally, I took charge of producing all marketing materials for this significant week. My role extended beyond event management to engaging in student discussions, enhancing alumni activities, and managing the Talent Hub Eastern Finland -project’s student information stand at various events. Each responsibility I undertook added layers to my professional experience and personal growth.

Networking and Cultural Integration

A significant part of my traineeship has been the opportunity to have the experience in the Finnish working culture. Finland’s work environment is characterized by its inclusivity, efficiency, and a strong emphasis on work-life balance. Through my role, I have had the invaluable opportunity to network with professionals and peers alike, which has been a great help in shaping my understanding of the Finnish labor market and my future career path.

As my traineeship near to complete and I prepare for graduation, I reflect on the profound impact of my experiences at Karelia University of Applied Sciences. The professional exposure and personal development I have gained through my role as an RDI-trainee have not only prepared me for a career in international business but have also instilled a deep appreciation for the dynamics of Finland’s labor market.

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Karelia Entrepreneurship Expo, 2023. Photo: Foyjunnahar Aktar

Looking ahead, I am inspired to continue exploring opportunities that combine my academic background with my passion for fostering multicultural understanding and integration. The skills and insights gained during my traineeship will undoubtedly influence my approach to future challenges and opportunities in the global business landscape.

In conclusion, my time as a Talent Hub Eastern Finland -project’s RDI-trainee has been a transformative journey of learning, growth, and discovery. It has equipped me with the tools to navigate and contribute to the Finnish labor market effectively and has sparked a continuous desire to engage, innovate, and integrate within my chosen field. This traineeship has not only been a step forward in my professional life but has also been a deeply enriching personal experience that I will carry forward into all my future endeavors.


Saima Haque, Karelia UAS Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), International Business 2024 alumni


Talent Hub Eastern Finland (2023-2027) is ESR+ funded joint project of six educational institutions across different levels of education in the North Karelia and North Savo regions. The project’s participants are the University of Eastern Finland, Karelia University of Applied Sciences, Savonia University of Applied Sciences, North Karelia Municipal Education and Training Consortium Riveria, Savo Vocational College and Ylä-Savo Vocational College. The project supports international students in finding employment and internships, to develop their entrepreneurship skills and to integrate and employers in finding, hiring and orientating a new worker to the workplace. RDI- Project Trainee positions aim to promote universities’ RDI work as one available career option for international students in Eastern Finland and at the same time support the growth of international staff in the local educational institutions.

More information: Karelia UAS website and Mia Sevonius-Male, Project Manager, [email protected], +358 50 477 7269