Graduates from this international DP are qualified for a variety of positions in many kinds of organisations. Examples of positions include management assistants, office managers, marketing assistants, and communication and PR coordinators.
The studies focus on developing multicultural communication and business skills. The studies also help develop skills in co-operation, project and event management as well as in gathering, processing and sharing information.
The DP aims at fluent working proficiency in multiple languages; in addition to their native language, graduates learn at least two other languages. English and Finnish are compulsory, and the other language choices are Chinese, French, German, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.
Finnish students have to complete one semester abroad, either as exchange students or doing their work placement there. Work placement consists of 100 full-time working days. The Bachelor’s Thesis is usually commissioned by an organisation – either a private company or public administration.
Students can choose their specialization area from the following: Entrepreneurship; Leadership and HR; Marketing, Sales and Service; Meetings Industry; Organisational Communication.
Check out this video in YouTube promoting Haaga-Helia's management assistant programmes! It was produced by Haaga-Helia's assistant students as part of their studies.
After high school, I took some time off to work to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. After stumbling upon the Degree Programme for Multilingual Management Assistants at Haaga-Helia, I knew straight away that the programme was meant for me. What interested me the most about the programme was the ability to study both business and multiple languages. During my studies, I also realised that the work of an assistant would suit me and my personality the best as I am the type of person to thrive in support functions, making sure all "back office" tasks get done seamlessly so the core objectives of the business are met.
During my studies, I completed my internship at the Bank of Finland, after which I was offered a temporary position as one of the Department Assistants in the Financial Stability and Statistics Department. I finished my studies while working full-time. I currently work at my dream job as a Legal Assistant at Hannes Snellman, a law firm in the centre of Helsinki. My tasks consist of assisting lawyers in multiple ways. The tasks include document management, meeting arrangements, invoices and billing amongst other ad hoc tasks. I can honestly say that the skills and lessons I learned at Haaga-Helia can be applied and put into use in my everyday work.
Rebecca Ramsurrun, Legal Assistant, Hannes Snellman Attorneys Ltd