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.
"My studies in Haaga-Helia made me understand the importance of the work of an assistant. It is not just waiting around and making coffee – it is about ensuring that the everyday business of your superiors runs as smoothly as possible. As the word indicates, we are here to ASSIST.
The most important skills learnt at school have been languages and Microsoft Office. The law studies I took have also been a great help in my career. Thanks to Haaga-Helia, I now have a job which I have always dreamed of.
Haaga-Helia has it all: great atmosphere, an international touch, good locations equipped with high technology, professional teachers and close co-operation with Finnish and international business life. At Haaga-Helia, you don’t study for working life, you study working life itself."
Elsa Kaijala, assistant, Finnish Real Estate Federation
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.