Towards a successful career

The aim of the “Towards a successful career” project is to support the professional development and well-being at work of young employees. During the project, we will develop resource-oriented methods to support the careers of young employees at workplaces and study their effectiveness.




The project aims to

  • develop a resource-oriented online coaching programme to support young employees at workplaces
  • distribute a new type of online coaching to Finnish workplaces
  • examine the impact of coaching on the resources, work life skills and well-being at work of young employees and their settlement at work.

Materials and techniques

In the first phase of the study, information on young employees' work life experiences and the development needs of workplaces was collected. We interviewed young employees and their supervisors. In addition, we conducted an online survey for young employees in various professions. Based on this information, we developed an online coaching programme to support the competence and well-being of young employees.

From spring 2021, the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health will provide online coaching for the young employees and training for managers of partner companies involved in the project. We will test the effects of the coaching with a randomized field test.

We are also inviting new companies to join us! The project offers companies an opportunity to receive online coaching for young employees that supports their well-being at work. The content of the coaching includes, for example, the meaningfulness of work, professional development and the means to achieve personal goals. In addition, we train supervisors in providing feedback and employee guidance. More information on joining the project network is available from Mikko Nykänen ([email protected], 030 474 2786).

Results and effectiveness

The project results in research-based methods that can be used to support young employees. The information generated in the study can be used to strengthen and support the competence and well-being at work of young employees as well as to develop supervisory work.

Our experts

Mikko Nykänen

Mikko Nykänen

mikko.nykanen [at]
+358 30 474 2786

Project partners

The main implementer of the project is the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. The project is being implemented in cooperation with the workplaces. The cooperation network includes the City of Helsinki, City of Espoo, Tokmanni, Med Group Oy, Broman Group Oy, S-ryhmä, AFRY, Suomalainen Kirjakauppa, S-pankki, Fujitsu Finland and SOL. We are also inviting new companies to join us.


Finnish Work Environment Fund, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and workplaces