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Business Lead is a unique multi-level development programme supporting two-way integration of highly educated refugees and immigrants. The programme benefits all stakeholders involved, immigrants, company partners and Finnish society at large. The integration programme Business Lead opens doors for unemployed highly educated immigrants and refugees into Finnish working life by combining education and a 3-month internship in a company.
By participating in the programme, educated refugees and immigrants can quickly contribute to Finnish business and advance their career. Hanken & SSE runs the programme together with Hanken School of Economics and Ostrobothnia TE-services.
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The programme is for unemployed academically educated refugees and immigrants, who have good English language skills and relevant work experience and that hold a valid residence permit in Finland.
The Business Lead programme gave me the opportunity to connect and interact with the professional community in Finland. In spite of the programmes relatively short duration, the relationships that I built with other participants as well as with people in the company I interned with continue to grow over the years. The Business Lead programme helped me to integrate better with Finnish business communities, connect with internationals, and open doors to contribute my skills and experience in both business and social contexts.
Have to be honest about the challenge of integrating in the Finnish working life and found it difficult after completing my Masters degree here in Finland, however after I enrolled in the Business Lead programme things have changed. The programme equipped me with the necessary knowledge, guidance and mentorship and provided me with an amazing internship opportunity which enabled me to find my career path. Thank you Hanken & SSE!
Business Lead has led my way after completion of my BBA degree. Only with 5 learning modules, combined with a 3-month internship, the programme provided me a comprehensive view of Finnish working life, especially the culture aspect. For me, Business Lead is not simply an integration training for growing professional network, but a forum where I could meet a diverse group of people sharing the same passion for contributing to society regardless of our differences. I would like to thank Wärtsilä and all the people who made Business Lead happen! ❤
For me the value added of the program was the fact that the three-months internship. Another good aspect was that the programme coordinator tried as much as she could to match the participants to a company based on their skills, expertise or future aspirations. The Business Lead programme helped me rethink my career path and strategy, from Hospitality Management to now working at a University of Applied Sciences.
Participating in the Business Lead program was one of the best experiences I’ve had in Finland – I’m deeply grateful to Ramirent and Hanken & SSE for providing me a way to develop in the working life in Finland.
I have two Master Degrees and I’m also working on my PhD. Before the internship, I never dared to apply to a law firm! I did my internship with Dittmar & Indrenius and now I’m on my way to become a certified lawyer. And what’s more I have promised someone, that one day I’ll be a partner in a law firm. So what can I do? One day I’ll fulfil my promise.
My participation in the Business Lead programme was literately a life-changing experience because I was given a chance to do an internship in a company exactly where I wanted to work. I would like to thank Wärtsilä and my superior, who noticed what I am capable of and inspired me to develop professionally within the company. This was possible because of the great work of the amazing team of Hanken & SSE. Thank you for believing in us!
The Business Lead program was one of the best things that happened to me in recent years. After graduating with my masters degree, when I almost lost track of my career, Business lead came along. It allowed me to prove my abilities in a Finnish working culture, which most of us dreamed of. Thank you, Business Lead!