The aim of the VAHTO project is to develop strength-based future guidance practices and methods especially suited for universitylevel
students and thereby to construct a VAHTO guidance model.
Strength-based future guidance refers to a comprehensive idea of guidance that recognises what is needed to advance one’s strengths and career management skills and how this is attached to successful career and study planning in such a way that the student can consciously construct an individual and smooth transition from studies to the job market.
The objectives of the project will be reached through the following: 1) Finding out last-stage university students’ views, needs, and expectations in terms of guidance preparing them for the job market, 2) Studying the practices and methods of career and future guidance at the international and national levels, 3) Based on the previous measures, developing strength-based guidance at universities by implementing workshops that promote the participation of teachers, guidance staff, and students, 4) Implementing strength-based guidance pilots at universities, and 5) Based on the experience from the project and best practices, designing a VAHTO guidance model to be utilised in Lapland’s universities and outside the university establishment.
Overall, the project will enhance university students’study performance, facilitate their transition from studies to the job market, and advance educational equality. In the long run, the project will prevent youths’ marginalisation and unemployment. It will also increase the competitiveness of Lapland’s businesses by developing cross-sectoral and adaptive expertise among future professionals.
In developing the guidance methods, the project will observe gender equality and the diverse ways of recognising strengths. This project is carried out through cooperation between the University of Lapland and Lapland University of Applied Sciences.
The project is funded by European Social Fund (ESF) 1.8.2019 - 31.12.2021.
University of Lapland:
Coordinator, Project Manager
p. 040 4844 268
p. 040 484 4150
Lapland University of Applied Sciences:
p. 040 708 0724
p. 040 051 8723