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From Family leave to Working life coaching


Provided by Hoivatie Oy

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Our coaching service

Participation in the coaching service supports the parents' shift closer to working life and the strengthening of working life skills through tailor-made working life-based coaching. The primary goal of the coaching is to provide support for job seeking and career planning, as well as to answer questions related to working life. During the coaching, we provide information on possible training and entrepreneurship options. In addition to work-related goals, the starting point is to strengthen well-being and resources and thereby promote the well-being of the whole family. During the coaching, clients gain clarity about their skills and to increase their general well-being, as well as the necessary tools (e.g. updated CV, diverse job seeking channels) for a successful transition to working life. 

To whom the coaching is and how is it organized?

Parents on the family leave or parents who are in a precarious employment situation right after the family leave living in Oulu region can participate in the From family leave to working life coaching. The coaching is carried out as intensive individual and group coaching during approximately three months (individual coaching 14 hours and group coaching 10 hours). The coaching involves a 2-hour follow-up meeting. The coaching always takes into account customer-specific needs. The group coaching is designed flexibly according to the interests and needs of the parents attending the coaching.  Sign up for the coaching in Oulu region here!

Meet the coaches!

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Marjut Vaarala


I have worked for a long time in guidance and counseling in job search and career planning. I have versatile expertise in education and employment opportunities, as well as experience in multi-professional networking. I have a master's degree in education, and I have also completed social studies.


My working style is customer-oriented, encouraging and solution-oriented. I consider it important to listen to and support the client in my supervision work. The client's own wishes, goals and life situation are the starting point of guidance and give direction to the planning of an individual career path, where I will be alongside to support. 

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Anna Nieminen

"We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than talk", said a wise ancient chap called Zeno the Kitionian once. This and the fact that everyone deserves to be heard, seen and understood are the basis of all my guidance work. I believe that each of us has the opportunity to find our own mission in life and thereby be useful to others as well, once you find your own strengths, and the place where you can utilize them. I am happy to help and walk alongside you in this process.

I have worked in versatile guidance, coaching and teaching positions for almost a dozen years. My educational background is in educational sciences.

In my work the most fulfilling moments are when I notice that the client achieves their own goals and that I have been able to contribute to the cause in some small way, or even be there to watch when something like this happens - shared joy is the best joy!


Tiina Saarinen

I love people's diverse career stories and charting hidden paths! With me, you can think about new careers from many angles and taking your wishes into account.

Having created my professional skin many times and returning to working life after 6 years of family leave, as a former expatriate Finn, I believe I can look at many things from outside the "box".

My educational background is interdisciplinary and my work experience is diverse. I have worked in both the private and public sector in career and recruitment tasks, in industry, in startup companies, in education exports and in the IT sector. In all of these, the common denominator has been the development of skills as a trainer, encourager, developer and consultant.

At Arffman, I have already been able to work for five eventful years with interesting individual and group coaching as well as content production and development. My clients have given me positive feedback about, among other things, open-mindedness, solution-orientedness, positivity and approachability.




Tara Vallenius

I have been in the social sector since 2014. During my working career, I have worked with children, young people, adults, the disabled and immigrants. I have also guided partially-abled people through various paths into working life. 

I have been involved in founding two companies and one charity.

During my life, I have been able to act in the role of an employee and in the role of a manager. However, all my activities have always been based on helping and coaching people.

My task as a coach is to walk beside the coachee when big and important decisions are made. I am support and security you can count on. I act as a mentor and provide tools to help you reach your goals. My job is to simply listen, care genuinely, and create a safe space for contemplation, questioning, insights, and reevaluation. 

You, the coachee, set the pace and ultimately make the necessary changes in your life to achieve your desired career goals.

I also coach in Arabic, Persian and English.



Pinja Valo


I am a job coach and an expert in educational psychology.


In my career, I have done various guidance and coaching assignments in the social field and planning assignments in the field of education. I have coached unemployed jobseekers in projects for various TE services, done individual career planning work, trained light entrepreneurs, instructed and taught asylum seekers and immigrants, and worked as a social counselor in child protection positions. On the care pathway, I have mainly done vocational and social rehabilitation for working-age people who have physical and / or mental challenges in their ability to work and function and who are about to start or return to work. I help and support in career planning, mapping competence and service needs, job search, work and functional ability and life management challenges.


In my work, it is important for me to create a secure and confidential interaction with the client. No matter what situations come along the way, I act as a bystander and guide the individual forward in the things he or she hopes for. My strengths in supervision are my individual, psychological and dialogical approach, as well as clients with various mental health challenges in their ability to work and function. You can also come to me about the employment of immigrants. 

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Jarmo Salmi

I try to listen to the client with a sensitive ear so that I get the best possible understanding of his situation, resources, challenges. We then work together to build a plan toward his goal and make steps toward the milestones. In doing so, I hope that the conditions will be built for building mutual trust.

During my long work history, I have worked in an ambulance, worked as an educator, job counselor and job coach.

I expect to benefit from my applicable university degree, TM, as a supervisor and job coach, and as a functional team supervisor (TRO). In the Family-to-Work project, I act as an expert especially in matters related to the employment of immigrants, who have become familiar with my previous work assignments.

The coaching in Oulu is provided by Hoivatie Oy

Hoivatie (formerly Nuorten Ystävät, Friends of the Youth) is a nationwide NGO-based actor that, since its foundation, has worked open-mindedly for the benefit of disadvantaged as  well as children, young people and families in need. In Hoivatie, the activities of a non-governmental organization providing social good and a business group providing services are seamlessly intertwined, which enables us to develop new ways of working and models according to the personal needs of customers who need support. We are a nationwide expert and service provider in the field of social services.  


The From family leave to working life coaching is produced with a proven coaching model based on a dialogical approach that takes into account the individual needs of clients. The Hoivatie's career guidance and job coaching is a side-by-side, individually tailor-made support for clients to achieve employment and / or competency development goals. 

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