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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 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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Merja Järvelä


I am a resource-focused and committed professional with a diverse working experience in health, education and guidance walking with you side by side. The fundamental idea in my work is presence, genuine encounter and the comprehensive well-being of the person.  

I am MSc (Health sciences), teacher, midwife and nurse. I am currently studying to become a neuropsychiatric coach. I have work experience in nursing, teaching and guiding, short therapeutic working and directing various peer support groups.  

My diverse work experience in the field of well-being of families provides perspectives on supporting parents on family leave closer to working life, their own career path, as well as support for increasing their working life preparedness, well-being and resources. 

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Jarmo Salmi

I try to listen to the client with a sensitive ear to get the best possible understanding of their situation, resources and challenges. Then we work together to build a plan toward their goal and make milestones for objectives. By doing this, I hope that we will create conditions for building a mutual trust.

During my long work history, I have worked in an ambulance, as an instructor, a work supervisor and a job coach.

I believe to benefit from my applicable university degree (MTh), as well as my work supervisor, job coach, and functional group work instructor (toiminnallisen ryhmätyön ohjaaja, TRO) degrees. In the From family leave to working life project, I act as an expert focusing especially in matters related to the employment of immigrants, of which I have expertise from my previous work assignments.


Marjut Vaarala

I have worked for a long time in guidance and counseling work in the fields of job search and career planning. I have diverse knowledge of training and employment opportunities as well as experience in working in multi-professional networks. I have a master's degree in education, and I have also studied social services.


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



Pinja Valo


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


During my career, I have worked in various guidance and coaching positions in the field of social services as well as in planning positions in the field of education. I have coached unemployed jobseekers in projects for various Employment and Economic Development Services (TE services), done individual career planning work, trained light entrepreneurs, instructed and taught asylum seekers as well as immigrants, and worked as a social advisor in child welfare. In Hoivatie, I have done mainly 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 working life. I help and support in career planning, mapping one's know-how and service needs and job seeking as well as in challenges related to work and functional ability and life management.

In my work, it is important for me to create a secure and confidential connection with the client. No matter what kind of situations there comes during the journey, I act as a companion and guide the individual forward in those things he or she hopes for. My strengths in coaching work are my individual, psychological and dialogical working approach, as well as clients with different mental health challenges in their ability to work and function. You can also turn to me about the employment as an immigrant. 


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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