History

ARENA Career Fair was organized for the first time in 1992. It was the same fall that the Career Services started in Helsinki School of Economics as the first Career Services function in all of Finnish Universities. Between 1992 and 2015 there has been 220 different employers attending ARENA Career Fair. The number would be even higher if some of the participants hadn’t merged with each other. Some have changed their names & some doesn’t exist anymore but still some of the organizations from the first years still participate our event.

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2017

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    • 46 stands and 8 companies in ARENA-On-Line
    • 64 personal meetings at the CV&LinkedIn  clinic with 12 employers and 5 career or employment related info sessions
    • Pictures from ARENA 2017

2016

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  • The 25th anniversary fair!
  • 51 stands, 64 individual CV & LinkedIn Clinic appointments with 11 employer organizations, 5 different employer presentations or other sessions, CV Photo Shooting
  • Photos

2015

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  • 65 exhibitors of which 10 participated the ARENA-On-Line.
  • First year of having the possibility to have an interview booth within the stands.
  • New web pages
  • Photos

2014

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  • 65 stands of which 10 were ministands
  • 13 organizations participating ARENA-On-Line
  • 12 employers giving advices on CVs and cover letters
  • Photos

2013

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  • 55 exhibitors at stands including 5 ministands
  • Speed Interview slots offered to employers for the first time
  • Photos

2012

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  • 67 exhibitors
  • 23 participating employers in the ARENA-On-Line
  • Ministands for SMEs were established
  • CV Photo Shooting for students for the first time

2011

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  • the 20th anniversary!
  • Three employers were awarded as most frequent exhibitors

2010

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  • 61 exhibitors
  • 16 participating employers in the ARENA-On-Line

2009

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  • “The Fruit Market” was established to give employers and students more interactive and relaxed place to connect.
  • ARENA-On-Line was launched fully and students got valuable information also online.
  • In the Fair Guide we had both HSE and Hanken alumni telling how the choices you make during the studies might affect later on in working life.

2008

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  • ARENA-On-Line was introduced: employers had a chance to participate the fair also in virtual form.
  • Both schools’ alumni told in the Fair Guide their career stories and geve tips for students. Pirjo Suhonen from IVANAhelsinki said: “Dare!” and Petri Kokko from Google: “Give your 100%”.

2007

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  • A record number of exhibitors: 73! And over 3 000 students visited the fair.
  • Wihuri hall in the third floor was included into the fair area for the first time.

2006

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  • 15th ARENA Career Fair
  • The limits of the fair area were reached, there wasn’t even a small spot free

2005

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  • Theme of the year was “My Dream Job”
  • The rector of HKKK Eero Kasanen revealed his dream job: researcher in mathematics. And the rector of Hanken Marianne Stenius told her dream job was researcher as well.

2004

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  • 32 exhibitors
  • 16 employer presentations
  • 3 infosessions on job hunting & CV Clinic

2003

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  • Cooperation with Hanken started with the orange color.
  • Student Unions arranges the first ARENA Evening where students and employers could mingle in more relaxed athmosphere over an evening snack.

2002

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  • In 2002 the fair was organized together with TaiK’s (University of Art and Design Helsinki) Career Services.
  • IDBM program was introduces to companies – revolutionary multidisciplinary study program that combined art&design, technical sciences and business.

2001

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  • The 10th anniversary
  • The event was redefined as ‘ recruiting and networking event’.
  • The Fair Guide gave advices for students on how to get the best out of the day: dress for success, take copies of your CV with you, think how to promote your skills, plan the day, be active, do your homework beforehand.
  • Old ARENA posters were on display in Exhibitors’ Lounge.

2000

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  • In 2000 ARENA Career Fair had 47 exhibitors and 25 employer presentations.
  • There were also a short introduction on how to search a job using Internet and a presentation from Jobline (currently Monster.com).

1999

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  • Rector Eero Kasanen in the Fair Guide: ‘Only the best companies believe that young quality brains are the key to success. Forerunners also know what is the needed combination of talents’.
  • H&M revealed in the Fair Guide that they are expanding to Spain and US and that they are using celebrities in their advertising like Geena Davis, Johnny Depp and Salma Hayek.

1998

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  • The restoration and repair project of the main building was completed and the fair moved back to main building.
  • 50 employers participated the fair.
  • Six study halls were in use for employer presentations and our corporate relations had signed already 15 sponsorship agreements for study halls.

1997

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  • A record number (28) of employer presentations were held in four different study halls.
  • The fair was located in the Chydenia building due to the repairs and restoration of the main building.
  • 300 first quests were invited for the Arena Breakfast in Cafe Lyydia.
  • Coca-Cola celebrated their 111th birthday at the Arena Career Fair.

1996

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  • 35 exhibitors
  • 24 employer presentations
  • 5th fair was celebrated in a birthday party after the fair

1995

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  • In 1995 the Fair Guide had company introductions but also an article on Internet. It defined Internet as “a data network that connects computers worldwide”.
  • 27 exhibitors participated the fair.

1994

  • Sparkling Breakfast started the third fair.
  • The more serious part of the day’s program was a panel discussion on national debt in which Minister of Finance Iiro Viinanen gave outlines in his speach.
  • There were 27 exhibitors.

1993

  • 21 exhibitors
  • The CEO of Tietotehdas Matti Lehti in the fair publication: “basic skills in computing are as important as skills in reading and writing”.

1992

  • The first ARENA Career Fair is organized and had 17 exhibitors
  • Fair location was the entrance hall of the main building and there were plenty of visitors for every stand.
  • Rector Veikko Jääskeläinen told  that ’1500 student visitors exceeded all expectations’. (ARENA fair publication 1993)