Virpi Ojakangas

  • Associate Certified Coach, ICF (International Coaching Federation)
  • Certified Business Coach Master, BCI (Business Coaching Institute)
  • Certified Career Coach, LHH (Lee Hecht Harison)
  • International Business Communications – An updating education, University of Helsinki
  • Exam of Human Resources, Institute of Marketing
  • I3 Adecco Leadership Program, IMD Business School
  • Sport Journalism Education, Haaga Helia and The Finnish Sport Institute
  • Master in Sport Sciences, University of Jyväskylä – Coaching Psychology, Biomechanics, Sport Physiology 
  • Train the Trainer Level III Education Category in Coaching (the highest level), FIVB (Federation Internationale de Volleyball) 
  • Business and Career Coach
  • Human Resources and Communications Professional
  • Assessment expert (SHL, Birkman)

Previous assignments:

  • Head Coach of a National Team in Volleyball
  • Coaches’ Trainer
  • TV Commentator 
  • Teacher – Human Anatomy and Physiology

My path

I have lived a dual coaching career. I studied for a master’s degree in physical education at the University of Jyväskylä, majoring in coaching psychology and biomechanics. For the first half of my career, I lived and breathed top sports by coaching national teams at different age levels while working for the Finnish Volleyball Association. At the same time, I also trained coaches, both nationally and internationally. For me, the most valuable achievement is the close contact that have remained with many of these people, and the high level of mutual appreciation that still exists between us.

My second fifteen-year career was built in The Adecco Group. My first job was to launch a career coaching service for top athletes produced in co-operation with hte Finnish Olympic Committee. From there, my responsibilities expanded to leading roles in HR and communications management in Finland and Northern Europe.

I am a business-focused leadership developer. The three cornerstones that have been part of every role during my career are:

1. Personal responsibility for personal development and achieving goals

2. The necessity of practice as a basis for learning

3. The ability to give and receive impactful feedback

The aim of the coaching I offer is to improve the interaction dynamics of the work community as well as develop productive and goal-oriented activities. I want to make a positive contribution to the climate of trust and interpersonal relationships. I believe in people’s potential and inner strength for continuous growth. Positive development requires strong motivation and an environment that encourages individual growth.

Through coaching, I provide the space for people to think and reflect aloud – on their own development goals, any beliefs that limit their development, and measures to achieve results.