Sparks methods and materials

Sparks Career Counselling model

In SPARKS Career Counselling, you survey

  • your previous and current studies
  • your academic marks, grades or what you aim for in academic marks, grades
  • your favourite school subjects
  • your hobbies
  • your leisure time activities
  • your previous experience in work life
  • matters you consider important in your job
  • your strengths
  • your qualities waiting to be developed
  • your personal interests
  • options for your further studies and career

It is the goal of SPARKS Career Counselling to assist you in gaining a hold on career sparks, in other words on those options you will wish to study or pursue for a living in the future.

After the completion of SPARKS Career Counselling, it is your task to study the options you like in terms of your further studies and career. Information concerning the contents of the studies will provide certainty for making choices for your studies and career path.

“A spark in further studies and in your job will boost your energy, enthusiasm, and well-being.”


  • what matters are important to you in your job or in your future job
  • what matters can you do without or, on the other hand, absolutely need for your job


  • what your strengths and characteristics to be developed as a person are
  • what strengths you definitely wish to make use of in your future job

I have developed Sparks Career Counselling model for individual and peer group counselling. It is the career counselling model for young people and adults.

– Minna Kattelus

VIDEO: SPARKS Career Counselling model in individual counselling – Minna Kattelus

VIDEO: SPARKS Career Counselling model in peer group counselling – Minna Kattelus


Sparks methods and materials

SPARKS Career Counselling


Hello, my name is Minna Kattelus. I have been working in the field of counselling for 20 years. I am a career counsellor, a psychology teacher and a writer. During the last years I have also been teaching career counsellors and teachers.

My best innovation is SPARK career counselling method for young people and adults in 2010. It is a visual and narrative career counselling method. Method is suitable for individuals and small groups/peer groups. I have got the trademark for this model in 2015.

I have written SPARKS materials – the professional guidance tools for individual, group and peer counselling. The SPARKS materials are in Finnish, English and Swedish.

My counselling methods and materials based on SocioDynamic counselling (dialogic listening and life-space mapping), narrative approach, positive psychology and visualization.

My key counselling tools are visualizations, counselling charts, texts, stories, drawings, imagery, dream maps, playful interviews, music, stories etc. SPARK map is my tool for career counselling. But I used to do visualizations, counselling charts, in all kind of counselling situations.

SPARK question cards and SPARK task cards help to open up goals and potentials.

The themes include self-knowledge, life management, career planning and grouping. Try out these cards in individual, group and peer counselling, where the participants write counselling charts for each other in pairs, using the SPARK tasks and SPARK question cards the counsellor has chosen

SPARK strengths cards make it easier to identify strengths as well as features worth developing.

SPARK emotional description cards help to explain thoughts, feelings, life situations, strengths, dreams and plans.


Minna Kattelus – Uraohjaus – Sparks Career Counselling



Blogsites in Finnish: