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Giant Leap -projct – Rainmaker

tisdag, december 4th, 2018

“Are you our rainmaker for the upcoming summer, literally?” was the humorous question that drew me in last spring. The task was to analyze, prototype, and test different methods in order to create a proposal for rain measurement reference. At the university, I was fascinated by the cloud physics course, and this was the perfect Giant Leap -project to develop even deeper understanding of the topic.

Having a background in meteorology gave me a strong basis on cloud formation theory, rain and its measurement. However, the practical setup construction created a new aspect to the topic. The project challenged me to think beyond the limits of meteorology and to utilize my technology-related skills and even my personal life experience. This project pointed out that know-how of different fields can lead to surprising outcomes.

In the picture above, you can see one of my highlights in Vaisala. After the Giant Leap summer I continued to work as Master’s thesis worker in Vaisala and constructed the rain generator with the help of an automation expert. The power of cooperation is clearly present in different projects in Vaisala. The community has a tremendous set of people with different backgrounds. In Vaisala’s interdisciplinary environment, I can learn something new every day.  And that’s not all – from time to time there are possibilities to visit our customers and learn their needs for the future.

Climate change and climate change adaptation are the key factors to be acknowledged when planning business for future. Since climate change and the atmosphere are themes that impact everyone globally, Vaisala is part of different international instrumentation projects. Vaisala’s solutions help tackle some of the most crucial issues our time – topics that are very important to me personally as well – and enable companies and decision makers to make better-informed decisions based on reliable measurement data.

The Giant Leap -project itself felt really meaningful for me, because the need for artificial rain to test, maintain and develop rain measurement instrumentation was evidenced especially during this summer – the driest summer in decades. So I literally became the rainmaker for the summer! All in all, it has been a pleasure to work with a meaningful Giant Leap project and develop it even further with a growing research network.

 

Giant Leap is Vaisala’s internship program for students in a university or polytechnic. We’ll hire up to 20 students for a period of three months over the summer to our head office in Vantaa Finland and our US head office in Louisville, Colorado. As a Giant Leap intern, you’ll work either individually, in pairs or together with experienced Vaisala employees on real-life projects that have genuine business relevance.

 

Challenging but also rewarding, the program is designed for students with a variety of skills, qualities and educational backgrounds. To us, motivation and intellectual curiosity are more important than specific achievements or your line of studies. We don’t expect you to have all the answers but we hope you have lots of questions. Application period for Giant Leap 2019 is from January 10th until February 10th. Come as you are, as long as you are curious!

 

Jobbsökningens 1-0-1 vol 1. – Så får du ordning på dina ansökningspapper!

måndag, november 19th, 2018

Även om du inte söker jobb just nu är det ett utmärkt tillfälle att uppdatera dina jobbsökningspapper och fundera på din kompetens. Om du tar dig tid för en enda rejäl funderare kan du få insikter om dig själv som du kanske inte fått om ansökningsdeadlinen flåsat dig i nacken.

1. Gör ett ”super-CV”
Det lönar sig att skriva och kontinuerligt uppdatera ett s.k. super-CV där du skriver in all din utbildning, arbetserfarenhet och övriga kompetens, t.ex. språk-, kommunikations- och it-kunskaper. Detta super-CV är ändå absolut inte den version du kommer att skicka tillsammans med din ansökan, utan en version därifrån du kan plocka den relevanta informationen för det jobb du söker. T.ex. LinkedIn är ett bra ställe att grundligt lista allt kunnande du skaffat dig.

Det CV du skickar med din ansökan ska inte heller vara bara en förteckning över jobb eller förtroendeuppdrag, utan i samband med dem ska du förklara de uppgifter, ansvarsområden, betydande prestationer och lärdomar som uppdraget innebar.

Om du ännu inte har så mycket arbetserfarenhet kan du i meritförteckningen lyfta fram förtroendeuppdrag eller hobbyer som är relevanta för arbetsuppgifterna och som kan vara till nytta i det arbete du söker, uttryckligen tack vare de färdigheter du skaffat dig genom dem.

Ett CV som du skickar till en arbetsplats behöver inte innehålla uppgifter om din ålder, ditt kön eller dina familjeförhållanden. Om du vill bifoga en bild av dig själv ska du se till att den är saklig, tydlig och färsk och visar ditt ansikte. Du kan glömma partyselfies eller strandbilder med en öl i handen.

2. Sätt ord på din kompetens
Börja själva skrivjobbet med att läsa platsannonsen med eftertanke och försöka fundera på vilken kompetens och människotyp arbetsgivaren verkligen söker för det lediga jobbet. Sedan kan du fundera på vad som motiverar dig att söka just det jobbet i just den organisationen, vilken kompetens just du har och hur du kan visa den i din ansökan. Det samma gäller öppna ansökningar.

Nöj dig inte med att använda adjektiv för att beskriva dig själv. Försök med hjälp av beskrivande exempel förklara varför du passar för jobbet. Ge exempel på hur du skulle sköta det lediga jobbet på ditt eget sätt om du anställdes. Kom ihåg att skriva din ansökan på ett klart och tydligt standardspråk. Tänk på att en personligt skriven ansökan alltid sticker ut bättre än papper fulla av slitna floskler i stil med ”jag är flitig och samvetsgrann”.

Om det känns svårt att beskriva din egen kompetens ska du inte vara rädd för att att be studie- och arbetskamrater om respons och beskrivningar.

3. Skräddarsy alltid ditt CV!
”En arbetsansökan är som ett kärleksbrev”, konstaterade ett rekryteringsproffs för länge sedan. Varför? För att en arbetsansökan i praktiken alltid är ditt enda sätt att berätta varför just du passar för en viss organisation och en viss arbetsplats.

Du skulle knappast skicka samma kärleksbrev till flera personer och bara byta ut mottagarens namn. Så varför skulle du göra det med en arbetsansökan? Dessutom ska en arbetsansökan, liksom ett kärleksbrev, komma från hjärtat. Var ärlig och överdriv inte din egen kompetens. Den som ljuger blir alltid fast.

Om du befinner dig i början av din karriär och inte har så mycket erfarenhet och kompetens lönar det sig att satsa just på din ansökan i stället för ditt CV.

4. Kontrollera språket och be om respons
Korrläs dina ansökningshandlingar innan du skickar in dem. En ansökan som kryllar av skrivfel ger en slarvig bild av den sökande och kan leda till att du inte går vidare. Också annars lönar det sig att låta en kompis läsa igenom ansökningspappren och kommentera både språkdräkten och innehållet.

5. Läs anvisningarna och följ dem
Platsannonserna anger nästan alltid den sista ansökningsdagen, hur ansökan ska skickas in samt kontaktuppgifterna. Det är också möjligt att ansökan inte alls ska göras enligt mina anvisningar. Följ alltid anvisningarna i platsannonsen.

En del företag börjar genast behandla ansökningarna när de kommer in, så det lönar sig att vara i tid. Om du söker först efter att ansökningstiden gått ut ger det en dålig bild av din tidshantering.

6. Andra tips
Skicka alltid dina ansökningspapper i pdf-format och skicka inte några andra dokument än de som begärs. Arbetsintygen hinner du visa under intervjun. Använd en lättläst font och tillräckligt korta meningar. Kom ihåg tumregeln för lagom längd: för ansökan en sida (A4) och för CV två sidor, så håll dig kort!

Fler tips finns också på många fackförbundssidor och branschsidor. Bland annat på Teknikens akademikerförbunds TEK:s webbplats finns ”Teekkarin työkirja” (på finska) med många bra jobbsökningstips.
Saknar du något i den här texten? Dela dina egna tips i kommentarsfältet!

Johanna Pietiläinen
AUS förvaltnings- och HR-chef

Och efter att du skickat in din fantastiska ansökan? Veckans andra bloggtext handlar om hur du lyckas med din arbetsintervju. Stay tuned!

Creating the future at work!

måndag, september 10th, 2018

What does it feel like to work for Symbio?

We asked our Junior UI/UX Designer Valentin to tell more about his experiences about Symbio as a workplace. Read his thoughts about joining Symbio as a Junior Designer after graduating from university.

“Feels great! I really like the atmosphere here and the projects I’m working on are super up-to-date and interesting. Plus, I get to do what I love, which is combining technology, design and innovation in unexpected ways. I like to think I’m creating a future even my kids might use some day.”

Support, encourage, interact

“Life as a UI designer? Most of the time I work independently. But I can always turn to my team members for help and that all-important second opinion. We support each other, come up with new solutions together and interact through our work. Sharing the same office space with nice, friendly people also makes the grind part of any job more fun!”

“When it comes to my future, I meet with my managers regularly to discuss what I should be doing in terms of professional development and further learning. They know what they’re talking about because they’re right there, doing the same things I do.”

Changing an entire ecosystem

I’m currently working with a global automotive components manufacturer. They recently decided to create their own ecosystem for the car industry together with Symbio in an innovation lab. The cool part is that they entrusted us with everything – from system and software design to final testing.

If you are looking for launch your career with creative and innovative minds in a modern working environment, tick the Symbio box! You won’t regret it.

Want to know more about working in Symbio?

Get to know our company, culture and career opportunities at https://tick.symbio.com/

Symbio is a global innovation and R&D service partner with innovation centers in the United States, Finland and China. We help customers to develop high quality IoT solutions and digital services: solutions and services that have not been invented before. For more information about our references, take a look at our websites www.symbio.com/fi.

Welcome to Espoo – let’s develop the community together!

torsdag, augusti 30th, 2018

Why did you come to Finland?

I’ve heard that’s the question people with foreign background are most often asked here. I’m not going to ask that. Of course you came to Finland! It’s the happiest country in the world with top quality education and a super active student culture. We have fresh air, lush nature (and snow!), room to breathe and to develop yourself. Now it’s up to you to make the most of your journey in the land of Nokia, Rovio and Junction (all from Espoo, by the way)!

I’m especially happy you chose to study in Espoo! Espoo is the second largest city in Finland (with 279,044 inhabitans, to be precise) and you’re one of the about 18,500 students in town. Innovation is a word you cannot avoid when talking about Espoo – we’re home to the biggest innovation ecosystem in Northern Europe, Espoo Innovation Garden, and we were named the Most Intelligent Community in the World in 2018. Not bad, eh?

Maybe the best thing about the innovation ecosystem in Espoo is that it’s strongly based on the idea of cooperation, peer-support and community, so don’t hesitate to get involved. Your journey into the community might start in the student organizations, continue to the startup scene, evolve to masters thesis work at one of the research organizations or companies, and before you notice, you’ve decided to stay here. All it takes is a curious mind, an active attitude, and building your networks from the day one.

Espoo is one of the most international cities in Finland – currently home to 155 different nationalities. According to estimations, the amount of foreign language speakers in Espoo will double by 2030, when we’ll have 30% of the working age population not speaking Finnish or Swedish as their mother tongue. We encourage everyone to learn Finnish or Swedish, as it makes integration into the job market and into the society much easier, but we also want it to be easy to settle down in Espoo and to use the services you are entitled to as our resident.

In 2017, the city council made the decision to introduce English as one of the languages of service in Espoo. We’re the first city in Finland to do this, and as there is no guide book for a process this size, we need your help. Please share your ideas and experiences about public services (e.g. health care, libraries, sport venues) and help us develop a city that works for everyone. The survey is open until 10.9.2018.

Kiitos paljon, and once again, a warm welcome to Espoo. we’re happy you decided to study here!

Milla Ovaska

The writer works as the Head of International Affairs in the City of Espoo and her favourite lunch spot in Otaniemi is in Dipoli. See you around!

P.S. My colleagues at VisitEspoo would get angry at me if I forgot to mention how awesome nature and culture Espoo has! National park, island hopping, museums and activity parks can all be found at www.visitespoo.fi

Discovering new areas of comfort zone by sailing away from the safe harbor – My summer as a part of Tietolife

tisdag, februari 13th, 2018

I remember that one May morning as it was only yesterday: I sat in a lobby of Tieto Keilalahti HQ and waited for my first day of summer internship to begin. I felt extremely enthousiastic as my five months wait was finally over: at last it was the time to change the scenery from uni’s library and lecture halls into bustling and inspiring office life (which in this case is better known as #tietolife).

But in order to speak honestly, this feeling of being over the moon enthousiastic included a tiny twist inside my own head. As quietly in my mind I was wondering how I will adapt into one of the biggest IT companies in the Europe with background of a pure business student without any earlier experience on basically anything IT-related. And in that sense, I felt bit like sailing away of my own safe harbour and leaving on adventure to see where the limits of my comfort zone truly are. You never know if you never try, right? Nevertheless, those silly thoughts of mine were soon totally washed away as I became more familiar with the opportunities for people with a business background inside the company. Even though Tieto might fundamentally be a house of Software and Tech, it most certainly doesn’t mean that each of the job there is only an IT job. It’s also a house of Business understanding.

I listed below three main cornerstones of my summer, which enabled me to adapt into the tech world:

1) My work and the co-workers

I was instantly taken as a part of team: Already on my first workday, I participated in the meetings like any other of my co-workers. And when the first workweek was over, I had, for example, already spent two whole days in Sales Hackathon in Stockholm and learned valuable information of the Tieto’s Financial Services business and the unit that I just had recently joined as a Junior Sales Trainee. Right starting from my first day, I was for sure engrossed into the world of Fintech with various inspiring insights from many professionals of the field and I was also given multiple interesting and variating work assignments right from the beginning. I was also beyond lucky to get to work with talented and experienced people who were willing to share their expertise with me, as well as support and help me when learning and working with tech related stuff wasn’t always a bed of roses.

2) Tieto’s engagement to their trainees

Right starting from my first interview round it was made clear to me that Tieto invests in its trainees and wants me to succeed and develop together with them. This was also concretely proved to me during my summer internship: besides being given interesting tasks and good amount of responsibility, I was trusted and priviledged to see, experience and learn Tieto’s Financial Digital Channels business from various angles in order to explore where I could feel most at ”home”. I was also given an opportunity to continue working part-time besides of my studies and I was told about the future opportunities regarding my master’s thesis and my possible future career at Tieto.

3) Networks – People people and once more people

One of the most memorable event of my summer internship was the traditional Tieto Take-Off day, which gathers together all the new employees from the Nordics into a two-day seminar filled with different activities and interesting presentations – not to forget the event program in the Helsinki city center! That was the occasion where I finally met my fellow summer trainees and other newcomers, who provided me with invaluable peer support during the summer and as well offered perspective and familiarized me with the other units and businesses inside of Tieto. Or let alone all those afternoon coffee breaks spent with them on the sunny 8th floor rooftop terrace when the whole office was pretty much quiet during the busiest holiday season! One other very important perk of my Tietolife was also the network of Tieto Young Professionals that organizes a wide variety of different activities such as afterworks.

 

And if things like these won’t make you feel like at home at your new job, I most certainly don’t know what does! And when it comes to my initial setting as a bare-foot business student in the IT-company, I learned the most important thing: By stepping out of your assumed comfort zone might make you see that it’s even larger than you thought. And that’s also the best way to discover and acquire new perspectives and ways of thinking – and as a bonus: learning a lot about yourself is guaranteed!

 

Niina Hokkanen

M.Sc Economics Student

Passion Drives Success

måndag, december 11th, 2017

I have always been attracted by the success stories about self-made men: sportsmen, leaders, thinkers, entrepreneurs… you name it. An interesting observation from those stories is that even though they all have different starting points and a route, they appear to end successfully. After reading dozens of different stories I have understood at least one very simple rule: there isn’t a golden route to success. You should focus on things that you really love and desire, and trust it will lead to happiness.

Besides people, I find the same success factors meaningful for the companies. It maybe sounds naïve, but I think the reason for Accenture’s success, the company I am working for, is different kinds of passionate people with various backgrounds, worldviews, and skillsets. As a combination of skills, the company itself is greater than the sum of its parts.

My passion towards success stories stems from the time when I was a small city boy, who had major dreams but minor circles. Reading interesting stories gave me on the same time desire and perspective to carry on with a can-do attitude. I realized I would be the sum of my decisions and write my own story.

After graduation, I was sure I would head to business school, but otherwise, it was all blur. Studying went well, but I was more interested in overall learning than university grades. The practical business fascinated me more than theory and therefore I decided to start my own businesses. I left Vaasa after three years of studying and ever since, besides my master’s thesis, I have focused on practise; first in banking and currently in consulting. In a way, I perceive my current position as a result of different choices I have made earlier – “connecting the dots” as Steve Jobs has said.

From my point of view, I want to encourage everyone to try different fields in university and listen to internal passion instead of making things that external factors wish you to perform.

Have an efficient and passionate winter!

 

Juuso Pelkonen

Management Consulting Analyst, Financial Services

M.Sc. (Industrial Management), University of Vaasa

Framtiden tar form i städerna

onsdag, september 13th, 2017

För två år sedan kunde jag inte ens föreställa mig att jobba för staden. Bakom mig har jag ett brokigt arbetsliv med många olika uppgifter från försäljning och marknadsföring till affärsutveckling, konsultarbete och ledningsforskning både i hemlandet och på internationella arenor. Jag har också en tvärvetenskaplig utbildningsbakgrund – jag är ekonomie magister från Aaltos handelshögskola och teknologie doktor från institutionen för produktionsekonomi i Otnäs. Trots detta kände jag ingen från arbets- eller studielivet som skulle ha tillämpat sitt affärs- och ledningsrelaterade kunnande inom kommunsektorn. När jag höll på att finslipa min avhandling om innovationsledning och funderade på framtida arbetsgivarkandidater kom jag främst att tänka på globala storföretag och aktörer inom statsförvaltningen.

Då stötte jag på en platsannons som helt förändrade mitt sätt att tänka. Esbo stad sökte en näringschef med ansvar för att utveckla ett ekosystem för innovationer och företagsamhet samt leda komplicerade samarbetsnätverk. Uppgifterna skulle innebära en möjlighet att både delta i det övergripande strategiarbetet och jobba bland gräsrötterna för att förbättra förutsättningarna för företagande och arbete. Jag bestämde mig för att söka och fick också jobbet.

Det var utan tvivel det bästa beslutet jag hittills fattat under min karriär.

Finland urbaniseras i något långsammare takt än andra motsvarande länder, men för tillfället ändå mycket snabbt. Befolkningen koncentreras allt tätare i de områden där servicen är lättillgänglig och där framtidslösningar utvecklas och tillämpas först. Det finns inte många sådana områden i ett land av Finlands storlek. Till exempel producerar huvudstadsregionen upp till hälften av hela landets export av tjänster. Det är fråga om en global trend – vi människor håller till slut på att bli en urban art. För den som vill stå i händelsernas centrum och knyta kontakter på gräsrotsnivå till centrala offentliga, privata, lokala och internationella aktörer finns inget bättre ställe än en växande stad.

Och Esbo växer – närmare bestämt har befolkningen under de senaste 50 åren mer än tiodubblats. Det är en ofattbart snabb takt. Den befolkning som bor här är speciell – den högst utbildade, friskaste och vid sidan av Helsingfors och Vanda mest internationella i Finland. Inom en omkrets av några kvadratkilometer från Otnäs finns en förtätning av forsknings- och utvecklingsverksamhet som saknar motsvarighet i Nordeuropa.

Esbos befolkning 1980–2015 och projektionsalternativ fram till 2050.

På ett sådant arbetsfält och i dessa tider behövs kvicka generalister som förstår olika aktörers behov och mål och kan jämka ihop dem. Man måste kunna hantera en ytterst snabb förändringstakt men också agera strategiskt på en mycket lång sikt som stäcker sig över årtionden. Det krävs utmärkta interaktions- och kommunikationsfärdigheter. Jag vet att ekonomutbildningen utgör en utmärkt grund för dessa uppgifter eftersom den är branschövergripande och utmanande. Därför rekommenderar jag särskilt ekonomistuderandena att i framtiden hålla ett bättre öga på städernas rekrytering, som tidigare kanske upplevts som osexig. Framtiden tar form i städerna.

Välkommen till Otnäs och Esbo, den mest hållbara staden i Europa och den mest innovativa staden i Finland.

 

Harri Paananen

Näringschef, Esbo stad

harri.paananen@espoo.fi

 

Why Small and Medium Enterprises Need to Focus on Internationalization of Workforce

tisdag, augusti 22nd, 2017

In this blog post Alok Jain from AYY’s Corporate Relations section writes about the internationalization of Small and Medium Enterprises and how AYY aims to boost it by arranging My Career in Finland event for the international talent of the Aalto community.

In Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) internationalization of workforce might not be a priority. Usually, the need for the international workforce is felt when SMEs venture into a new market or when it requires specific skills. However, internationalization of workforce in SMEs can prove to be much more useful. In today’s turbulent industrial environment, internationalization can help SMEs in its survival and early recognition of opportunities.

SMEs ride on the wave of turbulence that exists in today’s business environment. The business environment of almost all the industry is changing at a fast pace and it is not going to stop in near future. Change is real and it is coming! The success of most of the SMEs today may be attributed to their ability to foresee opportunities in turbulence and capitalize on it. Consequently, it can be said with utmost certainty, that survival and success of SMEs in future will depend on its ability to ride the wave of turbulence in the respective industry. In such business environment, stability or equilibrium is the precursor to death. Organizational stability is the greatest risk for which SMEs need to plan its strategy. Strategic planning in a complex and unforeseen environment is always a difficult task, however; the positive aspect of a complex environment is that it has the capacity to self-organize! Therefore, to avoid organizational stability, it just needs to be disturbed! The dots do connect, and connect for better if the lattice is disturbed in just the right way!

This is achieved because bounded instability is the breeding ground for innovation. A perfectly stable organizational environment does not generate innovative solutions, nor does a highly chaotic one. A right mix of chaos can instill the capability to innovate. The right mix of chaos can disturb the organizational lattice and reorganize it with innovation! The right mix of chaos can help SMEs survive in the turbulent business environment. The right mix of chaos has always been a key for survival; it is the law of nature. Nature has created diversity to induce right mix of chaos and help survival. The species without diversity among it is the most vulnerable to external threat. This is because a lack of diversity makes it easier for external agents to plan their move against such species.

This is true for organizations as well. People are the chromosomes of organizations. People are the genetic material of the organization that creates diversity and induces right mix of chaos! Such diversity within the organization makes them less vulnerable to turbulent business environment. Internationalization of workforce, thus, is an urgent need of SMEs.

True, SMEs can hire international people to achieve this objective, but here’s the rub: this alone is not sufficient to bring the required diversity and right mix of chaos. The existing social order and organizational culture act as ‘antibodies’ to neutralize the advantage of diversity. Internationalization of workforce can be achieved when the organizational culture allows accommodating different opinions and encourages personal development.

To facilitate this AYY is organizing a career event targeted to international members of the community with the name ‘My Career in Finland’ on the 21st November of 2017. The event is expected to see participation from 400 international students representing 95 different nationality. The event features different career related workshops, talks and networking opportunity with companies. Register an employer stand at the event now! Follow this link to know more about the event.

Alok Jain
AYY’s Corporate Relations Section


Blog text Adapted from Pascale, R.T. ‘Surfing the edge of chaos’, Sloan management review, 1999.
http://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/surfing-the-edge-of-chaos/

#StudentsofFinland: Collaboration, community spirit and it’s-up-to-us attitude can spark buzz in an unobvious sector of Finnish economy.

tisdag, oktober 18th, 2016

Finland constantly secures itself a top place on the lists of best places to do business. However, this doesn’t seem to translate into growth as our national economy figures have been dismal for years and no change can be seen in the near future. We are Erika & Lauri, two Aalto students currently doing our small bit, as we joined last year a new community of people who believe changing this is in our hands. After having previous experience from e.g. student association roles, management consulting, startup buzz (“PÖHINÄ”) and think-tanks, this community was a natural continuation and an interesting mix of the different worlds.

We work currently at Kasvuryhmä, or ‘Growth Collective Finland’ — a community of 190 Finnish CEOs, chairmen and entrepreneurs of “not-so-small-anymore” companies with revenue between 10-1000 mEUR looking to turn their companies into growth gear. Our young non-profit venture was established 2 years ago, when 30 Finnish entrepreneurs and business leaders decided it was time to unlock the potential within the unobvious backbone of the Finnish economy, the midsized companies.

We know what you’re thinking — this sounds like your run-of-the-mill networking club or society for business leaders to sit and drink coffee together behind closed doors. While most of what we do is only amongst our members, we are by no means a club. Rather — a movement. Our members believe it’s up to them make growth happen. This means no more incremental efficiency improvements or repeating old recipes, but rather brave new business from fresh ideas and the global markets.

We call our members the hidden champions of our economy — and to be honest, we didn’t know much about them before we started working with them. However, they are a very valuable part of our economy: they make up the vast majority of our resources, patents, jobs and capital. Not much is spoken of them, but we think everyone should be aware of them. Not only because these everyday businesses, ranging from manufacturers of industrial products to IT and surprisingly familiar consumer brands, will eventually do the heavy lifting in revitalizing our economy. But also because of the power and excitement that is brewing amongst them – and we are personally amazed by the potential present in the community!

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Our members have all pledged to double their revenues in the next 5 years. This may not sound like much, but for companies with turnovers between 10-1000 MEUR, this is huge. More interestingly actually, the excitement that you hear when talking to our members is even better. Kasvuryhmä members exhibit a very un-Finnish, tangible thrill to start changing the way they do business. In a corporate culture where failure is often scary and questioning the status quo is ill-advised, these companies are redefining and crystallizing their purposes, taking brave leaps into new technology and thinking about how to become the best in the world at what they do.

Needless to say, we recommend our peer students at Aalto and all #StudentsofFinland to have a look at mid-sized growth companies as job opportunities. Even if you have heard of these companies before, they may not be on top of your mind when thinking about potential future employers. There are two reasons. First, it is reality that many “hidden champions” of Finland are not that good at promoting themselves (how typical Finnish, right?). In addition, they simply don’t have similar resources and employer branding clout as large-cap corporations and global professional services companies – many of which are present on campus almost daily.

But we aim at changing that, because in few places do the best parts of the entrepreneurial startup culture combine with the ample resources of established bigger players. Getting on board their growth journeys will guarantee responsibility from early on and a chance to test your wings in an environment where everyday decisions have actual scale!

Erika Noponen, 4th year economics major

Lauri Mikkola, “Soon-to-graduate” industrial engineering and management major

 

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Day 7 with Tsinghua: Finnish business and farewell to our friends

onsdag, augusti 31st, 2016

Theme for the last day of Tsinghua University student visit was Finnish companies and business. We visited Metso, a big Finnish exchange-listed machinery company serving eg. mining, construction, oil and gas, pulp, paper and process industries and Supercell, a successful gaming company behind HayDay and Clash of Clans. The day was concluded by a happy farewell dinner with our friends.

Our visit at Metso began with a bus ride to Metso Flow Control facility at Hakkila, Vantaa where the primary manufacturing focus is on valves. We were welcomed by the Head of Offering Management Taina Rajala who introduced us to the company.

The visit continued with an interesting tour at the manufacturing floor. Robots picking up components to be assembled into products verified the vision of a modern and progressive facility and company. One other thing that really caught our Chinese friends’ attention was the safety of all personnel, which was visible all around the facility. Even though most of our group weren’t previously familiar with the technology, there was a great deal of interesting things to see. It was our common opinion that Metso would certainly be an interesting and attractive employer.

Our visitor group at Metso Flow Control facility in Vantaa. Safety first!

Our visitor group at Metso Flow Control facility in Vantaa. Safety first!

After Metso we visited Supercell at their HQ in Ruoholahti. This was one of the most anticipated visits for our guests and they had a lot of user feedback and suggestions about the successful Clash Royale mobile game. During the visit we were told about the ideology around which the whole company is built: best people make best games. It was interesting to see the freedom and independence of the Supercell. For example the CEO Ilkka Paananen has little power on what the teams decide to do and people are free to switch teams. We want to thank our AYY board alumni Janne Peltola for hosting the visit!

CEO Ilkka Paananen was also one of the founding members of the hugely successful and international Slush startup event so it was only natural to invite Slush members Josefiina Kotilainen and Olga Balakina along to tell our guests what it is all about. The Aalto University Startup ecosystem intrigued us a lot and our Chinese friends found it especially interesting how large portion of it is accomplished volunteers and students.

Taste of super awesome mobile gaming atmosphere at Supercell!

Taste of super awesome mobile gaming atmosphere at Supercell!

In the evening we had to bid our dear friends farewell. We had a nice dinner and finnish dishes including roast reindeer, meatballs and salmon. The entire week was over very fast with interesting program and interesting people. It was very nice to get to know our guests and to know that the connection between us and our student unions will last.

AYY would like to thank Tsinghua Student Union for precious gifts and our partner Metso for support!