My name is Rosa and I am studying International Business at Seamk. I am from Central Finland and moved to Seinäjoki for my studies. I am finishing my studies in the end of this year and all I have left to do is my internship and my thesis.
I will be spending the next five months here at Xport and I’m excited to work in such an international company. I have been in exchange twice, once in Mexico and once in Spain and I love to travel, and I believe that continuing to spend time in an international environment will be not only very helpful, but also fun. This is my first time working in my own field and I am happy to have this opportunity to learn and see what it is like to work here.
Rosa Ojala, International BBA Student, Seinäjoki UAS
Aatu demonstrating how “…an intern’s individual skills and interests are taken into consideration…”
Five months go by so quickly. It feels like it was yesterday I started my internship with Xport.
Before my internship I had no work experience in the field of business. I doubted my skills, but I was convinced by the good people at Xport that I’d get the hang of things.
Xport doesn’t have a uniform internship program, and an intern’s individual skills and interests are taken into consideration when giving out tasks. Having no experience in business, I was open to try any kind of work Xport had to offer. During these five months, I’ve experienced working on market researches, telemarketing, social media marketing, translations and website updates.
Frami F iltakuva – Picture by Pasi Ahola
This post is adapted from an earlier article in the online magazine ‘Ostrobothnia in English‘ written at the end of April 2015.
In a recent episode of my podcast, the Explore Finland Radio Show, I visited Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK). It was interesting to speak to a couple of international students who had travelled to Finland to study, either short-term or an entire degree course. Hearing their experiences of moving to Finland, it was good to compare and contrast with my own.
Lien listening, at a Piristeel hosted Vientikilta event
The third and final month of my work placement has finally come to an end. The chaos of learning my way around the place and everything as a new experience is slowing down, as I have finally settled down into the company. My own routine has developed, and while I am constantly learning and experiencing new things, this work environment no longer feels unfamiliar. I am able to go to business or networking events and feel like I am representing Xport with confidence. And still, after having been away from the office, I can come back knowing that there is work waiting for me at my desk.
I have been with Xport, now, for two months. With March coming to an end, my experiences with Xport have only developed and grown, along with the company. As well as regular office work, I regularly make local company visits, involving several different industries, such as machinery, agricultural, and food and beverage. I also attended a logistics forum, where topical discussions about Seinäjoki becoming a Nordic logistics center were held.
I started at Xport at the beginning of February after a long search for work. I started a work placement with goals that had been discussed beforehand. I’m finding that I’m able to offer much more than that, as Xport’s needs and opportunities have grown tremendously during the past month alone. Not only am I able to benefit Xport during these times, but they have offered me a whirlwind of experiences that one would rarely find in a typical office setting.