I tried to have a chill hobby but ended up developing myself, by accident!
When I was 16, I let my hair grow long and bought a guitar.
The album Luihin ja ytimiin by the metal band Mokoma was the crucial point: I had to start composing metal music and enjoy the benefits brought on by being in a band. One of the most important benefits was the opportunity to hang out in the band rehearsal space located in the city centre.
I never knew that, in reality, I was every employer’s dream employee: the embodiment of efficiency who ruthlessly developed himself into a better employee.
As a band leader, you learn leadership skills when managing a team of six people, I aimed to encourage my troops towards the next gig or recording session. It improved my project management skills when I had to anticipate the ongoing projects of other team members when creating the schedules (going to the gym, hanging out with girlfriend, a world championship ice hockey game that can’t be missed).
On Sundays, I had a chance of training my skill of giving motivational speeches when the band’s only member from out of town was the only one at the rehearsals when all the local musicians were still catching Zs.
I learned about the results of distinguishable marketing, however false it was, when our friends’ band told me that they got a gig at a bar in Seinäjoki by writing “Free beer” in the e-mail subject line. Other things I’ve learned: video editing, basics of recording technology, social media marketing, organising events and so forth.
Well, during this era of maximising efficiency, I want to emphasise this, above all: The main purpose of a hobby is to relax and empty your head.
Surprisingly often, a hobby can make you more relaxed and also turn you into a more interesting employee for an employer. I also recommend bringing out the skills accumulated during hundreds of hours of hobbies in your CV and job interview.
Text: Jarmo Panula – The writer has worked as a journalist at Yle and Helsingin Sanomat.