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.

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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.

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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.
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A student starting out their studies at a university is facing many new things. Moving to a new city and learning the academic study pace may burden the student’s mind.

According to Pia Partanen, Study Psychologist at the University of Oulu, many great variables enter the life of a young person at once, which may be confusing and stressful.

“Even when the changes are interesting for the student, they are also stressful. Not all students understand that. However, you should keep in mind that routines are created and after the first year, many new things don’t put such a strain on you anymore.”

One big change for a student is finding a new group of friends, and befriending new people may be socially challenging for many. Partanen feels that tutor activities in small groups are a great way of entering the social circles at the university. Tutors can tell the students about different clubs and associations available for students at the university.

“Integrating in the student community and identifying with your field of study is not easy for all, and loneliness may be a great challenge at these times. Fitting into the crowd is a big thing. One factor promoting studies is that a student feels they are part of a certain group.”

When summer or graduation approach, moving on to a professional career may be nerve-racking for students.

“It’s good to be aware of the workplace etiquette and the operating culture of your own field. The workplace may have expectations when it comes to dress code, for instance. But always keep in mind that you have been selected as you are.”

 

Students spend more and more time online.

In the Finnish Student Health Survey of 2016, 25 per cent of students said that using the Internet hinders their studies.

However, online and social media form a big part of modern interaction. Partanen states that students must be able to take control of their own use of the Internet,if too much time is spent online.

“Finding a balance is crucial for a student managing their everyday life. Many students work first and play or use social media only after that, as a sort of reward for completed work. If you spend too much time online, it easily transforms as not getting anything done in your studies and everyday life.”

 

Text: Ville Perttula
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It’s again that time of the year when students are cramming for the final exams of the term, the first flowers are starting to bloom and everyone’s digging out summer clothes from their wardrobes. May, at the latest, brings with it spring and thoughts turn almost compulsively from studying towards summer and summer jobs. Summer will be here surprisingly quickly, and many start their summer jobs already in May. The atmosphere in late spring is often a little tense but, above all, full of expectation.

A summer job is an excellent opportunity to develop your own skills and competence as a future expert. It’s good to take a moment think about the related thoughts and expectations in advance. A summer job is also an opportunity for employers to meet students and offer an opportunity to get to know the industry, its professionals and working environments.

TEK conducts an annual student survey that maps out what kinds of issues are important for students in questions related to studying and summer jobs. The survey from 2017 shows that 83% of students of technology had a summer job. Students succeeded primarily in finding summer jobs from their own field as only 12% worked in jobs that were not related to the field of their studies.

In all, 37% of the respondents found it easy to find a summer job. However, finding a summer job is not always a piece of cake and it takes patience. As a result, a third of students of technology experienced that it was difficult or extremely difficult to find a summer job.

What to expect from a summer job?

Summer jobs have many benefits but students experienced that there are few noticeably beneficial factors above others. The most important reasons for working were financial factors, developing own competence and advancing career goals. A large share of students have had their expectations met when it comes to summer jobs, as more than 80% feel that working in the summer was an advantage for reaching their career goals. The results clearly indicate that summer jobs are experienced to be very significant and most should be made of them.

It’s good to think of your own expectations before starting a summer job. Set yourself objectives for your summer job in order to get as good an experience as possible. Also remember that all work is meaningful and important. Teekkarin Työkirja recommends an open and positive attitude as the best tool of a summer employee. If you have not yet scored a summer job, keep your eyes open and look around for last-minute summer job opportunities. Also remember that you can always develop your own skills and competence also outside of summer jobs!

All work is beneficial

A summer job is an important experience for a student, and it often comes with many expectations. Although students hope for summer jobs corresponding to the field of their studies, you should keep in mind that all work is significant. Some of the students are lucky and score a job in their own field but unfortunately, there aren’t enough jobs for everyone. It’s good to understand that the modern world values different kinds of work experience, and that this kind of experience and understanding of different jobs is a great strength.

Payday, experience and learning new things

Työkirja conducted a quick poll for students at the end of April. We charted their expectations related to summer jobs. The poll gave similar results as the student survey. The respondents await payday the most, which is completely understandable, as it’s important to receive compensation for your work. However, salary is more than just compensation for your work. With it, students can pay their rent and, in the best case scenario, a holiday abroad or the expenses related to hobbies.

The second most-awaited thing was accumulating work experience. Work experience is an essential part of your competence, and students feel that gaining it is very valuable. Learning new things, challenges and responsibility were also expectations related to summer jobs.

Students hope that summer jobs offer a good amount of challenges and experiences of being responsible, but also finding new working life contacts is important. In your summer job, keep in mind that it’s an excellent opportunity for networking in working life.

Text: Eetu Viitasalo
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Four friends start a journey to find The Wizard of Oz. Each of them seeks something personally important. The Scarecrow hopes to get a brain. The Tinman desires a heart for his metal chest. The Lion is in desperate need of courage. Dorothy’s dream is simple: she wants to return to her home in Kansas.

Tornado took Dorothy and her dog Toto and dropped them all the way to Oz. The dynamic duo meets the Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion. They get to know each other, they walk together along the Yellow Brick Road and look for important answers. The great insight of the journey is that the answers do not come from the Wizard: the answers are within the ourselves.

Brain, heart and courage are useful at work, not only when taking adventures

During studies, knowledge and skills are accumulated in the brain. Working brings a valuable practical experience of your own field. The brain is filled with useful material.

By listening to your heart, you can find what is important to you: values, people, and activities. With the help of your heart you will find your own direction.

Courage is something between fear and cowardice. Courage must be adjusted according to the situation. Sometimes less is enough, sometimes more courage is needed. Without courage it is hard to experience new things and situations. Learning happens outside your comfort zone.

Teekkarin työkirja encourages you to use your brains, heart and courage when you are looking for a job in 2018. We wish you the best of luck!

Text: Sari Taukojärvi
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