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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Third-level education allows you to learn and practice skills that are needed to tackle the constantly changing demands of modern working life. What kind of skills are required from future professionals? What kind of skills can you learn through your studies to help you succeed in working life?

The jobs and careers of the future are often depicted as fragmented and the labour market is expected to be divided into tasks that are performed either globally or locally. In the future, experts will be aided by automation, and they will carry out their tasks in the constantly changing and often uncertain world of project work. Members of multidisciplinary teams will combine their different competencies to solve various problems, and the development of working life and modern working environments also require new additions to the skillsets available in the workforce.

“When we are no longer able to solve the questions related to work while sitting alone by our desks, we will need collaboration, which requires communication,” states Tarja Valkonen, senior lecturer at the University of Jyväskylä.

The studies provide students with a foundation for developing their skills further, and Valkonen considers it particularly important that education offers a good basic understanding of the significance of communication competence and skills in working life. Valkonen regards communication skills as an essential part of professional competence.

Listen, and don’t be afraid of conflicts

Experts work in teams every day and problem-solving is an essential part of the job. To ensure that your expertise is more than just invisible capital, you need argumentation skills, i.e. the ability to express your thoughts in a clear and well-grounded manner. In addition, you need to be able to ask the other team members to state their views, even the most critical ones. When trying to discover the best possible solution by taking advantage of multidisciplinary knowledge, the ability to ask questions is essential – not to mention the ability to listen to the answers.

“Working life requires high-quality listening skills that enable you to listen intensively and attentively while keeping an open mind to what the others are saying. You can also ponder whether you could learn something from their way of understanding things.”

According to Valkonen, even challenging situationscan be faced with the right attitude.

“Conflicts are an essential part of all human interaction. We have to deal with small conflicts and problem-solving all the time. It’s just a matter of how we view them.”

“In working life, when something is wrong, you often hear people casually refer to communication like it’s some kind of mystical personal chemistry. But usually it’s about lacking some aspect of communication skills, and that’s definitely something you can improve. Education is one of the best tools for that.”

 

Text: Suvi Mononen
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What do world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking and Pekka Hyysalo, former freestyle skier and founder of the FightBack brand, have in common? Both are excellent examples of what you can do with good self-management. Instead of focusing on what they cannot do, Stephen and Pekka have chosen to focus on what is possible.

HR professionals interviewed for the Diversity Barometer of the Finnish Institute for Occupational Health (2016) agreed that self-management is the one area in which young jobseekers need to improve the most. Self-management usually makes you think of self-discipline and meeting deadlines. Although it’s true that they are related to self-management, they are a result of good self-management rather than a part of its essence.

Self-management is essentially about identifying your own feelings, acknowledging your own competence and, above all, believing in your own skills. In other words, a master of self-management has a well-defined sense of who they are, what they can do and where they are going.

When your self-image is realistic, your goals are clear and you are confident in your skills, your self-management will become apparent in your actions, often as an ability to meet deadlines and schedule your activities appropriately.

How you use your time speaks of your values

In addition to your work and career, self-management has an impact on all aspects of life, such as leisure time and personal relationships. How you spend your time also says a lot about what you value in life. When was the last time you thought about whether your goals and activities match? Do you spend time every day to advance on the path to your goals?

If your values and goals aren’t clear, you may end up underachieving or exerting yourself. Sometimes it’s a good idea to stop and think about what you value the most in life, and how much time you actually spend on those things. When it comes to setting goals, you often think about accomplishments that are related to your career or studies. However, the goal to spend an entire day doing nothing without feeling guilty about it can be just as important.

Our culture of tight schedules and efficiency emphasises goals that are related to work and studies. As a result, goals related to leisure and wellbeing are often ignored. At worst, this may result in reduced innovativeness and motivation and then lead to exhaustion, which, in turn, affects the efficiency of your work.

Overtraining will keep athletes from achieving their best. The same applies in the working life – healthy and happy employees make the most efficient employees.

Improve your skills in self-management:

• Think about what it is that you most enjoy about your work or your studies. Which skills would you like to improve? What about your leisure activities?
• For a few days, make a list of everything you do during the days. Compare the items of the list to the results of the previous point. Do they match?
• Start your day by thinking about the most important goal of the day. What is the one thing you would like to accomplish? Remember to feel proud of yourself if you do reach your goal during the day!
• Write down a to-do list of all the unfinished tasks in your mind. In the morning, check the list to see which tasks you can finish today. Divide bigger tasks into smaller parts. This allows you to strike something out on the list every day, making you feel more in control of your life.
• Set a clear limit to when your working or study hours end and your leisure time begins. This will increase the efficiency of your work and make your free hours more enjoyable.

 

Text: Anni Laine
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