Life, the Blog and Everything

This summer, my first working for Metso, started off with a pleasant surprise when I first set foot in the office: my name was already on the door! This being my first time doing legitimate office work, you can imagine the pride I took for the accomplishment of having those letters printed somewhere people can see them. I was finally going to be doing something that requires using your brain muscles, very much unlike all the cleaning, loading and lifting work I’ve done on earlier summers. Oh joy!

Now I’ve been working here for six weeks and the product development project I have been and will be wrestling with for the duration of my traineeship is finally beginning to unravel and clarify itself. I’ve also started to get accustomed to the office-lifestyle: excessive daily sitting-times, sweating only when walking up to the 3rd floor right after lunch, and the overwhelming chaos of my desk. Still joyful!

Office work? Sure!

But why blog? A friend of mine once cited a citation cited on a lecture she took:

“How can I know what I think until I see what I’ve written?” (C.A. Foster)

Besides wanting to accomplish this citeception, I can also say that my motives for writing here and now lie within this aphorism. I can have things wander around inside my head for days and not make any sense of them, but whenever I make these thoughts tangible, whether it is by writing, drawing or photography, they can suddenly become crystal clear. I’m very into communicating in all of its aspects: plain old face-to-face talking, chatting, non-verbal stuff like dance, photography and art in general, visual media, music and all the other ways I don’t yet know. A pessimist might view it as awfully selfish to be doing this out of my own will to keep improving, but in the end isn’t that the only reason one would want to challenge himself?

Plus I feel like I and the other bloggers could make this into something real cool.

Even if it requires lots of bad humor and crazyish photos.

Antti Surma-aho
Summer trainee, Product development
Jyväskylä, Finland

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A love story

Well hello! This is my first but surely not last blog entry for this summer: the game is on! As a Metso trainee I am proud to be one of the bloggers here at We @ Metso -blog. I hope my posts will provide you something to think about, add some sparkle for the summer weeks and hopefully amuse you. But first, let me tell you something about myself and what I do at Metso as a trainee.

I´m a studying education and next semester I will start my Master´s at the University of Tampere, School of Education. To be specific I will actually graduate also to a class teacher´s profession (you know, to work with the kids at the elementary). I am also studying courses and studies which are related to multiculturalism, diversity and sustainability in development. Maybe that´s something I can write to you in the future. And what on earth am I doing here at Metso?

It was love at first sight. It all started five years back when I graduated from the military. After the service I ended up working at the Metso Minerals Tampere. Minerals Tampere post is located at Hatanpää area very next to the heart of the city. As I am a big fan of Tampere, you can be sure that you will hear more about the great city of Tampere also known as the Manchester of Finland. Anyways, funny thing was that I started my first summer at Metso with three other guys who, eventually, became my best friends. We still from time-to-time talk about our time at Minerals and how we had a blast back then.

After several months of hard work at the Minerals I had to say goodbye to Metso because of my upcoming studies. But little did I know that in the future I would see a lot more Metso, rock, spare parts, rock (again), forklifts and summers at Metso than I had in mind.

This is now my fourth summer in total here at Metso Minerals Tampere and I´m enjoying every bit of it! I still do. From the very beginning my love story with Metso started at the Distribution Center (DC) spare parts warehouse. At the warehouse I have done almost everything you can imagine to do at this size of warehouse: packing, collecting items, driving forklifts, receiving goods, loading and unloading trucks and so on. One thing which has kept my interest is the fact that I can improve and develop my own personal work every summer. That has kept my mind fresh and open for new challenges and ideas. I have also a great honor to work with the best of the best.

Every summer I am amazed about the warehouse team: how they always after a year apart welcome me back and treat me as a fulltimer. It´s always great to come back, shake hands, throw a joke and then start an interesting and rewarding summer at Metso Minerals Tampere.

It´s truly been a love story to remember.

Jaakko Vuorio

Summer trainee, Logistics

Tampere, Finland

The show is on – Welcome to follow Metso’s Summer Trainee blog 2013!

We are happy to let you know, Metso’s summer trainee blog will start again with new group of bloggers taking the lead. Idea of the blog will remain the same – we will give you guys a chance to read what Metso’s summer trainee’s life is all about. We are a nice group of 4 doing the main blogging and I’m pretty sure we will have a nice mixture of styles and stories coming up in following few months. However, we will present ourselves to you properly during the next week, but first we are going to enjoy the Finnish midsummer week-end!!
So briefly little bit more about the hot potato of the day… It was interesting how many people in the bus had a backpack or suitcase with them this morning and how everyone seemed happier and more relaxed than usually on Thursdays. Now after 2pm some of the office tables are getting empty and “backpackers” are heading to the main door – time to hit the road fellows!
All of the people, who I have talked to around here, are heading out of town to summer cabins somewhere in Finland with friends or family. I am one of them – my trip will go slowly (must love the midsummer traffic jams…) trough south of Finland, up until north of Savo where my friend has a summer cabin in Sonkajärvi. I am so ready for this – all day/all nigh sun shine (yes, I tend to think positively), BBQ, swimming in the lake, sauna, playing outdoor games and of course to the company of amazing individuals called friends.
Well, I better start thinking of heading out as well… Few more things to do at the office and then I am ready to hop into the car and wait my friend to drive whole 550km to the cabin (only few people understand the beauty of being a bad driver…). Sweet!
Midsummer party or not, I wish all of you will have a great week-end and once more, welcome to follow Metso’s summer trainee Blog! Don’t forget to check out our presentations next week!!!
Hyvää Juhannusta!!

Jenni Falck
Summer Trainee, Automation Marketing
Vantaa, Finland