Insight from Germany

Summer trainee Mai-Lan Röllig

The secret of success is to understand the point of view of others. Come together is the beginning, stay together is a progress and work together is success.
Das Geheimnis des Erfolges ist, den Standpunkt des anderen zu verstehen.Zusammenkommen ist ein Beginn, zusammenbleiben ist ein Fortschritt, zusammenarbeiten ist ein Erfolg.
-Henry Ford-

Summer trainee Mai-Lan praises her work and colleagues at Pfungstadt

“Helpful colleagues, harmoniously atmosphere and challenging tasks,” sums up summer trainee Mai-Lan Röllig, 28, her experiences at Pfungstadt location in Germany.

Let Mai-Lan tell about her experiences:

“This summer I took the opportunity to complete my internship, a part of my study (Bachelor of Business Administration), at Metso Paper Pfungstadt in Germany. The goal of this course is to transfer the theory of studying, in the practice and of course to collect new practical experience in a company that is acting worldwide.

Particularly important for me in terms of my specialization in the study, are the areas of HR and Controlling.

…to put it in a nutshell, the value of a company depends on its employees and their performance.”

Collegial, friendly and helpful atmosphere

“My superiors at the workplace are Doris Fischer (HR) and Frank Merl (Controlling). I can learn and support them in their daily work.

Pfungstadt has round about 70 employees, which are employed for different areas of Metso Paper. My first impression in the service center was impressive – the very collegial, friendly and helpful atmosphere and the interaction among the employees conspicuous me directly positive.

“My reaction to the Metso philosophy, which includes an employee oriented engagement next to other principles, was very positive. Especially when I noticed that this principle of management would transfer into the practice. Here it is clear that through an extraordinary commitment from Metso, the employee satisfaction is a significant amount of success.

I learned that this employee satisfaction is supported by the different areas of Human Resources (development, care, management, planning) as well as a positive corporate culture.

Particularly in relation to me, I can work every day with friendly and helpful colleagues, who are also willing to share their knowledge with me. In addition my work contents are interesting, challenging and practice-oriented.

THANK YOU for this very useful experience that I could make at the internship.

Furthermore I would recommend each student which has to complete an internship, to choose Metso. The harmoniously atmosphere and the creation of a link with the theory of the study and practice of working life are only two reasons of my recommendation…the other advantages the new trainees have to find out by themselves.”

Mai-Lan Röllig

Internship at Metso Paper Pfungstadt (Germany) at the period of time 15.7.- 30.9.2013

Advertisements

Autumn Leaves

Soundtrack: Chet Baker & Paul Desmond: Autumn Leaves (from the album Together)

Have you heard about Finnish midsummer when the sun won´t go down at all? Well it´s the opposite during the winter.

Yep. Autumn is coming fast. Here in Finland, at the Northern premises of Europe, days are turning out shorter than they were a month ago. The sun escapes from us earlier day by day and it doesn´t rise as early as it used to.  We are preparing ourselves for the windy autumn which eventually leads us to a long, frosty and snowy winter.  Get your D -vitamin cans ready!

“The Land of Extremes”, that´s what they say about the Finnish seasons. We have approximately three months of summer which (if lucky) can turn out to be warm and sunny time of the year. September is the turning point when we are forced to wear jackets, rubber boots and gloves. Those who adore warmth may even wear long johns.

First the trees are turning their leaves in colors of yellow, red, orange and rust before they drop them all to the ground leaving the trees pale and naked. Birds are abandoning us and they are flying to Gran Canaria for the winter. Some of our pensioners does the same. I don´t blame them: the winter really gets to your bones.

How do you survive such a cold weather, long dark days and chilly mornings knowing that the dawn is 9 am and the dusk 4 pm? I have created a list of things you can do in order to survive from the windy and rainy autumn and “arschkalt” winter:

  1. HOPE. The summer is coming every year. You have to hope that some day there will be warmth again, people are not wearing parka jackets and every freaking lake is not frozen. There will be light!
  2. HOBBY. Autumn is THE best time of the year to start something new. A new hobby keeps your mind fresh and out of the reality what is happening with our weather and nature. If you´re an enthusiastic runner, say hello to a running mat!
  3. GET ENTERTAINED. Stay close to your friends and family and do something entertaining with them. Go to a movie, visit an art exhibition, make food together or just chill out and concentrate on the people and things you love.
  4. TRAVEL. If you just can´t stand the weather in Finland, book a flight by your choosing and make yourself comfortable in somewhere else.

There´s also another way to survive: get used to it and enjoy! Autumn is the time of mushrooms which we have a lot in our beautiful forests. For instance funnel chanterelle is the perfect choice for risotto. And if you´re like me and like running, the Autumn is my favorite time for a long run because the weather is not too hot and not too cold. Occasional rains may occur but hey, it´s just water! When the winter comes it´s time for cross country skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing and ice swimming! It´s just the way how you look at it.

For me the autumn and winter brings tons of cool new experiences and old classics (such as ice swimming). It´s really the time of the year when you can feel how the nature is transforming it´s camouflage and preparing itself to something new. Maybe we should just follow mother nature´s example, update our wardrobe and take a fresh start with something new and exciting.

Jaakko Vuorio

Summer Trainee
Tampere, Finland

PS. This was my last post for the Metso Trainee Blog this summer. I´m continuing my studies at the University of Tampere and starting my Master´s studies in education and social research. Thank you all for reading and have a great autumn!

Out there and elsewhere : Brasil

Last week we read about Ireland, China and Qatar and now it is time to change the direction and go over the Atlantic to Brasil. Juha Yli-Petäys is just coming back from Brasil after working there for 2 years. So next, lets let him tell how he ended up there and how was it…

800px-WorldMap_svg
I have been working in Metso now over 14 years. My work has included different positions in R&D as well as marketing and now I’m closing 2 years work period carried out in Brasil and moving back to Finland. In Brasil I was part of our local Flow Control sales team. I was still officially part of product line here in Finland but when working in Brasil we created better connection with local sales as well as end users. Target was to increase business with such operational model and I believe we were successful with this. I enjoyed to be there and working environment in Brasil is quite tight but very pleasant. People are very committed and hard working but environment in office is really excellent. We are like one big family and everybody goes to the same direction.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Picture from the sales meeting where our team was brainstorming the next year activities (me, Samuel, Zoel & Mauricio).

Most of the culture shock was caused by the language. Customers don’t talk that much English which means you should learn Portuguese fast. Also traffic was something that took little while to get used to it. People drive bit aggressive way but when you release your internal ‘Kimi Raikkonen’ free it goes great. Of course weather was more hot than in Finland, but that’s ok. Mainly I was missing from Finland long summer days as well as snow. When now looking back it feel amazing to think how fast two years really realised. Lot of things happen during this period but still it felt like going there yesterday.

Juha

This was the last chapter of Out there and elsewhere trilogy. I am so happy that Anniina and both of Juha’s found time to write here and give us a brief description what is like to work in other part of the world where you are from. At least now I really hope that one day I can find a work which would allow me to travel once in awhile and stay abroad for longer periods of time. I think that is a good way to get known of the local culture and really see something else than only the tourism attaractions.

This will also be my last blog post to Metso summertrainees 2013 blog. Summer went super fast and it is time to pack up my bags and go after the next adventure. I had a great summer at Metso, I learned a lot, I met loads of great people and I really felt I was part of the team. Therefore I hope I will find myself at Metso again someday in the future – has to say it is pretty nice place to work!

Great autumn for everybody and thank you for reading!

Jenni Falck
Summer trainee,
Automation marketing

Out there and elsewhere: Qatar

Yesterday Anniina wrote us about her experiences from Ireland and China. I know working abroad is not probably as glamorous as I think it is, but I wouldn’t mind change my working location once in a while as Anniina have done. Based on her story, I think she doesn’t mind it either 🙂

Next in the line is Juha Kivelä who have been working in Qatar since the beginning of the summer. Qatar is located in a small Qatar peninsula in Persian Gulf sharing a border with Saudi Arabia. It has been said to be one of the richest countries in the world despite of it’s small size. So how Juha ended up there and why? Well, I will let him tell us more about it…

wold map qatar

Juha 

I started with Metso in March 2007, when I joined the Flow Control business line of Automation segment to do my Master’s Thesis for the Neles Smart Products department on Value Based Marketing. After the thesis, later in 2007, I first signed a temporary contract as a trainee and then after couple of months I was offered a position as a Business Analyst at the same department I had done my thesis for. In December 2008 I got then promoted to a Product Manager position in which I stayed until I moved here to Qatar at the end of May this year. I’m currently working as a Business Development Manager focusing on our Smart Products and I’m based in Doha, but still looking after the whole region. Here in Doha we are currently working together with a small 8 person team, our Middle Eastern ‘head office’ with more colleagues being located in Dubai. Besides Dubai and Doha, we have also an own office in Bahrain.

JuhaKivelä0218

One of the reasons I wanted to join Metso at first place were the international possibilities Metso offers for its employees as a global company. Since I joined the company I have actively shown my willingness to move abroad if a suitable opportunity comes across and now this spring the company’s needs and my own expectations then met and I got the opportunity to join our Middle Eastern sales and service team in a role where I can take advantage of what I have learned in my earlier positions working for the Product Line side of the business.

In my previous Product Manager role I had a global responsibility for the products I looked after for, so even if I have been based in Finland I have had the privilege to work together with our talented colleagues across the globe in a truly international working environment. Besides the Metso colleagues, I have also had chance to meet many of our customers in several different countries and continents. I had also made a few business trips to Middle East in the past, which made it easier to make the decision to move here since I was already somewhat familiar with the local working environment and culture and in addition knew many of the colleagues I was going to work with in advance… and what is maybe even bit more important, I was familiar with the local weather that can get quite hot during the summer months (when writing this, it is +42C outside and the humidity is expected to peak at 95% today).
So no culture shock’s so far in sight 😉

Qatar itself is an interesting country to work and live in, being a kind of a mixture of Western and Arabic worlds. It has rich natural resources that bring the country wealth that then again enables significant investments on developing the country. The population of the country is growing rapidly and especially the capital city of Doha is developing on a breathtaking pace. The current population of Qatar is about 2 million and it is expected to rise to 3 million by 2020. Endless amount of massive infrastructural projects are on-going or to be started, all aiming to have the city ‘ready’ for the 2022 Football World Cup that will be hosted by Qatar.

Qatar and the whole of Middle East is a market having a lot of growth potential also for us as a company, so I’m sure the challenging targets for the future will also bring along plenty of opportunities for the current and future employees of Metso. I’m myself currently here in Qatar on a 2+1 year contract, but the future will then tell how long I’m going to stay.

Juha

Coming soon…

The summer is almost over… Or at least I feel like that, as there is less than 2 weeks left of my summer trainee ship. After that it’s time to pack my bags and head to Mexico (Caramba!). Nevertheless, I wanted to write one more blog post before packing my stuff and flying away. So here is the pre-info about it…

sayulita

This is the place where I gonna go next… Mexico and the beach!

I might have mentioned before that I’ll graduate this autumn and therefore have been thinking a lot what I would like to do in the future. I love travelling and living in new places, so it is pretty obvious that I would love to find a job which would allow me to travel or live and work somewhere else than in Finland at least part of the time. I already know how you do it and what it’s like when you are student or even before that, but what is it like when you have your degree and maybe even bunch of work experience and you want to find a “real job” outside your home country?

Inspired by this dilemma and Jonathan’s blog last week, I chose to do my next blog post related to the subject. What is it like to work abroad when you actually already are in the “work life”? I sent off few inquiries to people within Metso who have gone to work in another country as an expat or for longer period of time. Now I’m waiting to get few answers and I’m sure they’ll have some interesting and maybe even helpful stories to tell us.

So I will get back to you next week, with some great stories, I hope! In the mean while, have a great end of the week!

Jenni

A snippet for the day

Remember me from last year? I’m back but this time just to mentor our new team of summer trainees blogging their way to your hearts. They are doing brilliant job, aren’t they?

Actually I’m now here just to give a snippet of what will follow in our blog. There will actually be a post coming from my pen, answering to a question that many summer trainee will carry in their heart when their contract is coming to an end:

What now?

One alternative is, as it did to myself, to get permanently employed by Metso. And I am not alone. One of the most common ways to be permanently employed by Metso is to share few (or many, as Pentti has done) summers in various positions – to really showcase your talent and make a point of yourself to be kept in the house. It is a win-win situation, if you want to stay, too 😉

There will be couple of interviews and insights of what has happened since the interviewees last summer traineeship. I think you may even recognize some of the persons interviewed. I am extremely proud to present one summer trainee from many years back that is now a…. Well, maybe I won’t share more as it would ruin my post 😉

Stay tuned as our bloggers are not even near to an end with their ideas of posts. But do leave a comment, if there is something that you would like to hear of. We can always try to squeeze it in somewhere.

Until the next time,

Tume

Bonjour France et bonjour les vacances!

Last time I wrote I was ready fly off to France for little summer holiday. Actually I was not going to Rennes just for fun – I had to go there to make the last exam for my University. However, as my exam was on Thursday I couldn’t make it back on time for work on Friday, which meant I had a chance to have a little holiday in Rennes. Could be worse, eh?

Opera house in the center of Rennes and the nasty clouds behind

Rennes is known for clouds and rainy, cold weather which makes the buildings of the city look even more grey than they actually are. First two days I did not have to bother of removing my summer dresses from the bag, or really even change the outfit as I only took one pair of jeans and one long-sleeved along with bunch of summer clothes. It felt like proper autumn over there, until on Friday the sun came out and by Saturday afternoon I had already burn my face and got ugly tan lines from my top. Tourist!

France, rennes

Band training during the day

Jamming during the night

The timing could not been any better. For the whole week-end there were a music event going on in the center, more precisely in front of the city hall of Rennes. The event was called “Boîte de rue” and have to say it has been one of the best random concerts I ever been. The group included nine musicians including a DJ and two dancers, who made sure the audience did not get bored. Not that it would have happen anyway- the electronic music combined with live brass music made people jamming whole 2 hours that they played. I loved the atmosphere; people from every age group were present and everyone was in a good mood just enjoying the beat and the fairly warm summer night.

One of the best things in Rennes is the Saturday morning market – it is a food heaven! We bought some fresh fruits, cheese, sausage and bread from the market and went to a nearby terrace to have a picnic with a pint of local apple cider. As the weather was super warm, we went for a little road trip and spend rest of the day on the beach. Now when I am sitting in the office writing and thinking of all the people on their summer holidays, it makes me happy to realize I had my chance to relax and enjoy the best things what summer can offer.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

When I watch these photos…. I miss France!!

I do think a little holiday once in a while is good for everyone – is it a week-end, a week or 4 weeks doesn’t really matter as long as you feel it was what you were looking for. Sometimes it is enough to go to see your friend in a next city and sometimes you want to fly miles away from you normal environment. However you like it, I hope you have a chance to make it during or after the summer!

IMG_0368 IMG_0369
Beach, beach baby!

Jenni Falck
Summer trainee
Automation Marketing