Why did you leave Futurice?
I’m a self-educated designer – my bachelor’s degree was in business studies, so I never went to design school or anything like that. I got to a point where I wanted to learn more about cognition, how our brain works and how technology affects it. It’s hard to balance a full-time job with quite intense studies, so I moved to Barcelona and focused on a research Master’s degree full time. It was an amazing experience, both on a professional level – I learnt a lot about scientific research – and on a personal level. The café culture and lifestyle are amazing; I was living in the sun with the ocean so close I could hear the waves at night.
Why did you choose to come back to Futurice?
Every company has its pitfalls and I’d never pretend Futurice isn’t the same. But here individuals really have the power to change things – if something isn’t right for you, you feel empowered to speak up and do something about it. It’s also an amazing work culture with lovely people who really care about each other. Everyone wants to help everyone else to be the best version of themselves.
Why did you choose to change office?
After living in Barcelona you get used to being close to the ocean, and Munich doesn’t have much of that! The Stockholm office approached me, and the idea of living in Sweden and proving myself in a new environment really appealed. I also liked the idea of moving to a smaller office, as I felt I would have a greater impact there.
I’d love to open my own bar – I’ve been dreaming of it for a while! It would be so nice to have a space where people can come together and chat. Whatever I do I want to create a good experience for people.
What’s the best thing you’ve found in a Futurice office?
Definitely the Star Wars replica of Han Solo frozen in carbonite that’s standing in the Helsinki office. Someone bought it with the company credit card! It’s absurd, but it actually says a lot of positive things about the company culture. It’s fun and it’s a talking point – see, we’re even talking about it now!
What’s special about the Futurice culture?
For me, what’s special differs between sites. In Germany, transparency is usually quite limited within a company as there’s a lot of hierarchy, so the fact we publicise salary levels at Futurice feels quite unique there. In Sweden this sort of transparency is much more normal, but here I appreciate the care we take of each other. We pay lot of attention to making sure people feel good about what they’re working on and that they feel appreciated.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
As a Digital Product Designer I listen to people to understand their pains, create something that solves their problem and then share it with them. I like research and seeing both sides of a project, talking to users and developing solutions. In one memorable project, people were reluctant to open up in our discussions, but gradually I got them to speak about what they needed. When I showed them what we’d created, they said it really felt like we’d really listened to them and understood their needs. It was a great moment to see that we’d made a difference.
What are your dreams for the future?
I hope to work more with Futurice on data, AI and emerging technologies, making smart services and products that have a positive impact on the world. I’m sure that will keep me busy, but if not, I’d love to open my own bar – I’ve been dreaming of it for a while! It would be so nice to have a space where people can come together and chat. Whatever I do I want to create a good experience for people.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
A colleague of mine once told me, don’t ask for permission, ask for forgiveness. Now, there’s a really long list of situations where you should ignore this advice, but generally it’s a good reminder to get things started rather than holding back and waiting for someone else to say ‘go’. It’s often better just to get stuff done!
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