What made you want to live and work abroad?
It just seemed like a cool opportunity to experience something new. Futurice Munich wanted to grow their data science business and I knew I could help. The people in the Munich office work hard and really push things forward – it’s a place where you can make change happen, and as it’s a smaller office your impact is bigger. It also helped that the timing was right in my personal life; my partner was on maternity leave with our second child, so we had the flexibility to move abroad for a year. The city of Munich is really nice and it’s close to the Bavarian Alps, so it appealed to us as a family to take the opportunity!
It’s super nice when you can make an impact, getting something into the hands of end users and providing the client with a positive business impact, be that making money or saving energy.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
So many things! It’s super nice when you can make an impact, getting something into the hands of end users and providing the client with a positive business impact, be that making money or saving energy. I’ve also had the luxury of working on projects where I can go beyond business impact to help make the world a better place – and even better, projects where these two things have gone hand in hand. I also have amazing colleagues, so I like knowing that I don’t need to know everything. I have my strengths; for anything else I can ask, and I’ll always find someone around to help.
How do you deal with change?
Our work is helping to change how people behave by making processes more efficient, but helping other people is always much easier than undergoing change yourself. It’s difficult for anyone to adapt – and change for change’s sake is always going to meet resistance. For change to be valuable there must be a benefit, and by focusing on that benefit it’s easier to accept.
What do you do after work?
I’d love to say kitesurfing and snowboarding, but especially these days I’m more likely to be out with my kids skating and sledging and things like that! I also like running in the forest in the evenings – it’s easy to forget any stress you’re under when you’re spending time outdoors.
You’ve experienced Futurice in two different countries: Germany and Finland. How do they compare?
Every Futurice office has its own culture, so I can only really compare the two offices I worked in: Helsinki and Munich. Futurice Helsinki is quite large with about 200 people in the same office, so there are dedicated roles and processes for billing and other office work. Futurice Munich, on the other hand, was really small – 40 people and more like a start-up because of its size. This meant everyone had other responsibilities alongside their main work, like emptying the dishwasher, painting walls or invoicing. We also all worked there five days a week and everyone knew everyone else, so we developed some really strong bonds – I really enjoyed that family feeling.
In Helsinki we’re mostly working at client offices, so although I have amazing colleagues here too, we only get to see each other once a week in the office. That said, the proper barista-level coffee machine in the Helsinki office is amazing and Munich just can’t compete on that score. You can even make a good latte with it!
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