When I graduated from high school in 1999 I had a clear idea what I would like to do when I grow up. I applied to Tampere Polytechnic, School of Art and Media and got in. The school was a nice starting point to start building a career.
After the school was over I straight away got a job from a Tampere based IT-company named Abako Oy. Their method for training newcomers was called “Abako’s swimming school” where they figuratively put you on the end of a pier and push you to the water. Then you quite quickly learn how to swim by yourself or drown. I didn’t drown. At the beginning I did quite a different kind of jobs including html, very basic-level coding and project management, but then after a short while found my place as a graphic and user interface designer, which were the positions I was aiming for at the first place.
My career in Abako lasted for about 11 years and for about half of that time I was the sole graphic designer for the company. Over the years I did graphic and user interface design for many Abako’s clients such as Coxa, Ikaalisten Matkatoimisto, Intersport, Instrumentarium, Oikeusministeriö (Ministry of Justice), former RAY (which is now part of Veikkaus), many Finnish cities and so on. The projects included Internet-sites and portals, intranets, extranets, webshops and booking systems and also some more specific browser-based applications for enhancing the clients internal workflow. All of these were built over the companys main product Stato, which is a multiportal content management and publication system among other things.
Unfortunaltely due to frequent updates and redesigns of those Internet-sites the designs I made are all long gone now. And because of the sensitive nature of those non-public applications I don’t have the rights to show them off. Still I hope you can get an idea of my work from Abako’s website, which is my design and of course from this personal site you are in right now.
Unfortunately for me, Abako's website has been recently redesigned, so I can't show that off either.
Especially for the few last years, my main focus was to design and develop the user interface and usability of the Stato-product itself. Part of the job was team work - naturally, but when I moved to Helsinki and later on to Kerava, where I currently reside I started working remotely from my home office, permanently. This arrangement worked well for me and also for the company.
In spring 2016 when I was supposed to return to work for paternity leave the company’s current state of product development would have required me to commute between Kerava and Tampere (about 160 km one-way) almost daily. That wasn’t possible at the time with small children at home and with my wife’s inconsistent working hours. So, I stayed home with the kids and started to think of other ways of employment.
At first I thought of to be a gardener, but their employment rate isn’t that good so I moved on. I then applied to pilot training (which is a childhood dream to me), but unfortunately didn’t get through. Also one of my goals has always been to be able to employ myself in my own company, but the thought of that is still in progress.
All of this has taken some time, but I think it’s been good for me to really stop and be forced to think what I want to do next. I’ve also been fortunate to spend a year with my kids and see them grow up. Not all of us have that possibility.
If there's a job you think would fit me even if it has nothing to do with my past career, don't hesitate to contact me.
I'm not afraid of new challenges.
To sum it up, the last year has done good to me, but now I’m eager to get my hands dirty again. I love to design and I love everything visual, but I've decided not to instantly rule out any possible offers that are somewhat within my area of knownledge. so, if there's a job you think would fit me even if it has nothing to do with my past career, don't hesitate to contact me.
I'm not afraid of new challenges.
One thing I must say is that I value my personal time, whether it is spending time with my family or by myself. I don’t like those job advertisements where they say the person they are looking for must live-and-breath this-and-that. To me that sounds like you don’t ever get off of work. I don’t do extra hours unless it’s a real neccessity, because I know by the experience that it’s not benefical for both me nor the job itself. That being said, it doesn’t mean that I don’t do my job well. Not at all. For me work isn't the most important thing in the world, but when I work I focus on the work and get it done. After that it’s my time to do something else.