The Road to Metso Flow Control isn’t always straight forward
I had always thought that I am going to be either a doctor or a professional athlete (a football or a floorball player) before I went to upper secondary school. When I graduated from there it was clear for me I am going to be neither. Not because it would have been too hard, but because I wasn’t really that interested in playing ball games all day or making cancer diagnoses. For me, a career as a physics and mathematics teacher seemed tempting; long summer holidays, short work days, cheerful young people to co-operate with, physics is an interesting subject, etc. That’s how I ended up, with few more extra twists, in Jyväskylä University five years ago to study physics.
Soon it became clear to me that studying physics and mathematics is probably not my thing. Lots of differential equations, delta-epsilon proofs, coordinate and integral transformations etc. It was very different from what studying physics and mathematics was in upper secondary. Soon I started to look for new opportunities in the academic field. Then I remembered that a friend of mine once said: ‘’All the tough guys study Industrial Engineering and Management!’’ So naturally, I decided to apply, and I even got in. I still finished my Bachelor’s degree of natural science in Jyväskylä, but after that I changed the university. The half year job as a substitute teacher in Mouhijärvi Elementary I mentioned earlier kind of sealed the deal of letting go the plan of becoming a physics teacher.
Things can turn out differently than planned – and that's good!
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with Jyväskylä and physics, or with Mouhijärvi Elementary; they just weren’t right for me. Changing my major from physics to IEM and the Uni from Jyväskylä University to Tampere University of Technology has probably been one of my top 3 decisions ever. TTY is a wonderful place to study and IEM studies give you a pretty good toolbox with powerful and shiny tools for working life. With those tools, I got my summer job at Metso Flow Control, where I could not have planned myself five years, two years or even one year ago. Soon I will graduate from TTY and become a Master of Science in Technology, but I will always remember my roots as a physics student.