I’m Mindi Laihonen, a student of Information Processing who just moved to Helsinki two years ago to study at the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences. It’s now been around three months since I started my first job in my own field as Roima’s summer worker.
When I first applied for a job at Roima last spring, I was picturing a summer in Helsinki and a challenging job within easy reach from home. Thus, I was surprised when Roima replied to my application with a question, asking whether I’d like to be a part of the joint project of Roima and Valmet Automotive during the summer, working mainly at the Uusikaupunki car plant in Western Finland. The distance from Helsinki to Uusikaupunki is around 200 kilometers (around 125 miles), and the number of citizens is even less than in my former home town Rauma. However, I knew that Uusikaupunki is a beautiful summer city, and I had heard in the news a great deal about the car factory and all the positive buzz surrounding it at the moment. Now, I’d have the chance to get to work at Roima and, on top of all, at the center of one of the most taked-about workplaces in the entire country. After a little contemplation, my interest and curiosity won and I decided to accept the challenge.
The move went incredibly fast. I finished my semester in Helsinki on a Friday and already started my new job in Uusikaupunki the following Monday. Fortunately, partly thanks to luck and partly to my talkative father, we managed to find an apartment for me despite the poor housing situation in Uusikaupunki, and I only had to spend two nights at a hotel.
Expertise grows by doing
The project that I participated in at the IT department of the car factory is related to Roima’s Lean System enterprise resource planning system and its implementation. I spent the first two weeks in the new job familiarizing myself with the project content and Lean System, and I even got to see how cars are manufactured in the production hall. Since then, there’s been so many various things to do.
My daily duties included various project tasks related to Lean System, from testing to training and guiding future users. We often work in teams comprising professionals from several different fields. In the joint meetings of Roima and Valmet, we together review the progress of the project and try to find solutions to the issues we’ve encountered.
When I first started, I had no experience of Lean System or car factory operations, but over the summer, little by little, I have become familiar with them both. Providing professional help to Valmet’s experienced IT professionals has been challenging, but at the same time, I’ve learned to work independently and take responsibility. Being part of the project team of Roima’s customer company has really broadened my understanding of project work. Now, my summer job is already drawing to a close. I have an amazing summer behind me – a summer which I will definitely remember for years to come.