Introducing Fingrid to ICT students

The need for ICT expertise is increasing due to the digitalisation of the energy industry. Students were invited to Fingrid’s ICT event to learn and ask questions about the numerous ways information technology is utilised in the company’s operations.

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“We expect our applicants to have genuine team spirit and the drive to develop new things.” Development Manager Nina Kujala and ICT Development Manager Teemu Salo.

“Fingrid is known for its strong expertise in electrical engineering, but we are also competent in other areas critical to our operations. ICT is one of the most essential,” emphasises Development Manager Nina Kujala.

The event, especially targeted at ICT students, filled Fingrid’s auditorium with students from several universities. The event presented the ICT work of various company units from smart grids to data security, the Datahub project and career stories.

“With these kinds of events and campaigns, we want to make sure that Fingrid is also known in the ICT industry as an attractive employer,” Kujala says.

“We offer tasks that are interesting and important for society, for example in data security and overall ICT architecture. Work at Fingrid is quickly becoming more international. Europe is integrating its electricity industry, and Nordic cooperation has been going on for a long time already.”

Top spot in responsible summer jobs

Fingrid won the large organisation category of the Responsible Summer Job campaign in 2015. This year (2016), the company was again fighting for the top spot. A particular cause for joy was that the company received the best grade among all businesses in the section measuring responsibility for looking after summer workers.

This year, Fingrid had about 40 summer workers, of which seven were in ICT. In the future, the number of available summer jobs will further increase. Significantly, many summer workers return to the company after graduation.

“The need for ICT expertise is increasing due to the digitalisation of the energy industry. ICT is no longer an isolated department, but it’s linked to all our operations and services,” ICT Development Manager Teemu Salo emphasises.

“We want to increase Fingrid’s recognition as an employer in the industry and spread the word among students, as well. In a few years, a young student may be a tough expert.”

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The event’s presentations provided a lot of information about Fingrid’s ICT operations. Alex Fredriksson, Lasse Aarninsalo and Teemu Pasuri, who are studying at Haaga-Helia to become system specialists, continued the discussion with Fingrid’s experts even during breaks between the presentations. All three consider Fingrid a good candidate for a future workplace. “I didn’t know much about Fingrid’s business before, but now I know that the company employs many ICT professionals in various tasks. I’m especially interested in data security,” said Alex Fredriksson. Alex hopes his future work community will consist of great workmates and a good working atmosphere. “Continuous development and learning in your work are also important,” Lasse Aarninsalo pointed out.
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Veera Pohjola is in her second year studying information and communications technology at Metropolia. She hopes for a versatile job that includes both independent and team work. “Especially information networks, open data and IoT (Internet of Things) interest me. I hope that my future workplace will have a relaxed atmosphere and that well-being at work is taken into account. I could consider applying for a job at Fingrid in the future.”
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“The event gave a lot of information about Fingrid’s business,” praised Marcus Westermark, who studies at Haaga-Helia to become a system specialist. “They also seem to take employees’ opinions into account, which is a definite bonus.”