In addition to a breakfast and networking possibilities, the event offered short information sessions on diverse business services. The speakers came from Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Tampere University, Tampere Chamber of Commerce, International House Tampere, TE Employment Services, Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, and Business Finland. The speakers agreed on the importance of cooperation and international professionals.
You should not underestimate yourself
One of the participants was TAMK’s and Tampere University’s alumna Naheed Amiri-Moghal, who shared her career story. Naheed Amiri-Moghal studied Environmental Engineering at Tampere University of Applied Sciences and is studying for Master of Science in Engineering at Tampere University. She is currently working at Rejlers Finland.
Amiri-Moghal hails from Afghanistan but moved to Finland years ago. After moving, she immediately started to study Finnish and was admitted to laboratory technology studies at a vocational institution. She did not find a job in the field but continued her studies.
Amiri-Moghal said: ”Who would have thought that a woman from a country where women are not allowed to attend schools was able to graduate from engineering and work in a multinational company. I learnt from the process that hard work pays off and it is not worth underestimating yourself. Immigrants can also find work but they have to be very patient and not give up. Remember that companies may benefit immensely from our skills and experiences because we are who we are.”
Naheed’s whole speech can be read in Finnish in TAMK Blogi: https://blogs.tuni.fi/tamkblogi/kansainvalisyys/afganistanista-insinooriksi-suomeen/
Companies and other organisations need skilled workforce but also special expertise which is not available in Finland. Immigration of professionals strengthens and internationalises innovation activities in Finland and supports international investments in Finland, which promotes creation of new jobs. International professionals strengthen expertise and internationalisation of Finnish companies.
International professionals’ integration and employment are promoted in Tampere through cooperation. The event was also organised in cooperation with the Talent Boost of Tampere University of Applied Sciences and Tampere University, Tampere Chamber of Commerce and International House Tampere. The event received positive feedback and continuation was hoped for. It is good to continue from here and develop cooperation in Tampere.
Text: Aura Paananen
Picture 1: Eija Syrjämäki
Picture 2: Naheed Amiri-Moghal