Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m Jaakko, a jack-of-all-trades in the field of IT. I have an MA in information technology from the University of Jyväskylä. I’ve been working at Protacon since 2009, I’m currently responsible for human resources and culture in our digital business.
What does your job include?
I’ve often explained my work by saying that my closest colleague and I work as a two-person team, so that he is responsible for the projects and I am responsible for the people. My work includes making sure that our software production team has opportunities for studying, professional development and occupational well-being; resourcing projects and tenders; recruitment, development tasks related to the corporate image and corporate culture, as well as collaboration with educational institutions. My job also includes operative managerial work. My work days are often rather fragmented, but that’s fine with me. At this job, I haven’t yet had two days that were alike.
How did you end up in your current job?
I started my career at Protacon as a software designer in spring 2009. Soon, I found myself doing the job of a Scrum Master, and it didn’t take long until I was running projects and working as the Team Leader of a small team. In the meantime, I also managed to try working as a healthcare technology consultant, and I was responsible for the sales and commission of one of our products. Finally, when in 2015 I was offered an opportunity to lead our entire software production, and a few years later, to take responsibility for the HR management of the entire organisation, I was ready to take up the challenge. Working with people has always been natural for me, both within the company and in customer relations.
How do you recover from work?
There are no problems with having time off, we have small kids at home, and the rest of the time is spent on music and sports. I play the guitar, and I challenge myself physically mainly with triathlon training. I think it’s important to separate work and leisure time: when I work, I’m fully committed, but when I close the office door behind me, I try to dedicate my evenings and weekends to recreational activities, without any exceptions. I do my job wholeheartedly, but even more important tasks are waiting for me at home.