1/2010

Future lifestyle offers promising job prospects for TUT's students

Kai Öistämö

Kai Öistämö says it is important to lead a balanced life,
with work as one essential ingredient.

Kai Öistämö, Executive Vice President of Nokia's Devices unit, reassures that a person with an inquisitive mind will always find work.


Students who opt to pursue studies in engineering are paving their way for an interesting career. Kai Öistämö who graduated from TUT after studying information technology and industrial engineering is living proof of this. He encourages his own children as well as other young people to study engineering.

"Nowadays technological universities offer courses across a broad range of subjects. This provides an excellent foundation for students to explore their career options and also supports graduate employability and career advancement."

Focus on your strengths

Öistämö says that changes in the global lifestyle will set new requirements for communications technology and smart services. Innovators and developers are needed so that wireless solutions and user-friendly systems become reality as soon as possible. Especially software competence plays a key part in this transition, because the technology is already there. The majority of the world's population already own a mobile phone.

"Still, it doesn't matter what you study as long as you find a field that you feel passionate about. You'll always find work if you're an expert in your own field and generally curious."

The headquarters of Nokia, the top of an international corporation, has a front-row seat to the latest developments in the field, the challenges ahead and what is needed to succeed. The fact that mobile Internet is crossing into the mainstream and new services are integrated into mobile phones holds immense market potential. Digital worlds are drawing closer together and generating new business.

"A new wave of Internet services is already rising. Nokia has a solid foothold in the market, as it's able to utilize existing technology and govern developments in the field", says Kai Öistämö. Amid global competition, everyone needs to concentrate on what they do best.

"The success of Finland and Finnish companies is founded on innovation, and technical competence is the cornerstone of innovation. It is difficult to create added value otherwise."

KUKA: Etunimi Sukunimi

  • Name: Kai Öistämö
  • Title: Executive Vice President of Nokia's Devices unit
  • Age: 45
  • Grew up in: Tampere
  • Lives in: Espoo
  • Career: Executive Vice President and General Manager of Mobile Phones 2005-2007. Senior Vice President, Business Line Management, Mobile Phones 2004-2005. Senior Vice President, Mobile Phones Business Unit, Nokia Mobile Phones 2002-2003. Various technical and managerial positions in Nokia Consumer Electronics and Nokia Mobile Phones 1991-2002.
  • Education: Doctor of Science in Technology (signal processing), Master of Science in Technology (Tampere University of Technology)
  • Family: married with three children
  • Hobbies: sports, such as tennis and skiing, and hunting
  • Interesting titbit: "The freshman year was an important period in my life. Despite enjoying my new-found independence and bustling student life my studies progressed smoothly."

Feet firmly in Finland

It is safe to say that we will not run out of work, but who will do the work is a different story. Öistämö says that the fear that Western jobs are outsourced to Asia is understandable but offers reassuring words:

"Nokia will definitely continue to be a strong presence in Finland in the future, too. Finland is the company's important domicile."

Nokia's solid presence in its homeland is based on significant Finnish areas of expertise. The company has a lot of domestic personnel in the research and development sector as well as in sales and marketing. Employment prospects in Nokia's administrative and production sector also appear positive. Finland's asset is the reliability and trustworthiness ingrained into Finnish culture and working life. Asia, on the other hand, has different strengths.

"The vast population in China and India and the people's hunger for a better life pose major challenges for Western society. Asian youth have a strong desire for professional development and are prepared to work hard", says Öistämö.

Text and photo: Tarja Luukko

 

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