Summer work voucher of the City of Oulu
The city of Oulu grants summer work vouchers to 15-17-year-old youngsters. This means that Oulu supports employers financially by giving them money. The amount is above 300 euros, and will be paid to the employer who employs a summer worker through the voucher. The purpose of the voucher is to get more jobs available for young people, so that they can get familiar with the actual working life.
Next, Elli will share her experience of working at Verkotan!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am Elli, 16 years old high school student. I have worked at Verkotan for two weeks. I got this job opportunity through a summer work voucher that the city of Oulu grants. I found about the job because my mother is a laboratory manager at Verkotan. I have worked here for two summers so I am getting familiar with the tasks!
Can you describe your tasks a little bit and what did you like the most?
My work period lasts for two weeks, and I work six hours per day. My workdays include variety of different tasks. I have been, for example, cleaning, organizing, taking care of little daily errands, and doing different tasks on computer. I have liked the most about working on a computer doing different tables and documents and editing those. The job has been nice because my tasks differ a lot from each other, so the work does not get boring!
What did you learn as a trainee at Verkotan?
I have learned a lot about how SAR testing works. I have been following what the professionals do and that way learned, what the job contains, and what is it like to be a part of a working life. I have also noticed that many different skills and backgrounds are needed in one company. Different people handle different tasks to make the whole organization work.
What was your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge was to be an independent worker. Here you will not have someone all the time telling you what to do. Also, if you face a problem you need to know how to use your own judgement. But, in my opinion, it is important to develop these kinds of skills, because they will certainly be needed in the future working life.
What would be your best advice to potential candidates and what would you like them to know?
My advice for future summer workers is to come to Verkotan with an open mind and be an unprompted and independent worker!