Invest in yourself by exploring your interests

Jimi Nummela, Finland
Degree Programme in Indus­trial Management

Invest in yourself by exploring your interests. I believe that the degree programme in Indus­trial Management is all about this. The approach of our degree challenges us to view topics and problems from many different points of view such as manufac­turing, leadership, management, finance and design & development.

I happened to be familiar with Karelia UAS already before my engineering studies in Indus­trial Management, as I had completed 2 academic years of studies in business economics here. During the winter of 2020, a new degree program in Karelia was intro­duced in the joint appli­cation system – Indus­trial Management. The program caught my attention as my experi­ences in working life, before and during my studies at Karelia, were from the manufac­turing industry and at this point, so was my plans for my future career.

I am origi­nally from Southern Finland and initially I applied to study in Joensuu based on friends’ recom­men­da­tions and a desire to surround myself with a completely new environment. When the oppor­tunity to apply to the degree programme of Indus­trial Management arose, I didn’t think twice on the curriculum I saw that this programme had an approach that would benefit me greatly in finding my career path.

Invest in yourself by exploring your interests. I believe that the degree programme in Indus­trial Management is all about this. The approach of our degree challenges us to view topics and problems from many different points of view such as manufac­turing, leadership, management, finance and design & devel­opment. I find this to be extremely valuable in building our compe­tence and equally important in finding those perspec­tives that truly spark passion within us.

In addition to devel­oping yourself through studies, practical training and eventually working on your thesis, you will gain valuable experience from studying in a truly inter­na­tional class! Also volun­teering activ­ities such as peer tutoring or student union activ­ities are a possi­bility that I strongly suggest. I am currently one of the peer tutors for the class of 2021 and based on my experience I can recommend this to anyone thinks that peer tutoring could be inter­esting for them!

I would conclude that seeing yourself taking steps towards your own interests and finding likeminded peers is a very fulfilling experience and I find that Karelia has an environment that embraces this to the fullest! Be curious and give your oppor­tu­nities a chance!