A Small Story about Big Dreams (#43/100)

by Katja Vaulio

How I ended up to work at Expo in Kazakhstan.

Lovely Katja living a dream!

One day I remembered something weird from my childhood. When I was a little girl, I had only one dream: to travel. I dreamed about countries far away, about exciting adventures, different cultures. I dreamed that I could speak exotic languages and that I was brave enough to leave and experience everything that world has to offer. That was actually quite a weird dream, because my family didn´t travel almost at all. Neither did my friends or relatives. But my mother, she had two close friends, who went around the world and sent us postcards from exciting places. And so my dream woke up.

More than twenty years later I am here, soon going to Kazakhstan this time. In the end of year 2016, when I came back from Asia after spending there two months on holiday, I was almost desperate. My oldest dream about India had finally come true. And now – what would I do now? I had no dreams, only long, black winter waiting in front of me. Continue reading

Wrestling with Machinery and the Man Will Make It! (#42/100)

Remember I told how TAKK makes it easy for students to combine sports and studies easily and flexibly? This flexibility has made it possible for wrestler Jussi-Pekka Niemistö from Tampere to start studies of machinery in TAKK. Jussi-Pekka is a Nordic Champion in Greek-Roman wrestling (2012) and he has also experience from European and World Championships tournaments and tryouts. During this Olympiade, it’s important for Jussi-Pekka to push forward and aim for the prestige championships. However, a profession a man has to have. And this is the story ”how” it is done.

Jussi-Pekka will make it!

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Girls’ Fun Run – Likkojen lenkki (#41/100)

Jonne Aaron has power!

Girl power, is there any other energy in the world that can override looooong distances and high mountains? This energetic event called Likkojen lenkki has been organised in Tampere since 1989 and is a mixture of female drive, exercise and entertainment. You CAN take it seriously (run 10 kms) or light-hearted (just couple of kms), but you cannot take it with a serious mind. Well, how is TAKK connected to this? And why is such an event in TAKK International Blog 100 stories?

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Coffee Break (#40/100)

by Ulla Virtanen

It’s just not a coffee break.

Quickly, coffee!

The fast coffee lane

As the blog space is so tiny, I will go straight to the point: I think one of the wisest decisions ever in the past or in the future of TAKK, HAS been and WILL be, to offer a cup of coffee (or tea) to the personnel twice a day free of charge. (Well, sometimes there’s no time, and sometimes it’s almost three cups… large. Hey, some days demand for it.)

Coffee break, it’s always around 9 in the morning and always at 14 (not 2 pm). There are always some colleagues to meet and issues to take care of at the same time. But the work stuff is not the case, the break together IS. It has been studied by some wise professors, that a human being can only focus efficiently for 1,5 hours in a row. After that the thought slips, seriously. Well, there’s the time for the coffee break. And the talk. And the team spirit.

Coffee with a twist

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Conflicts to Resolutions – Mediating Work Communities (#39/100)

by Ulla Virtanen, TAKK

“Lift the cat on the table”

Workplace conflict is no one’s daydream. And for a Finn, a workplace conflict certainly is something to stay far from and hush about… What if someone is a professional in finding the conflicts and helping to create solutions? Such a person cannot be afraid of the conflicts, but rather be motivated in bringing out the reasons behind the conflicts and mediating the birth of the optimal solution to the cause. As the Finns say: ”Let’s lift the cat on the table” or in proper English, ”Let’s talk about the elephant in the room”. Anxiety of a conflict is like a big dark cloud in the blue sky, cold and heavy on the shoulders and throwing a big shadow on everything. Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Dear Middle-ager! (#38/100)

Happy birthday!

There was a letter found in the cornerstone of TAKK Nirva Campus A building during the most recent renovations, with wonderful handwriting, very old-style letters – but clearly from a man, as the paper was all covered in motor oil… It was written by a 25-year old TAKK to TAKK 30 years later. We had the privilege to open it up today. It read:

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A Week in the International Office of TAKK with Melodies (#37/100)

by Ulla Virtanen, TAKK

Let’s hear about the rhythms and the melodies of the international coordinator’s week, as in so many vocational institutions in Finland. Greetings to you all lovely colleagues!

Videoing Sustainability Manager

  • Skype starts the week, fixing timetables and activities on producing Finnish vocational qualifications for foreign cooperation and learning about the guidelines from the Ministry of Education level. Done, absolutely useful and wonderful to hear how the other 10 institutions are doing. I hear spring marching in, ”we’re doing this for sure”.
  • Summer camps, planning programme models for the future activities of international students coming to Tampere region. Welcome all, I hear local music, the Manserock rhythm, they will have fun on Tampere.
  • Brazilian education needs, listening to the experts about the possibilities of Finnish-Brazilian education business. New direction. Isn’t that a band? Definitely not from Brazil, though.
  • Lots of visiting Chinese rectors, from Beijing, Guangzhou, Xi’an, Shanghai and Zhengzhou for example, buzzling morning with the sounds of the voice of our lovely interpreter, Ms Li.

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