Pettiina Niiranen, a 3rd year student, found a job right after her exchange semester and is working as a Communications Trainee at the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
“I developed a general interest towards communications and environmental issues during my studies in Mikkeli. One of the main goals of the Ministry of Transport and Communications is to develop the transport sector into a more environmentally sustainable direction and make sure this change is communicated effectively to the public. This type of work is very aligned with my own career-related interests. Being in charge of communications in the student board and directing my studies towards sustainability and environmental responsibility equipped me with relevant expertise for this traineeship.
My job description includes varied tasks in both external and internal communications with special focus on social media and video production. I also run media analysis and reporting on a weekly basis. I have gained a lot of knowledge about the work of governmental organizations in Finland and developed skills in content creation, social media, and climate and environment related communications in the transport sector during my traineeship. Working with themes like emission mitigation, smart transport systems and Mobility as a Service (Maas) has given me valuable insights in sustainable development in the transport sector, which will definitely help me as I move on to study Creative Sustainability at master’s level.”