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First hand experience

I can’t say about what other people would do, but here’s some first hand experience from few months ago.

My contract at the Career Services was terminated last October after 15 years of service as the result of general co-operation negotiations in the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

Openness: theory and practice

I had been pondering a good deal about privacy issues when entering the social media sphere – both on personal and professional level.

I had also got familiar with the idea of openness as a part of work processes, as a way to achieve enriching encounters with colleagues and beyond.

I had fallen in love with concepts like serendipity, iterative processes and agile development.

The only way I could think of handling the pink slip, was to tell openly about the situation and hope it leads to new openings.

Walk the talk – online and in real life

Pretty soon after I got the news that I won’t be needed at the workplace anymore, I started to inform all relevant parties both online and in real life. Below is quite a long list – I wonder if I’ve still forgotten something.

On duty

  • social media
    • Facebook
    • Google+
    • Twitter
    • xTune
    • Yammer: Metropolia, Finnish Universities and a project network
  • other
    • colleagues on phone and face to face
    • automatic replies to email: personal & team 
    • emails to network connections: Finnish Career Services Network, steering group of the nationwide 
    • removing eg my name and contact info from the company website – sort of negative informing

Off duty


I got a heart warming amount of kindness, support and job tips after I came out with my situation.

Can’t say it’s all due to my openness, but in less than two months I was back at work.

Funnily enough, I got a 10 months fixed term contract from my former employer as a Programme Coordinator for the Faculty of Welfare and Human Functioning.



Metropolia: Career Services
Metropolia: Faculty of Welfare & Human Functioning


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I attended an unconference in the University of Helsinki on Thursday 27.10.2011. One of the themes discussed was networking and tools available.

With today’s cheap and flexible tools it’s often enough to produce meaningful cooperation if only there is a common interest available.

You need to sit at the table to be counted in

In one of the sessions we heard examples how staff in many universities had recently found Yammer increasingly useful tool in their internal communication.

We agreed to make a joint network in Yammer for Finnish universities and polytechnics*, to help likeminded people find each other cross the organizational boarders.

Afterwards I wondered if polytechnics would have been included in the new network, if me and my colleague as only representatives from polytechnics would not have been there and participated in the discussion. I doubt it.

* polytechnic = university of applied sciences – the latter is preferred by most of the schools

2011-10-2 Old curtain


Inspired by or related to:

The unconference in question “Konfabulaari VI”

Forbes: Sheryl Sandberg On Why Women Need To “Sit At The Table”

Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland: Polytechnics, Universities


Edited 2.12.2011: Statistics on Google url shortener

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