In a world full of opportunities, Lukumanu Iddrisu’s remarkable journey took him from the vibrant streets of Ghana to the unique city of Vaasa, Finland.
With motivation and a thirst for knowledge, Lukumanu Iddrisu started his adventure to pursue his dreams. In this story, we dive into Lukumanu’s inspiring journey, from his studies in international business to his role as a Project Manager for the Vaasa Spouse Program at the University of Vaasa.
Climbing the Career Ladder
Lukumanu’s path to Finland began in 2014 when he made the bold decision to study his bachelor’s degree in International Business at Vaasa University of Applied Science. He also continued his studies completing his master’s degree in Strategic Business Development at the University of Vaasa. Leaving behind his homeland and embracing a new culture, he was ready to embrace the challenges and seize the opportunities that awaited him.
After completing his studies, Lukumanu’s dedication and hard work led him to secure a position as a Project Manager at University of Vaasa. Lukumanu thrives in managing complex projects, leading teams, and ensuring successful outcomes.
In your opinion, what are some of the key characteristics of Finnish working culture?
– Finnish working culture has proactive independence, flexibility, and low hierarchy. Based on my previous experience at Wärtsilä, it doesn’t matter whether you are a trainee or a boss, if you have an idea, they give you a chance to share. So, there is room for learning, and they listen to you whether you are a boss or not. Giving a listening ear to people to share their ideas.
Lukumanu will also be one of the presenters in the MegaMatchmaking Event!
The MegaMatchmaking event is the biggest recruitment event in Oulu in which brings local job seekers and employers together. The event will take place on 14th of September at 9:00–15:00 in Tullisali, Oulu.
– I struggled to get a job in Finland, it took me 5 to 6 years to get a job in my field. Working at the chamber of commerce and collaborating with HR and other companies, I came to realize how the job market works. Since then, I have been on a mission to let students and job seekers understand the processes in the job market and how they can stand out. I have the willingness to help get the job of their dreams, that’s why I am taking part of the MegaMatchmaking Event.
Main topic: Networking and building relationship job market
How to appropriately network with Finnish industry players and how you can turn the networking into building a relationship
Presentation Time: 9.30–10.15 AM, International Stage
– People should join the MegaMatchmaking Event to get the chance to get to know and network with the companies, also to present themselves to increase their network to open more doors. Secondly, people should come and listen to my presentation to understand transitioning a network into a relationship.
Vaasa’s Vibrant Community
Living in Vaasa for the past 9 years, Lukumanu has fully embraced the opportunities that the city offers. He cherishes the friendships he has made and the diverse perspectives he encounters every day. Besides the working life Lukumanu enjoys his football training as well as reading.
“Manchester United is my favorite football team”
Is there anything surprising about living/working in Finland?
– If you look at the cultural dynamic perspective, Finland is from the cold region, so they are not that outgoing and talking to them was a challenge in the beginning. But not until I started to learn the Finnish language and started engaging with them it became easier and they were more open to me. So, of course in the beginning it was surprising because reaching out to them was difficult and in Ghana everyone is very outgoing.
Through Lukumanu’s story, we learn the importance of pursuing our passions, embracing diverse cultures, and seizing the chances that come our way. Lukumanu’s journey is a reminder that no dream is too big and no distance too far when determination and perseverance guide us on our path to success.
Advice from Lukumanu for those who has been planning on moving and working in Finland:
- Be proactive
- Learn the culture and how people behave so you are not surprised when moving
- Willingness to network with people and build relationships. Know the people better
- In the working perspective, try to involve yourself in strategic initiatives if possible or voluntary activities to get know a lot of people, the more you expand your network in the workplace or beyond the workplace the better
“If you speak Finnish, conversations with people becomes easier, that has been my experience”
There is a free non-stop bus service to MegaMatchmaking from Oulu city center. The bus will run between Torinranta – Tullisali on 14 September from 8.45 to 15.15. The departure point in Torinranta is Kaarlenväylä.
Text: Nada Abass