Meet Paul Fairchild, an enterprising individual, originally from London, England who has called Finland home for the past 24 years.
With a passion for language and communication, Paul Fairchild started his entrepreneurial journey 21 years ago in Seinäjoki, establishing a successful business that specializes in providing English language training to adults as well as companies. Through his experiences, Paul has not only witnessed the growth and development of his business but also the remarkable cultural exchange that takes place in Finland’s dynamic business landscape.
Nurturing Cultural Exchange
Being an entrepreneur in Finland has allowed Paul to understand the difference of cultures. As he interacts with individuals from various backgrounds, both within his client companies and in the broader Finnish business community, he gains a deeper understanding of different cultural perspectives.
According to Paul, the valuable lessons that other countries can learn from Finland’s approach to work are its impact on employee wellbeing, productivity, and trust. He stated, “The happier the worker the more successful the business”.
As Finland is at the forefront of technological advancements, Paul has embraced innovative tools and digital platforms to deliver language training programs more effectively. He utilizes interactive online platforms, to engage his clients and create an immersive learning experience around Finland. However, he also works at the office located in Seinäjoki.
Paul 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.
Paul’s presentation is on stage 2, 10:30–11:15. Make sure to be there!
Paul chose to be one of the presenters because he finds it an interesting subject to share. Such topics include direct and indirect communications, hierarchies, small talks, behaving in meetings and interviews, and a lot more!
If you are looking for work, then it is important to be matched up because networking is an essential part of for looking to work in Finland and he is happy to be a part of it and make new connections.
“People should participate in the event to gain new ideas which can make a big difference in their career paths and gaining new networking and opportunity to look for positions so come along and make new connections”
Free time and friendly advice
Besides the entrepreneurial life, during Paul’s free time, he is a football couch for men in Seinäjoki, due to the working life balance. He also enjoys the space and the Finnish nature.
Paul shares a few friendly tips for the newcomers or those who plan on moving to Oulu:
“As soon as you get to Finland start learning the language. You don’t understand the people you don’t understand the culture if you don’t understand the language. Most people say the Finnish language is not the easiest language to learn so do not put too much stress into it just a little bit day by day, a couple of words every day and build it slowly.”
”You do not lose anything by learning the language, it is good mental exercise.”
“Even if you come here with the intentions of staying 1 or 2 years, you don’t know how things are going to turn out. You do not lose anything by learning the language, it is good mental exercise.
Not everybody is a language person but it’s a marathon not a sprint, you have to realize it takes time.”
Text: Nada Abass