Kenneth Väkeväinen, Technical Manager, Finland

I started my career at Ensto as a summer trainee in the network construction unit’s laboratory in June 2009. At that time, I was studying electrical engineering at the Arcada University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki.  After the summer, I was offered the possibility to carry out my thesis work at the network construction unit’s product development department on medium-voltage underground cables. At the same time, I continued to work part-time in the laboratory. At the end of 2010, I received my Bachelor of Engineering degree, and continued to work with Ensto as a Laboratory Engineer.

Due to my increasing interest and expertise in electricity networks and high voltage testing, I decided to continue my studies alongside work. In the autumn of 2011, I began studies in the field of electrical systems at Otaniemi, and received my Master of Science degree at the end of 2015. After the studies, I left my work as Laboratory Engineer and started at the product management department as the Technical Director responsible for underground network products.

In my current position, I carry out a lot of cooperation with the product development and laboratory, and there’s plenty of work to do. However, this does not bother me because we have a great community spirit at the network-construction department. I’m sure I still have a great deal to learn, but after my studies, I would like to concentrate on doing the job and increasing my knowhow with regards to my new work tasks.
My tip to young people interested in electrical engineering is this: a basic degree from a vocational school provides a good base of practical skills and educational background for obtaining further electrical qualifications, for example. I myself come from that background, and have then studied further up to the M.Sc. degree.

You should keep an open mind when looking for work. My image of Ensto, for example, was totally different from what the company actually is like. Ensto is generally known as a company providing building services engineering solutions, but there is work to be done in other fields too. A summer job is a good opportunity to show your employer that you can get along with different kinds of people and that your attitude toward working is what it should be. Ensto is a good place to work with chances to grow professionally, provided that that is what you want. We are like a small family that works together, and you can even spend time with your colleagues outside work, if you wish.