Tuomas joined VALOR in October 2020. He has been working in management consulting since 2018. Tuomas is interested in growth, strategy, and operational improvement. As a counterbalance to work, Tuomas can be found mountain biking, playing squash, or simply relaxing with friends and family.
Samuli joined VALOR in January 2021. Samuli’s core competence lies in health and social care industry consulting. Outside working hours, Samuli enjoys the beautiful nature around Helsinki and various music projects.
We interviewed Tuomas and Samuli and asked about their first days at VALOR and their expectations for 2021
How was your first day at VALOR?
T: My first day at VALOR started with the weekly team meeting, so I was able to catch up on what is going on quite smoothly. I then had some on-boarding and a longer meeting with my mentor at which we began to discuss my interests and which projects I would start working on.
It was great to see that everyone was actively engaged in conversations with me. I was a little anxious about starting during Covid-19 and the recommendation to work remotely, but I was impressed by the effort to ensure that I could get up to speed from day one. And having 1-on-1 video meetings with the other team members during the first week was a great way to meet everyone.
S: My first day started with an orientation meeting that included a delicious breakfast and a lot of new information about the firm. I was able to catch up with my new colleagues over lunch, where I received a warm welcome. We had an interesting discussion about our backgrounds and the current situation. In the afternoon, I had an online meeting with our Managing Director, Henrikki, who welcomed me to the firm, and a planning session with our social and healthcare industry team.
Regardless of the COVID-19 situation, it was great to see how well the whole on-boarding process has been organized by utilizing remote 1-on-1 meetings.
What are your expectations for 2021?
T: Professionally speaking, I expect 2021 to continue where 2020 left off, bringing exciting and challenging new projects – with some fun along the way.
S: I hope that the global pandemic will abate soon, and professionally, I’m looking forward to interesting projects with my new colleagues.