We are excited to introduce our talented young trainees, Noora and Eero.
Noora joined VALOR in February 2021. She previously worked as a research intern with CERN open data at the Helsinki Institute of Physics, and as an information governance intern at Baker McKenzie in Toronto. Noora holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Networks from Aalto University School of Science. Outside the office, Noora likes to travel and spend time with her friends. She also enjoys occasional floorball and yoga.
Eero joined VALOR in March 2021. He previously worked as Production Planner at Vaisala and as Head of Operations at Junction. Eero is also pursuing a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and Management at Aalto University School of Science. In his free time, Eero enjoys jogging and exploring nature – either on foot or skies.
We asked Noora and Eero about what they have discovered about consulting and the new skills they have learned during the internship.
N: For me, consulting provides a better chance to have a real impact on the world around me than most junior positions in other companies. I like to have responsibility and interesting challenges from early on, as that makes the work more motivating and lets me learn something new every day.
E: Consulting provides a great opportunity to learn from different industries and types of challenges that organizations face and I find interesting, which helps in focusing the rest of my studies and the direction of my early career. Besides, I believe that I can improve my analytical problem solving skills significantly through consulting at VALOR.
Name one essential thing you have learned during your first weeks at VALOR?
N: That there are so many things you can do with excel! More seriously speaking, personally I have learned how much I enjoy working with great people. My latest job projects before VALOR have been quite independent, so I have really enjoyed the sense of community at VALOR even during remote times with bi-weekly Kahoots bringing everyone together and personal 1-on-1 meetings with all employees during orientation.
E: The importance of iterative approach to teamwork – have checkups with fellow project team members frequently enough to ensure progress to the right direction and to define potential bottlenecks. This has been highlighted by more experienced colleagues in the 1-on-1 meetings and demonstrated in the onboarding exercise as well as in the project work.