August 5, 2019

My career: From start to Finnish

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Rogerio Da Conceicao, South Africa
Regional business development manager

Born in Mozambique, Rogerio moved to Portugal for six years and then to South Africa for 30 years, where he owned and managed his own company for 15 years. He met a Finnish lady to whom he is now married and has lived in Finland for 10 years.

1. My favourite thing about Finland is… clean, fresh air coupled with very safe living and a very good quality of life. Every life is equally valued, and Finland has very good and fair governance – albeit not perfect but better than most countries. Having a modest culture helps to keep greed out.

2. The piece of advice I would give to someone contemplating coming to work in Finland is… remember that you are the foreigner and therefore it is your responsibility to learn and understand Finnish culture in order to integrate and be more easily accepted. Do not expect a red carpet.

3. What I find surprising about working in Finland is… that employees are respected and trusted. In most developing countries that I have lived in, unfortunately employees do not enjoy the same, as different positions determine your value and status, rather than your acumen, morals and principles.

4. The Finnish word that best describes working here is… luotettava (trustworthy), as I find that the majority of Finns are honest and have great values. This makes them trustworthy.

5. The best way to enjoy the weekend after a working week is… well, it depends very much on the season. I travel quite a bit so chilling at home spending time with my family is great. I live in the countryside and have cows as neighbours. During summer, a good barbecue and walks in the forest are fantastic for my disposition and stress release.

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