December 17, 2018

My career: From start to Finnish

Roman Lihhavtshuk, Estonia
Senior UX designer

1. The reason I ended up in Finland is… first of all education. I came to do a master’s degree in design because I was looking for a good mix of courses in design, research and social sciences. In Estonia, none of the universities offered this kind of a mix back in 2010. The second reason was family: my mother and two sisters had moved to Finland a few years earlier.

2. My favourite thing about Finland is… relative income equality. A small income gap is a cornerstone of society’s wellbeing. It decreases unhealthy ambitions, which can often lead to corruption and power abuse. People focus less on money and more on things that make them happy, like hobbies, family and friends.

3. My best tips for surviving winter in Finland are … always having ginger, garlic, honey and Finrexin Neo available at home.

4. How I got my current job is… I found the job ad on a social network, applied, was invited to an interview, did the assignment and after some time got the job.

5. The piece of advice I would give to someone contemplating coming to work in Finland is… as an option, start by studying at a university.


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