10 Questions: Ville Laine
- What do you do first when you wake up?
I drink a cup of coffee and flick through the news and the weather on my phone.
- What was your dream profession as a child and why?
I can’t recall having a specific dream profession; as a child, my dreams perhaps had more to do with sports. As a teen, I understood that a university of technology would suit me, and that’s how I ended up in my profession.
- What’s your typical working day like?
My work is very diverse, so the days are rarely similar to each other. Sure, I mainly work at the A-Insinöörit office in Tampere and use a computer, but as my work comprises not only consultancy but also sales, marketing, project management and tech development, I’ve got meetings and things to do away from my computer, too. I also travel for work occasionally.
- How did you end up in the world of consulting?
Despite my age (34), I have worked as a development consultant for 11 years already. In hindsight, I’m really content with the choices I’ve made and grateful for the opportunities I’ve had during my studies and working life. I have learned and developed a lot in my field by being able to take part in projects within different industries.
- What do you think are the features that won you the title of the Consultant of the Year?
The basis for participating in the competition is succeeding in one’s career. This year, the special criteria was the added value to the customer or the end user and interaction with the customer in a development or consultancy project. I’ve worked as an expert or a project manager in hundreds of interesting and technically challenging projects, to which I’ve been capable of bringing new perspectives through my multidisciplinary expertise, which has also enabled world-class projects to our customers.
By nature, I strive to ensure that the job I do meets the customer’s needs and even exceeds them. I’m also open and easy to approach, I’m happy to share my knowledge and try to learn from people around me. This has helped in creating long-term relationships with colleagues, customers and partners, all of whom are a part of a network that’s essential for the success of my work.
- What are the most important elements of effective consulting?
Of course, professional and technical skills need to be up to date in order to be able to work on demanding and challenging projects. However, it’s very important to be genuinely interested in the customer’s applications and their backgrounds. This helps understand the essence of the customer’s needs as well as use my skills to maximise the added value to the customer.
- What kind of consultation could Finland give to the rest of the world?
I’m sure expertise is and will remain as Finland’s competitive advantage. That alone is not enough; what’s also needed is professional courage and an unprejudiced attitude to bring up one’s expertise in the right places and get involved in top-level challenges without previous experience.
- Who inspires you and why?
My family, especially my children. I want the set a good example to them and show that by studying and being interested in things it’s possible to, as an adult, choose a job you enjoy.
- What’s your favourite travel destination and why?
I like versatile travelling. Last winter, my wife and I went to New York, which is a great city. Next, I want to go on a relaxing beach holiday.
- How do you relax?
I spend most of my spare time with my children’s hobbies. For example, I’m the coach of my older son’s floorball team.