May 6, 2019

My career: From start to Finnish

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Johannes Romppanen

Ceyda Söderblom, Turkey
Co-founder and CEO

Ceyda and her husband, a Swedish-speaking Finnish artist, decided to settle in Helsinki three years ago. With 18 years of experience in the cultural industry, working as a programmer for international festivals with close ties to world-known institutions, orchestras, artists and ensembles, she wanted to start a new chapter in her professional life. Now Ceyda works as a cultural entrepreneur, curator and cultural manager. She is the co-founder and CEO of an innovative platform: a facilitator and connector for promoting transnational collaborations.

1. What I find surprising about working in Finland is… the possibility for employees in most institutions to go for a study leave. In many cultures that I know, such sabbatical leaves are not often promoted.

2. If I could change one thing about Finnish working life it would be… making people be more generous at work and in their communications. Generosity and curiosity make business life fruitful for all involved.

3. My favourite thing about Finland is… being close to nature and having a chance to experience silence. I love it!

4. How I got my current job is… by choosing the rocky road. Like many entrepreneurs, I am not somebody who easily gives up. All my numerous job applications in Finland had been rejected; I decided to start my own company to show the way for a change in the cultural field.

5. The piece of advice I would give to someone contemplating coming to work in Finland is… to be persistent. Moving to another country and starting a life from scratch is a very personal experience, and there is not one remedy for the stress one faces during the process. The good thing about Finland is having a chance to do something; for real, for good.

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