Work History

Work History
May 2012 - Present

Executive Assistant

The Embassy of Finland in Oslo

Event planning, diplomatic correspondence with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs both in Norway and Finland, head of protocol at the Embassy, intern/extern communication, networking with the relevant actors,  preparation of program and logistics for visiting delegations, back office support for the Ambassador and Deputy Head of Mission, substitute for the Finance and IT responsible.

Jan 2010 - Jun 2010

Tutor for International Exchange Students

University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu
Helping the new exchange students with all the practicalities during their first weeks in Finland, informing about the Finnish culture and traditions, and arranging different kind of social activities.
2008 - 2011

A la carte- Waitress

Drammen Skutebrygge, Drammen

Summer job/a part-time job to finance studies. Work in this busy restaurant required stress tolerance and excellent customer service skills. 

Oct 2004 - Jul 2007

General Assistant

Hollybourne Hotels Ltd.,  Haslemere, England 

My time in this medium-sized hotel started as a gap year in England and continued later as a summer job. I was given more responsibility each year and my tasks included restaurant and bar work to begin with, and later also hotel reception work, event planning, procurement for restaurant and spa center, training the new employees, and duty manager shifts during summer 2007.

Education

Education
2010 - 2012

Master of Science (MSc) in International Business

Handelshøyskolen BI, Oslo
Master thesis: “Performance Drivers of Norwegian and Finnish Born Globals: The Role of Strategic Orientations and Government Export Promotion” (Grade A)
Aug 2011 - Jan 2012

Exchange Student

Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Austria

Study areas: International Human Resource Management, Market Research, Micro-Credits from Economic and Gender Perspectives, and Business German

2008 - 2010

Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration    

University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu

Bachelor thesis: "Challenges and opportunities of Re-Branding" (Grade A)

Aug 2007 - May 2008

Exchange Student

University of Oslo (UiO)

Courses: Norwegian for foreigners (Levels 1-3), Media Economics, and Gender Studies

2005 - 2010

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English Language and Culture

University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu

Minors: Media Culture and Communications and Gender Studies

Skills

Skills

Organization & Prioritization skills

I am used to working in a hectic environment and can work with many projects at the same time. My way of working is based on GTD (Getting Things Done) principles.

Communication and PR

I have good understanding of the main areas of public relations and public diplomacy. Especially government and media relations as well as crisis communication are central in the Embassy environment and I have received plenty of training on these topics. As I am in charge of the internal communication in my current position, I understand very well the importance of sharing information with the right people at the right time. 

Event Management

I have very solid experience in event management. I have been arranging everything from high-level political meetings to cultural exhibition openings and product launch events. Due to this experience I am good at anticipating any problems that might arise and proactively prevent them. I always have a plan B ready. As a head of protocol at the Embassy, I have good knowledge of the rules and expectations when it comes to high-level guests.

General Administration

General administration consisting of making travel arrangements, scheduling appointments, managing calendars, updating contact lists, coordinating meetings and events, distributing and crafting correspondence, archiving documents.

International Affairs

I have always been interested in other cultures and international issues. Through my studies and job experience I have acquired  a wide international network and I am able to operate in complex international environment. Furthermore, my job experience from the Embassy has given me good knowledge of international issues in the fields of politics and business.

Computer skills

I have excellent command of Microsoft office tools (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Lync). I can operate internet search engines effectively and I am familiar with both Windows and MAC O/S. I am familiar with all the most common social media applications and their use. I also have basic knowledge of Photoshop and InDesign. I learn new systems very quickly and I am not afraid to experiment with the new programs and applications.

Languages

References

Finnish

Native proficiency

English

Full Professional Working Proficiency

Norwegian

Very Good Professional working proficiency

German

Limited working proficiency