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Sievo through the eyes of two Summer Seals

Katri Karjalainen and Linda Laakkonen Aug 12, 2022

About 3,5 months ago we opened the door to Sievo’s Helsinki office for the first time. We were full of enthusiasm and excitement and wondered how this summer would look like.

Fast forward to August 11th, we are having the last Summer Seal event with the most amazing colleagues you could ever hope for! How did the time go so fast and what has happened during these months? 

This year Summer Seals worked in many teams and roles, such as marketing, data management, sales, solution support and engineering. After our first day at Sievo we already felt like home.

People were super welcoming and so many Sievonians came to say hi personally during our first day. We immediately realized that at Sievo the atmosphere is super chill but professional at the same time.  


Best things about working at Sievo

At Sievo, Summer Seals are given a lot of responsibility. We have been taking part on different projects and gotten own projects to manage and work on.

We have truly been part of the team and our colleagues have been super supportive during the whole summer. Working with global companies and procurement leaders from different fields has been super interesting and it has been a huge learning journey for us.  

In addition, it has been great to notice how people at Sievo have the freedom to try out new things and find their interests.

For example, it is possible to do a rotation in a different team or even at one of the other Sievo offices! Us Summer Seals have also had the opportunity to do a project for another team, which for some of us has been totally different to what we do in our day-to-day work. It has not only been fun but also a great way to get to know the company better. 


Our favourite memories from the summer 

Linda: It is difficult to name one favourite memory from summer as there has been many great moments at the office - having delicious lunches with the team at various restaurants around, hanging out with Summer Seals during and after the office hours as well as drinking cocktails and listening to amazing karaoke performances at our office summer party. However, I feel like our team events at Linnanmäki and adventure park Korkee have been great team building opportunities where we have overcome our fears together by going to rollercoaster Taiga and balancing on ropes metres above the ground! 

Katri: Way too many great memories I would love to mention here! During my first week at Sievo we had a Sales & Marketing kick-off week which was probably the best way to start the summer. I mean, is there a better way to get to know your new colleagues than by a Kalinka pitcher or spending the evening at Saunasaari? Also, it was great to have a Summer Seal hangout with our CEO Sammeli and get to know him better. (Also winning a pool match is always a good moment, doesn’t happen too often though 😀).

Tips for future Summer Seals

Applying to Summer Academy is definitely worth it. We encourage you to apply even though you wouldn’t fill all the requirements mentioned in the job description, you might still be the perfect match for the role.

Most important is that you are curious to learn more about Sievo’s solutions and not afraid to ask questions and take on new challenges!  

All in all, we are super proud to be part of Sievo and we have had an amazing summer with our Summer Seal community.

If you want to know more about our time here, check out Sievo’s Instagram highlights! We both did an Instagram takeover during the summer, so you’ll find more of our experiences there :) 

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