As a project manager for a team in Poland, Iida Ritamäki learnt that distance is not an obstacle for humane connection. Her people skills and international competence enabled her to make a huge career step.*
Two years ago, Iida Ritamäki was standing at the airport. She had recently started her job in Cybercom as a project manager, but just when she was supposed to begin her training period, she got sick. And now Iida was about to fly out to Poland to meet Cybercom’s mobile development team without any experience on that field of technology.
“I didn’t have time to be nervous, but my boss confessed later that he was a bit worried how I would handle it”, Iida says now and laughs. It didn’t take long before Iida became a valuable member of the Polish team. She was the link between Finnish customers and Polish developers, travelling back and forth and hosting meetings online and in both countries.
“It was important for me to have humane connection: even though we have 1000 kilometers between us, we know more about each other than just the name.”
It was important for me to have humane connection: even though we have 1000 kilometers between us, we know more about each other than just the name.
Working with an international team had been Iida’s dream. After she graduated with a diploma from logistics and knowledge management, she packed her bags and moved to California for six months. She found herself in Silicon Valley, networking and sitting in various IT meetups.
Back in Finland she got her first consulting job. Iida had many friends who worked in Cybercom, so when she heard about an interesting position, she didn’t hesitate to send application – emphasizing that working globally was important to her.One year later, in 2018, she got a phone call: Cybercom had a perfect job for her.
Iida worked as the project manager for 1,5 years. She was really impressed how independent and creative her team was. That’s something she wishes us Finns could learn.
“I could bring a customer to a meeting and the team had a huge amount of good ideas how to further develop the solutions they’ve created. They were always one step ahead.”
This year her focus is expanding from mobile development to global elevator and escalator industry. Iida was recently promoted to Key Account Manager for one of the most important clients of Cybercom.
“I was dreaming of this position, but I didn’t know it could happen this quick. I’m very grateful for my closest boss at Cybercom for always finding the perfect career path for me.”
She speaks highly about her other co-workers, too.
“To me it’s important how the culture is at work. I rarely work at home because I like to be surrounded by others. At Cybercom I can always ask for help and the company boosts employees to better performance.”
I’m very grateful for my closest boss at Cybercom for always finding the perfect career path for me.
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