–If you are interested in finance, you could supplement your studies with some business courses. If you are interested in the medical field, you could take some biology or chemistry to develop a more specialized expertise.
Seth comes from Arkansas, nicknamed “the Natural State” – so maybe coming to Finland wasn’t too much of a culture shock.
–There’s so much nature and wildlife in Arkansas, and here you have different lakes and different wildlife, but otherwise the appearance is pretty similar.
And Seth can speak from experience, as he has already lived in Finland for more than three and a half years. If everything goes well, he could be staying here for some time longer.
–I really like the company that I’m with now. Especially with this corona situation going on, I’m really interested in seeing how the digitalised pharmacy will develop and grow. In the future, I want my title to be AI scientist or Data Scientist – someone who is building smart systems, using data to provide customers with a personalized experience.
Data scientists are currently in high demand, so surely there are many career opportunities waiting.
–I’m pretty confident there would be multiple job opportunities available if I wasn’t employed already. Here in Kuopio we study in the Technopolis building, which is connected to a lot of companies’ offices, and in Joensuu the studies take place in the Science Park which is a similar environment. So basically, your future employers might be eating at the same cafeteria with you. I really like how the university and companies are so tightly intertwined.
Seth has a few tips to share for any future applicants and students.
–Show how unique you are in the application. It’s a good opportunity to say something other than, “I got good grades.” I would also recommend learning the basics of the Finnish language. You’ll make friends much faster, and it’s a great way to show your respect for Finnish culture. I learned a lot when I was volunteering in an English-language kindergarten in Kuopio, where I spoke English to the kids and they replied to me in Finnish.
Now Seth has moved to Helsinki to work, plan his thesis and study – which will all be online, due to the Covid-19 precautions.
–During my football years in Kuopio, life was pretty hectic with practice and coursework. It’s a good feeling to step back and have more time to do what I really enjoy – and explore more about myself. But there’s all kinds of events and things to do in Kuopio or Joensuu, if you’re willing to put yourself out there. I would highly recommend showing up at the student events and getting to know people.