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44 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
#59 Autism in Finland: Folashade's Story
In this episode Petra talks to Folashade, who shares the story of her family and her daughter with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in Finland. Folashade shares all about the complicated process of getting a diagnosis in Finland, about social services available for children and families with ASD, the process of accepting your child's disability, and more. What is ASD? ASD is a complex developmental condition that involves challenges in social interaction, speech, nonverbal communication, and restricted/repetitive behaviours. The severity of symptoms and additional issues are specific to each individual.
34 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
#58 Jean's Last Episode aka Goodbye Jean
In this episode, Jean and Petra meet for the last time to talk about their mastering Finland journey. They reflect on their podcast, their personal lives, Finnish bureaucracy, and towards the end, Jean also shares her secret identity with you. Come and join us in this episode full of laughter and great atmosphere.
29 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
#57 Accessibility in Gaming & Living with a Disability in Finland with Felicia Prehn
Matt speaks with Licia Prehn, who works in the gaming industry, as a producer, voice actor, and writer in Finland. They are also a board member of We in Games, a podcaster, a radio DJ, and one of the leading accessibility advocates in Finland. Licia moved to Finland about 10 years ago from Pennsylvania for love and a change of scenery. When the relationship did not work out, Licia decided to stay in Finland. They enrolled in a full-time Finnish language course and put down roots. Listen to this episode and learn more about Felicia's experience in the gaming industry, their taste in music, but also about their advocating for the LGBTQ+ rights in Finland.
26 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
#56 Parenting in Finland with Rabea
In this episode, Jean talks to Rabea about her Finnish journey including auparing, university tutoring, and exchange studies. They also talked about parenting, and the Parenting with Sisu podcast.
47 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
#55 Swedish Community in Finland, PhD & Depression, and Municipal Elections with Arseniy
In this episode, Petra talks to Arseniy Lobanovskiy, who moved to Finland from Russia about 6 years ago. Arseniy talks about his learning of both Finnish and Swedish languages and its impact on fitting within the communities in Finland. Moreover, he sheds a light on the Swedish community in Finland. He also speaks about his battle with depression during his studies and the psychological help he was able to get via his PhD position at the University of Turku. Additionally, we talk about his role as a board member of the feminist magazine Astra and his political ambitions in Finland.
18 minutes | May 31, 2021
#54 From the UK to Finland: Jessica's Story
Jean chats with Jessica, who is originally from the UK. Jessica moved to Finland in 2016 to live with her Finnish partner. In this week’s episode, Jean and Jessica talk about volunteer opportunities in Finland and the importance of volunteer work in a functioning society. Jessica noted cultural differences between her family in the UK and her partner’s family in Finland. For example, her family’s tradition of spending evenings in front of the TV with takeaway food was replaced with healthy meals eaten around the table and followed by a family board game. Jessica studied international business at Turku University of Applied Sciences and her thesis topic looked into the motivation for and benefits of volunteer work among students in Finland. Listen for more information about Jessica and her journey! Links: AIESEC Finnish Red Cross Startup Refugees Ambitious Africa Workaway
30 minutes | May 24, 2021
#53 Municipal Elections with Sini Korpinen
This week, Petra is joined by Sini Korpinen. Sini is a political podcast host and a municipal election candidate. She visited for a chat about the significance of municipal elections for Finns and foreigners living in Finland and provided clear instructions on how to attend the upcoming municipal elections in Finland. Links: Double Check Voting Eligibility Simple Election Guide Learn More About Finnish Parliament YLE Election Compass in English Election Website of the Ministry of Justice
28 minutes | May 17, 2021
#52 Multilingual and Multicultural MONIKU-service with Counsellor Alba
Moniku began as a temporary project aimed at reducing inequality and usage of rehabilitation services among multicultural families. When the need for Moniku services continued to grow, however, the project was made permanent. Today, Alba serves about 15 families per week. Moniku’s services are important, Alba explains, because multicultural parents might be reluctant to speak their native languages with their child or expose their children to their native cultures. This could be for many reasons; for example, families might fear impacting their child’s Finnish language learning. Links: Moniku Palvelu Espoo MONIKU-palvelu Facebook
32 minutes | May 10, 2021
#51 Brazilian Musician in Finland: Pedro's Story
Pedro Bergamo is a singer/songwriter from Brazil who originally moved to Finland for love. In this episode, he shares his deep connection to music, his influences, and his songwriting process. Also, Matt and Pedro also listen to and discuss one of Pedro's latest releases, "Abrahadabra!". Pedro's website: https://pedrobergamo.com
37 minutes | May 3, 2021
#50 How to Land a Job in Finland with Carl Nykopp
Tune in for an informative chat with Karl, an executive consultant and headhunter in Finland. Karl decided to pursue a career in recruitment, a process that had always intrigued him, after a long career in banking and leisure. In his role as a headhunter, Karl conducts targeted searches for candidates that fit a specialized profile. Although many might imagine that headhunters only seek high-level executives for large companies, Karl works for companies of various sizes looking to fill a wide range of positions. For tips on what mistakes not to make, how to approach a potential employer, and how to emphasize your strengths while still appearing humble, tune in to this week’s episode. Be sure to listen to the end, so that you don’t miss Karl’s responses to listener questions.
31 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
#49 From Finnish Vappu to Armenian Culture with Aino
In this episode Aino talks about the Finnish tradition Vappu that is annualy celebrate on May 1st. She also shares many interesting experiences with Armenian culture an answers listeners’ questions. She gives great advice for impressing your Finnish in-laws, as well as important things to keep in mind if you plan on moving to Finland (sneak peak: bring a good pair of boots!)
28 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
#48 How I Married My Finnish Penpal: Matt Bowen's Story
Please join us in welcoming Matt, our new co-host at Mastering Finland! Matt moved to Finland for love in 2016. He packed up his life in Maryland, and married his penpal of 10 years! Today, Matt lives happily in Pori with his wife, Sanni, and their son, Edvin. Tune into episode 48 to hear Matt’s story, and to get a sneak peak at what to expect from his upcoming episodes. Be sure to check out our links below where you can find Matt’s online presence. You will also find a link to the non-profit friendship organization Matt recommends for anyone looking to participate in cultural exchange in Finland. Links: SAM Foundation Matt's Blog My Life in Finland YouTube Everyday Musician
32 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
#47 With ADHD in Finland: Roham's Story
17 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
#46 Co-Writing and Self-Publishing a Book in Finland: Pamela & Eloisa
This is the first episode of the "International Authors in Finland" series, and in this episode, we welcome mother and daughter Pamela and Eloisa Spokes. They co-wrote a book together during the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic when Eloisa experienced distance learning and spent lots of time at home with her mum. That's when the idea to create an engaging book for families sparked their minds. Their book "Would You Rather...?" is also translated to the Finnish language and offers excellent entertainment for everybody ready to have some fun. Listen to this episode and learn more about the authors, creating and self-publishing the book. Buy here: https://amzn.to/2OlOEtn
26 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
#45 PhD in Finland & Connection between Finland and Japan
This week, Jean sat down to chat with Karina, a PhD student of Applied Linguistics at the University of Jyväskylä. Originally from Japan, Karina began her upper secondary education in Australia. There, she experienced quite a bit of culture shock as a result of the louder, more direct Australian culture. In Finland, Karina once again feels at home. Read on, or listen to episode 45, to learn more about Karina’s story.
54 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
#44 Finding Work in Finland: Recruiters' Perspective
In this episode we combined two interviews together to provide you an overall picture of recruitment in FInland enriched by many tips and suggestions on how to improve your job-searching in Finland. In the first part of the interview (0:00-24:25), we talked to Hannah Gay that started her Finnish journey as an intern at The Shortcut, a company you may remember from our previous episode. She currently works as a talent acquisition consultant at Tieto Evry. Hannah shared with us her views on the current international job market in Finland. After meeting with Hannah, we chatted with Miina Väisänen (24:25), a Finnish recruitment professional living in Paris. Miina has an eclectic background in recruitment, psychology, and freelance journalism. Miina grew up in Helsinki, where she was educated in psychology and journalism. After working as a recruitment specialist in a Nordic-French company, Miina briefly returned to Finland to continue her education before returning to Paris. In her current role as an international career consultant, she works with students who are looking for professional direction. We really enjoyed sitting down to talk with both of these knowledgeable and helpful guests, and we hope you do, too! Tune in to hear more about the Finnish recruitment process from an inside perspective. As always, be sure to check out the links in the description box for more information. Links: Hannah's LinkedIn Nordic Diversify Miina's LinkedIn
33 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
#43 Unlocking Your Potential with The Shortcut
Continuing our series on job-seeking in Finland, Petra chats with Stefan Cave. Originally from the UK, Stefan moved to Finland with his partner in 2019 seeking a better work-life balance. Upon arriving in Finland, he applied his background in HR and operations management to his role as COO at talent accelerator The Shortcut. Tune in to this episode for Stefan’s advice for international job seekers and to learn more about how The Shortcut can help you. You can check out the company’s success stories and sign up for upcoming events at the links below. Links: Stefan's LinkedIn The Shortcut Homepage Success Stories Upcoming events
29 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
#42 Talent Attraction & Retention with Iiris Ranta
Iiris Ranta, who recently graduated from the University of Jyväskylä with a master’s degree in intercultural management. While completing her thesis on international talent recruitment and retention in the city of Jyväskylä, Iiris focused on the topics of labour migration and the internationalization of higher education. The results of her thesis support the idea that in order to create successful ecosystems and services for international job seekers, public governance should turn to the knowledge and experiences of the internal talent which already exists locally. Additionally, we talked about a very important articles, which you might recall from our coverage last month, centered on an article written about the Home Care Allowance received by stay-at-home moms in Finland. The article focused on the benefits available to migrant women who stay at home to raise their children. The article suggested that migrant women stay at home because they have this allowance, and would not work if they had the opportunity. Listen to this episode to hear more about Iiris's thoughts, views, and ideas related to the topic of job-seeking. Links KYKY & Co. Podcast Our summary on articles mentioned in this episode
34 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
#41 Danielle: A Postpartum Doula aka Parents' Support & Community Provider
This week, we had Doula Danielle on to talk about her experience working as a post-partum doula in Helsinki. Through her personal practice, Mothers Transition, and as a member of The Nest Helsinki International Doulas+, Danielle offers needed support for new mothers and their families. Growing up, Danielle moved around quite a bit. Born in Israel, Danielle also lived in Copenhagen, Finland, and Amsterdam. She recently returned to Finland in August of 2020 with her husband, a Finn, and their four-month-old baby. To learn more about Danielle and her journey, listen to this episode and check her recourses. LINKS: Mothers Transition Homepage Free Online Workshop The Nest Helsinki International Doulas+ Send Danielle a Message
34 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
#40 Varpu (Her Finland): Making Sense of Finnish Language & Culture
Meet Varpu, your “Finnish fairy godmother.” On her online platform Her Finland, you can find culture-based language courses that will help you master Finnish (or, at least learn enough to get by), as well as tips and tricks for thriving in Finland - from the perspective of a native Finn! We sat down to chat about Varpu’s motivations for building Her Finland, the challenges of building a digital business, and the services she provides. Listen in for details on her upcoming language support course, price ranges, discounts, and a sneak peek at her plans for the future! Oh, and don’t forget to check out our link for the upcoming MasterMind class (limited access) that starts on March 1st 2021, and for the 30% off of Varpu’s cookbook, featuring tons of crave-worthy Finnish treats! Her Finland FREE Connect with Finns Course FREE Spark Your Finnish class Upcoming MasterMind group (Limited access) course 30% Off Varpu’s Cookbook
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