Name: Santeri Vairio
Job description: Software developer
What is something that not everyone knows about you?
– Sea scouting has been part of my life since I was a kid. It’s a form of scouting where you spend time on the water, for example sailing, in addition to regular scouting activities. I’m no longer actively involved in the weekly activities, but the hobby has given me so much over the years that I want to give something back to the younger scouts. Sailing is expensive, and this hobby makes it cheaper to experience and enjoy it. I’m currently a sailing skipper, so I take kids and young people sailing and help with boat maintenance. I try to be involved whenever I have spare time and when extra hands are needed. One of the best experiences I’ve had was when we took part in a Tall Ships Races event a few years back. Thanks to my hobby, I’ve also taken my colleagues sailing – it has been nice.
– There’s one other thing I must mention; something I didn’t know existed before joining Identio and participating in the annual cycling competition Kilometrikisa (“kilometre competition”). The competition helped me discover cycling, and I’ve really enjoyed it. I would have never thought that I could like endurance sports.
What was the spark that inspired you to join Identio?
– My interest was piqued on a Christmas cruise when I had a chat with a few friends of mine who worked at Identio. It must have been a year or so before I was hired. I was fascinated by the relatively young company and the opportunity to have a real impact on its development and growth.
– In a young company, nothing is too set in stone. Not the culture, or the working methods, or anything else. And I must admit, knowing some of the employees is always a big plus.
What drives you in your work?
– Constantly learning is the key thing, definitely. It can get boring if you are doing the same thing over and over again, but it helps when something new is introduced, such as a new technology. Small changes are also enough.
– I have now worked on the same project for several years. I was lucky to join the project at such an early stage that I’ve been able to work on a wide range of tasks. My job description is very diverse, which makes many things possible. That’s why I have enjoyed working on the project and haven’t felt the need for change.
– In summary, diverse tasks that help me learn and develop are the key.
What would you like to tell your future colleagues?
– How diverse the software sector is. I guess it’s obvious for experienced developers, but you might not realise it when you enter the field. It took me a while to understand how many roles there are and how the tasks can vary between and within projects. I had to gain experience of different roles to find the things I was actually interested in. There are so many options out there that you need to try them yourself to find what you enjoy the most. That’s why you should approach all opportunities with an open mind. Sometimes, you might find what you are looking for within the same project.
– I would also encourage more experienced software developers to try different roles. How can you be sure that you are working in the best possible role if you have never tried anything else?
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