I have a master’s degree in civil engineering and worked in a completely different field in road construction before joining Proxion. A friend of mine who had worked for Proxion tipped me off about it. I heard the basics of the company and its history from him, but that’s all. The railway industry in Finland is quite unusual in the sense that it cannot be studied anywhere. Competence only accumulates at work.
I started at Proxion in 2016 as a safety device designer. It is natural for me to develop my own skills briskly and so I eventually progressed to become a project manager. Gradually, I began to carry out surveys related to the Pan-European railway traffic management system, ERTMS. Since the beginning of 2021, I have been the ERTMS system design team leader. Our team focuses on the design and definition of ERTMS in Finland. The ERTMS system will replace the Finnish national train access control system in the coming decades. The most inspiring thing about my work is that everything we’re doing right now is related to something new and we are getting involved in strategic-level planning.
Proxion has proven to be an extremely good workplace. The best thing is the co-workers. There have not yet been any problems or challenges that have been caused by the people around me.
It is very important to me that the job provides an opportunity to develop and move forward. I have always believed that doing things is the best way to learn and that is exactly what has happened when I moved into more responsible and difficult positions. It’s great to be able to make a big impact here on what your job description is and what you want it to be in the future.
Proxion gives you both freedom and responsibility. The employer trusts the employees. If you do your job well, working time is quite free. You can hit the gym in the middle of the day if there are no meetings.
After such a modern working culture, it would be difficult to return to a nine-to-five timecard job.
Proxion is an attractive workplace for many professionals in different fields who share a common passion and the right attitude. Since these things cannot be learned in school, one must have the courage and desire to ask and find out.
If you get to work here and do your work well, the work is sure to be continued.