A lucky coincidence started a career at YIT
YIT Site Manager Jari Paajanen (32) had a hunger for adventure, mulled over the decision for quite a while and, finally, left for Stockholm to build the Henriksdal wastewater treatment plant expansion under the E2 tunnel project.
“I wanted to see places outside Finland. This was an easy and safe place to start as Sweden is relatively similar to Finland but still different,” says Paajanen.
Jari’s wife moved to Stockholm with him and, after a brief search, the couple found a comfortable home with a great location. The HR department helped the Paajanens plan the changes in their life.
“The people at the Head Office offered us help and information on moving. I also worked hard to find information and ask all the necessary questions when planning our departure,” says Paajanen.
He also worked on his Swedish skills on a language course offered by YIT. Even though Paajanen studied Swedish at school, it was never one of his strengths.
“People have understood that I’m from another country and can’t speak the language perfectly. I’ve told people that if I can’t understand something, we should switch to English to make sure we understand each other. Everyone has been fine with that,” says Paajanen.
He has felt welcome in Sweden.
In infrastructure construction, Jari is particularly interested in diverse construction sites and tunnel construction for various needs.
“The scale is extensive; my last project was the construction of the world’s first final disposal facility for nuclear fuel and now we are building a wastewater tunnel in Stockholm. My next project may be a motorway tunnel or a metro. Tunnels have a wide variety of uses, which fascinates me. The people working in infrastructure construction are like-minded, which makes the work fun,” says a thankful Paajanen.