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Metropolia Business School, Leiritie 1, Myyrmäki, Vantaa
13.12.2013 @ 15:00 – 18:00 (room A118)
Metropolia students created the Eye Watching competition as a part of the digital marketing course. To participate you just need to take an eye-watching picture and post it on their Facebook page.
The competition will last until the midnight on 7th of December so everybody still has some time to post his or her pictures to enter the competition. As it is a competition there is a price! Winner gets a free entrance and €15 to spend for the happy ending party! You can vote for the winner from 8th until the 14th.
Check out the pictures and take your own! You can find the rules on their Facebook!
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(Photo by Minja Smura, EM13)
November was actually a high time in this semester when we were truly become ‘marathon’ runners. Getting the assignment finished while juggling part time jobs, and social activities with university was our main goal. Working too hard and worrying too much, however, turned out to be ‘burnout’.
As the days were getting darker, the stress seemed grow among us. We considered short breaks between working important that could help us switch off, particularly for the weekend. To prepare for a presentation or write up a report, we also tried to get some fun time outside for ourselves with our families and friends; then when we came back feeling fresh gave a good boost and motivation on work. Besides, in a short break, we also put on some calming music that would help us get in better frame of mind.
We didn’t believe that anyone truly enjoyed the feeling of knowing that it was dark when you went to school and even darker when you left. (One of us almost missed a bus stop this morning because it was so dark?!)
The only thing that somehow improved the dark and grey atmosphere was the thought that Finland would turn into a winter wonderland when there would be snow (read: sleet) outside.
Combining the darkness with the amount of piled up assignments just seemed cruel. We honestly haven’t had even counted how many assignments we had to do by the notorious week 51. The amount must surely be infinite.
It was challenging, and it would probably only get even more difficult. But no assignment so far has actually managed to shatter our motivation.
As the days get darker and the due dates got closer there were some challenges that we faced. People often got stressed for the amount of work and the darkness could have effects on our mood too. Some people might even have been depressed. For these reasons it was important to learn to prevent stress.
For many the winter in Finland could be hard. The days became very short and this made people feel more tired than normally. It became difficult to do the homework and study after long days at school. There were many challenges that we faced in our studies, but they were not something that are impossible to deal with. It was just about knowing yourself and what was the best way for you to do things. For some it might be about managing the time well and for some it could be doing sports as a way of reducing stress. The best ways to prevent stress would probably be to do the homework on time, sleep enough and not to set too high expectations for yourself.
The fact was that Finland’s winter was dark and long, but we just had to learn to deal with it. We all were feeling stressed sometimes, but it was not the end of the world. Everything got much easier when we remembered to stay positive in difficult situations and just tried to do our best.
Before high school we honestly didn’t even realise the darkness that swallows whole Finland during winter months. During those three years in high school we were quite able to deal with the dark months but now it really has hit us hard – We didn’t know anything more upsetting than Tuesdays when sun rose just before we arrived in Myyrmäki and set before last lessons have ended. Lucky not to live in Lapland with 24/7 darkness! Even tough days were sometimes hard and grim, we had few, classy, tips how to survive.
One – attitude. It was all about how one set mind towards the fact that it would be dark and cold next four months. Whining didn’t decrease the amount of homework, the snow melt or the sun shine.
Two – prioritising and planning. Procrastination would only make things harder, not remove them, so set clear plans when to write this essay and that report and stick in your schedule. Thereby the workload would be more easily handled and all upcoming deadlines won’t freak you out.
Three – relax. Everyone should also take time for relaxation; meeting friends, reading novels, watching telly or whatever made you forget stress. Stress and polar night combined would be very hard to cope with! Mulled wine or a cup of tea and a good film made you feel bad said no one ever, so take all advantage out of this period when it was acceptable to get buried in sofa and eat leftover christmas chocolate as much as you want.
See, classics weren’t classics without ground!
Written by Ekaluokkalaiset
Last Thursday there was an Alumni event on Metropolia Business School. The amazing Keynote speaker, Harini Chari, held a very informative presentation about personal branding. After Harini received her well-deserved applauses our double-degree alumni took over. The five alumni available for the event were: Mihail Donchev (EBA, graduated 2012) Henna Heiskanen (EM, graduated 2013) Sampsa Raitamäki (EBA, graduated 2012) Sylvia Markert (EBA, graduated 2013) Robert Lindström (EM, Graduated 2005). They talked about life after Metropolia and gave us useful tips.
Keynote speaker Harini Chari, Brand and networks strategist, American Chamber of Commerce.
Harini Chari, the keynote speaker of the event, talked about personal branding. She is Brand and Networks strategist in American Chamber of Commerce. She started with an example of how people evaluate other people. When someone mentions President Obama our brain associates him with certain qualities. Personal branding is something we are involved in our professional lives.
The brand called you
Harini Chari explained how we should consider the way we appear to other people. What we say or don’t say, our behavior in whole, both in real life and on the web. She used an example from social media. Often our LinkedIn and Facebook profiles are very different. Our LinkedIn profiles look very professional and Facebook is full of pictures from the previous night from the bar. We should build our personal brand in all of the social media, not just LinkedIn. She reminded us that our reputation is our brand. We build a product, which is the sum of our skills, experiences, and values.
One point to remember is that you can alter the way people see you. You can change the way people see you. Give a real value to others, after that you can expect to get something from them. Show them something real of you and your skills then they will remember you. And create a story of you that is memorable. A very simplified guideline for your story: Reflect, Reveal, Radiate.
Harini Chari showed a very simple task that helps you to see your strengths. “I use my ___________________________ & ________________________ for ________________________.” This is a seemingly simple task, but can be surprisingly difficult and it can teach you something about yourself.
Power of words: it’s a beautiful day and I can’t see it.
There were five alumni in the event. They all have double-degrees since this was sort of a kick-off for 20th year of our double-degree program. The alumni gave great advice from a point of view that is easy to relate to.
Most of the alumni felt like they made the right choice to start working after graduation rather than go for master degree right away. But some of them could consider doing their masters later on. That is something you need to decide yourself and do what feels right for you. Other career choices fall into the same category, do something you that you’re interested in. Be yourself and make others to believe what you can really achieve.
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The Metropolia Blog is back in business with a brand new team! We will be talking about all sorts of things during this autumn.
Our purpose is to entertain and inform you of up and coming events, courses, and other topics such as:
- travel experiences
- exchange topics
- business topics
- competitions in Metropolia
Things to know about:
- A two day startup event on 11th-12th November. It brings together the early-stage startup scene in the region along with top-tier angel investors and venture capitalists .
- Apply by Oct 15th ( more information: http://www.slush.org/)
And remember, if interested, you still have some time to enroll for the electives on the intensive week. (Week 43) Also remember to follow us on Facebook .
See you next week and enjoy the lovely (joking) weather!
We have written previously about StartUP Challenge a year long course for entrepreneurial students. Using feedback from last years StartUP Challenge students the course has changed to focus more on idea generation and other early stage entrepreneurial areas. This year StartUP Challenge will work with Business Model Competition Finland.
Business Model Competition (BMC)
The competition is an international one with colleges such as Harvard and Stanford University taking part. Over 1,000 teams and 100 universities in 10 countries competed in the 2013 International Business Model Competition. The Finnish competition winners will compete in the international competition finals in Brigham Young University USA in May 2014.
The course will continue to work with JAYE (Junior Achievers Young Entrepreneurs) and their competition will take place in May with the opportunity to compete for the Hyundai Brilliant Young Entrepreneur award €15,000
StartUP Challenge & BMC Info Session
An information session will take place on Wednesday 11th of September at 16:45 in A111a Metropolia Business School. Ola Sundell of Hub Helsinki and organiser of Business Model Competition will come to tell more about the plans for the competition.
You cannot sign up to StartUP Challenge in Winha you need to apply via their referral page www.startupchallenge.fi and refer another person to receive an application form.
StartUP Challenge will begin in Week 38. It will run generally on Wednesdays at 16:45 in A111a Metropolia Business School but will be often at different location due to attendance at startup events.