IRINA VENHO, SPECIALIST: “The most rewarding thing about my job is testing out new features and finding that they work like they’re supposed to.”
What do you do at Funidata?
I started at Funidata as a project assistant in August 2017 and got involved with the development of Sisu right from the start. In addition to participating in the development and planning of Sisu, I was also responsible for translating the user interface from Finnish to English and adding the Swedish and English translations to the system as well as maintaining Sisu’s standard code books and Jira projects. After a year and a half, my title was updated to specialist. Since the summer of 2019, I’ve been working as a product owner and leading one of the Sisu development teams.
What’s the most challenging part of you job? What about the most rewarding?
The most challenging part is getting a handle on a system as big as Sisu, taking all possible use cases into consideration, and prioritising development tickets. Herding a development team also has its challenges. The most rewarding part is testing out new features and finding that they work like they’re supposed to.
Why did you apply for a job at Funidata?
I was looking for a job that would give me the chance to use my extensive experience in university administration, accumulated over nine years at the Aalto University admissions and student services as well as the University Admissions Finland service center under the University of Helsinki. Before coming to Funidata, I had already gathered experience in administrative processes, further development of student application and selection systems, communications, building and maintaining websites, customer service, and translations (Finnish-English-Finnish)
What’s the best thing about working at Funidata?
The people I work with, flat organisational structure, relaxed and fun atmosphere, and good benefits.
What’s the best way to take you mind of work?
Spending time with family and friends, immersing myself in the wonderful world of streaming services, reading books and poetry, watching NHL hockey (let’s go Pens!), and going to stand-up comedy gigs.