My name is Perttu Halonen. And I’m part of something supportive.
As far back as I can remember I wanted to be a fireman.
When I was 10, one of my friends had a really cool fireman’s outfit. I asked him where he got it, and he said he was a member of a voluntary fire brigade. So I joined too. It’s something I still do today here in Helsinki.
Nowadays I also have a full time job. I work for Nokia Siemens Networks, in security research. It’s about making sure our processes and products are safe from hacking or security breaches.
Something I really appreciate about my job is the work/life balance. Nokia Siemens Networks has been very positive and supportive about my commitment to the fire brigade. And they’ve given me the flexibility I need to fit my voluntary service around my working life.
For example, there might be times I need to leave work at short notice, to help with an emergency. As long as I clear it with my line managers, and make up my hours later on, it’s OK.
I’m glad I have this flexibility, because I think my job and my hobby complement each other really well. Because whether you’re protecting a building from fire or a network from a malicious attack, it comes down to the same thing: keeping people safe.
When I think about it, being at Nokia Siemens Networks has helped me realise a lot of my childhood ambitions. I’ve always wanted a job where I help keep people safe. And that’s exactly what I’m doing.
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