Assignment 1

This blog text is made as an assignment for English course I’m attending at the moment: ECIP, Reading and Oral Skills Spring 2020. Thanks for reading! I hope you will enjoy. 

Assignment goes like this: 

For this week’s assignmentyour main task is to begin your blog by writing an introduction to yourself and your blogThe post should include a description of your best projectthe project of which you are most proudWhat did you doWho did you work withWhat was challengingWhat made the project worthwhileWhat impact did it have on other peopleWhat did you learnWhy are you proud of the projectPlease also discuss one goal you have related to your English learning 

Hello! 

My name is Iikka Järvenpää. I’m 28 years old guy living in Oulu, North Ostrobothnia, Finland.  Now I’m working at Siikalatva’s municipality as a project manager. I also study in Oulu University, a subject called information processing science, which is like a computer science but more focused on software and user-computer interaction. Officially I’m also self-employed through my company Digikiihdyttämö, but I haven’t had time too much for that recently. 

 
As a hobby I like to listen audiobooks, walk around nice parks and forests, good parties and of course good food. 
 
As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, this post is an assignment from our English course I’m attending to. Part of this assignment is to share here about best project I have done so far, something I’m proud of… But no project has been “the best project”, but I’ll tell you about one good one related loosely to this website…. 

 
This website is first website I have ever made. I made it already in 2017. In that time, I was studying in a vocational college and the first purpose for this website was to be my personal photography portfolio. You can still find some traces of that by checking my Instagram feed from the section “Flow”. 

As amazing as it feels, very soon after I had created this simple website where you are reading this text right now, I got first inquiry about if I can make websites for one small business… That was something I had been looking forward to, because after years of working in other peoples’ companies I had dream to be self-employed or even small business manager. Still, that surprised me, but I could have not said no, to that inquiry. I also made an offer to make some photography, which was way stronger skill for me than building websites, for that business, as a part of the deal. I ended up closing that deal with two websites for this restaurant mini chain. I still don’t know where I got all that self-confidence to take care of that, but I putted together all my skills and efforts and I finally succeed to build those websites. 

The journey was really challenging, I had to really learn so many things. I believed I could use just ready solutions available all around the internet, but that was not enough. My client expected some customization and I had to take a deep dip to html, CSS and even to php. 

I used hours and hours to solve all the problems and finish all the customizations my client asked me to do. I can tell you, in the beginning the negotiated price of this work sounded quite good, but in the end, I knew my hourly salary became quite low in this project, but if I count in all those things I learned during the process, my salary became enormous! 

So, in the end my client got functional websites and photos, I got so much new experience and skill + money and so much self-confidence. Everyone was happy with the website. My business Digikiihdyttämö got started. After that I found other clients, who I offered audiovisual solutions for money. Sometimes websites, sometimes social media marketing, sometimes photography and later videos too. I got experience as an entrepreneur and that helped me to land really nice job in municipality of Siikalatva. Things can go unexpected ways and that’s actually just cool thing about the life in my opinion… 

Teaching of that story is this: If you want to progress fast, throw yourself into “deep end of the pool” and swim back to home from there. Put yourself into problem you are quite sure you can solve even you don’t know yet exactly how. You will most likely to find out how, be brave! Of course, this doesn’t apply for situation that could put other people into danger, use your common sense…! 

And last but not least thing assignment tells me to do, is to discuss about one goal I have related to my English learning: 

  • I think I want to write better in English. Learn to make (about) correct sentences and use right prepositions before nouns. I would be so happy if someone speaks and reads English natively could enjoy my writing. That would be already exceeding even my biggest wishes. 

Thank you for reading this! 

4 vastausta artikkeliin “Assignment 1

  1. Hello Iikka!
    Thanks for the post, I truly enjoyed reading about your first job as a website builder. Makes anyone feel like they are capable to something as cool as that. So altogether very inspiring text! And don’t be so worried about your writing skills, a least for someone who isn’t technically native in English by any means, this text of yours was very easy and nice to read. You do have a really good writing skill! And not only grammatically (what I am unable to judge anyway) but in a story telling way.

    Looking forward to seeing another post from you!

    1. Thank you Jenna for really encouraging comment! Also I’m super happy if it gave some spark of inspiration too for you! 😊

  2. There’s few things better than feeling and realizing the progress you make when getting really deep and invested in something. Also seems that working is the best way to learn in the field we have chosen, like a lot of people tend to say. Good post, I enjoyed reading it.

    1. That’s true! Work will teach us. Thanks for nice comment and I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed it! 😊

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