70 students work-shadowed in Ülemiste City
On 14 February, 70 IT, HR, and Finance students from TalTech and the Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences Mainor work-shadowed in 15 different companies in Ülemiste City.
According to Kadi Pärnits, Chairperson of Board of Mainor AS, the strategic developer of Ülemiste City, the work-shadowing project is a part of the aim of the city to bring together students from Estonia and abroad with the local companies for internships, summer jobs, and permanent jobs, as there is a shortage of high-quality workforce.
During the work-shadowing day, the students explored the working environment of different companies and institutions, as well as the various tools and techniques which they would have to use in their internship, summer job, or permanent job.
The Quality Manager of the Information Technology Centre of the Ministry of Finance Kerstin Laidmäe said that they participated in the work-shadowing day because hiring interns is a strategic choice for them and the project is a good opportunity for the employer and employee to get to know one another without commitment. ‘We hope to find future interns with the help of the Ülemiste City work-shadowing day and offer to provide them with a well-thought-out programme, in which several leaders and key people have contributed,’ Laidmäe added.
According to Gert Jervan, Dean of the IT Faculty at TalTech, IT is everywhere, which is why the faculty aims to provide specialists with a comprehensive background and profile from programmers and analysts to developers, automators, and electronicians. ‘Our students get both world-class knowledge and practical experience while studying at TalTech and many students find a job during their studies,’ he explained.
This year, the following companies and institutions located in Ülemiste City were involved in the work-shadowing day: ABB, Ericsson Estonia, Fortum, HR Factory, LeapIn, Mainor, Tax and Customs Board, Playtech Estonia, Ramirent, RMIT, Ruutu 6, Securitas Estonia, Tallinn Airport, and Tele 2.
‘This was the fourth time a similar work-shadowing day took place in Ülemiste City and this year, students and lecturers from Nordic and Baltic universities will also visit the area three times, which will hopefully help to further increase the number of interns in the city,’ explained Kadi Pärnits, who also said that the city is interested in further cooperation with more and more Estonian and foreign universities.