Tech rules - Logbook
Log entry #1 - February
So, the course has started. I feel like it’ll be a journey; whether it’ll be a good or not, time will tell. Our six-member group is pretty chill, and so is this whole thing. I’m excited.
The first meeting went well with Alice (the adult in charge) making us get to know each other and introducing us to the course topic, technology. We pondered the different aspects of technology, such as whether it’s a one-hundred-percent good thing, it’s revolution to be a big part of each of our lives, and women’s seemingly disinterested attitude to it and the reasons behind it.
Then came the load of information that I did not dream of enduring and the course really hit me as being yet another school thing. I won’t go into that, but we’ll see what’s it all about from the results later on. I’ll wait with something akin to enthusiasm.
Log entry #2 - March
Second meeting behind, and we’ve really got to work now. We all have our roles and everything’s ready for the upcoming interviews with people from two different tech companies.
By now, we’ve had to produce interview questions, write a contact email for the interviewee, learn about camerawork, and such. It hasn’t been much, but it’s been fun so far.
To be honest, this course is not what completely what I thought it’d be (I admit to enrolling without having much of an idea about the course in the first place - it just seemed “different” and useful). We have more freedom and also more responsibility. There are no creative restraints, luckily.
The thing that really hit me was that we actually have to produce good-quality content for the city... and that scares me a little. Having free hands is liberating, sure, but ominously feels a lot like a freefall without a parachute.
Log entry #3 - March pt. 2
One interview done. If this is what real interviews feel like, how they’re produced -- I’m not sure if being an adult is that different to a student kid’s life. Yes, we had a fancy-ass camera and the occasion was more formal (at least at first) than I would’ve preferred, but it still felt like ... schoolwork. Which it was.
The interviewee, Eeva, was a nice person to interview and, despite our own lacking in skill and experience, all went well. Yet it is true you have to start somewhere. And so we have.
Log entry #I-lost-count
Our most recent meeting was an epiphany for me. Alice presented us with a lot of actually useful information on the importance of goals, a sense of self-worth, and motivation as well as to going deeper into whatever was asked. And boy did I have questions.
Motivation is closely linked to achieving self-set goals. It was a good time to realize I’ve never set myself any goals… Considering my lack of motivation for anything it might just be the time to start. But motivation leads to success easily and so on so knowing yourself is good. Then you know what you want, what your goals are, etc. etc.
Log entry #5 - in April
Genuinely interesting yet excruciating. Advice: if you feel like you don’t feel comfortable doing something, then for heaven’s sake don’t still do it out of kindness or a sense of obligation. Learn to love yourself and do what’s best for you and what feels right.
My goal this time was to enjoy and do my best regardless of the outcome. Although I did something I’ve never tried before, I had the same thought after doing it as I had before: it’s not for me. So much for needing to try everything before being able to have an opinion.
Perfektio was a really eye-opening tech company. The people high up never studied math, physics, etc. but had a background in psychology, business or even indecisiveness of career. Sure, the programmers had Aalto alumni among them but a point was proved: any university major can lead up to a career in tech. It’s the way world works, baby. Everything is tech. It just leads to one question: why is tech still so often seen as a separate, “nerdy” field of work and not something that’s naturally a part of each of our lives?
Log entry #6 - the Final
Some of the most important things are not learnt at school, they say. I won’t lie and say this course has been of that much use in my personal learning process. However, I do recognize the experience it has given me in so many varying aspects of technology and media through videography, official contacting, planning, teamwork, and more. One thing I personally really think I improved on was self-confidence. If you won’t trust yourself, then who will?
To conclude everything, I’m grateful for this opportunity we were presented with. Thank y’all who were involved. Starting now, I’ll try to be a more skilled, experienced person, and won’t falter at the tiniest obstacles on my way, even if I now feel like these kinds of things aren’t really my thing despite being fun and interesting.
Text: Laura Siltala