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Technology city caught attention

6.8.2015 :: Author: Pia Alatorvinen  Photos: Pia Alatorvinen

If Claudia Caro Valadez wants to visit her family, she has to travel at least for two days. Claudia, 24, is from Mexico, town called Mérida. She has studied information technology at Oulu UAS for two years now. How did she find a small northern town called Oulu?

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If Claudia Caro Valadez wants to visit her family, she has to travel at least for two days. Claudia, 24, is from Mexico, town called Mérida. She has studied information technology at Oulu UAS for two years now. How did she find a small northern town called Oulu?

- I wanted to study information technology and I googled different universities. I liked the Oulu UAS’s game lab idea, and the webpage had a lot of information about studies in English. Oulu is called a technology city, which was also interesting, Claudia lists reasons for her choice.

Claudia moved to Finland with her boyfriend, who is Czech. They met in Prague and wanted to live together.

- We didn’t know anybody from Oulu, Claudia says.

Working and studying combined

Now Claudia works besides studying as a graphic designer in a Finnish company called Medkit Finland that sells emergency medical supplies. Claudia heard about the job opportunity from her school. She worked there first at summer but the firm needed her multiple talents permanently.

She likes that studying at Oulu UAS is so close to real working life. In her first company based project she got her first real boss and real working place. Now she starts to plan her thesis work with her employer. Designing a first aid application for Medkit would be a good subject for the thesis. 

- Anybody can do an application. The thing is to get the users involved in it, Claudia points out.

 Claudia is especially interested in user experience. She wants to make the technology invisible to user.

 - Of course a dream job would be at Google. But ideally I would like to work in a company whose products help people.

 Claudia has studied medicine several years in Mexico. She is fascinated in combining technology with medicine.

 Teachers from working life

The studies at Oulu UAS require a lot of work when there are several projects going on. That can be stressful sometimes. Claudia thinks that you must work hard if you want to learn.

- Here are good laboratories and everything is accessible. Teachers are good, and we have some teachers from Nokia, they are so experienced.

At first Claudia had to struggle a bit with the bureaucracy, for example to get a personal identity number or netbank. But after the start everything has gone smoothly.

Claudia’s advice for a person coming to Oulu is not to be afraid.

- Don’t believe what is written online. I read that Finnish people don’t speak to you and are shy, but that is not true. Everybody is very helpful. For example my classmates have helped me a lot, Claudia says.

Claudia doesn’t know yet, where she is going to live after graduating. For her, working with information technology gives freedom. You don’t have to sit at the office from 9 to 5.

- I can work on the beach if I want.