Ida Smedlund

Management Systems Engineer
Kuvassa alumni Ida Smedlund.

Why did you choose the University of Vaasa? What did you study at the University of Vaasa?

We moved from Turku to Vaasa when my partner got a new job in Vaasa. At the same time, I did my final thesis on environmental engineering remotely (I was studying in Tampere), and I knew I wanted to continue my studies for a Master's degree. I studied in the Industrial Management Master’s programme in 2019-2021.

What do you remember most about your studies and your time as a student? 

Most of the courses were well designed and the possibility to choose courses from other universities was good. I was studying during the pandemic, so my study life was a bit on the sidelines, which meant I was only on campus for six months. This was a shame, because the Tritonia library was the best place for me to study.

What is your job like? 

I work for Mirka and my title is Management Systems Engineer. I am responsible for the ISO 14001 environmental management system (including development, internal auditing, coordination of external auditing), sustainability reporting and environmental permit reporting. I also manage some projects and contribute to the sustainability work of the organization. 

I work mainly on the computer. I do get involved in production and other sites, depending on the projects. I participate in trainings and events (conferences, seminars, etc.) a few times a year. I learn a lot of new things from these events, as there is a lot going on in the field of sustainability.

The best thing about my job is definitely the team. I also like my work assignments and the fact that my ideas are well received, even though I am the youngest in my team. Sometimes I would like to have a job where I don't have to sit in front of a screen most of the day.