I am an information technology engineer, currently working as a Professional Services Solution Architect at SSH. I have been working at SSH for 15 years now and this is my story:
My career at SSH started in 2007 when I joined the company as a Support Engineer. I was finalizing my studies and looking for a permanent job when I came across an opening at SSH. I applied because I already had similar work experience and I wanted to challenge myself as well as advance my knowledge of cyber security.
Since then, I’ve worked in multiple roles within the company and even spent two years in our Boston Office back in 2015-2016. Working in the US was a wonderful experience, and it was interesting to learn about the differences between American and Finnish work cultures. Through my employment, I had the opportunity to travel and explore the world. I encourage everyone to go work abroad if there is an opportunity to do so!
Throughout my time at SSH I've learned a lot and in 2017 I left the company for a year to work for a cloud service firm. That year working for another company taught me a lot about cloud services, and now I get to use that knowledge and expertise in my current role. Now my work includes multiple tasks from planning and implementing SSH solutions into our customers’ environments to carrying out Technical Sales Support and Product Training.
As for the work culture at SSH, it is flexible, professional, and trustworthy. We work well together, and we have a strong sense of camaraderie that helps us succeed. We trust each other’s professional skills and we support one another in many ways. That makes us a strong team.
SSH is a place for you if you are an excellent team player, enjoy challenging work, and want to work for a global company. You can truly develop professionally by taking advantage of SSH's excellent job opportunities.
My name is Kati Tiitu and I work as a Quality Engineer at SSH. I came to SSH in 2006 after I finalized my studies in Information Technology. I frequently utilized SSH in my studies, so before applying, I was already familiar with the company and its products. Since SSH was an interesting and well-known brand I applied right away and got the job!
Throughout my time with SSH I worked as a Customer Support Engineer, and now I work as a Quality Engineer. What does my current role entail, then? I test our UKM product and have a variety of responsibilities.
When it comes to our team, I would describe it as talented, goal-oriented, and supportive. We have daily team meetings, where we discuss our work, exchange ideas, and solve problems together. We truly believe that there’s no such thing as a stupid question!
Additionally, we have great customers and interesting products that are used in challenging environments. So, if you want to work in an international environment, learn new things, and you are willing to challenge yourself – SSH is a place for you!
I started at SSH in 2017 as a Product Manager. Before I applied for the Product Manager position, I held multiple roles in cyber security. Throughout the recruitment process I got a feeling that SSH might be an excellent place to work and so it is.
As a Product Manager I oversee one of our Access Management products called PrivX. In this role I get to utilize my analytical, problems solving, and interpersonal skills since I work closely with R&D, sales, marketing, and have regular meetings with our customers.
The most valuable thing I’ve learned during my career at SSH is that failures are not failures, but rather opportunities to try something different and find new approaches.
There is a variety of professionals in our team - not only do I get to work with them alongside, but also learn from them; I'm proud to be a part of such a great team! We are also fortunate to have access to cutting-edge technologies and resources while working in an exciting industry. So, if you want to become a part of our journey – there are multiple roles and career paths available at SSH!
Alicx, could you tell me a bit more about your studies?
Sure, I’m part of a program called EIT Digital. It’s a program supported by the European Commission, where I spend each year in a different country. After graduating, I will have a double diploma from both universities I chose: Finnish Aalto University and Berlin Technical University for me.
So why Finland?
I love the colors of the flag (laughing). Well, to be honest, I just wanted to discover something new. I’ve lived before in many other countries, so moving to one of the Nordic countries seemed just natural. Also, I gamed together with some Finns and we discussed the university culture. I was interested so it was an easy pick.
How did you hear about the SSH internship opportunity and why did you decide to apply?
Oh, that is an interesting story! So, my major is Cloud and Network Infrastructure, but my minor is Business Entrepreneurship. In one of the business courses, we were put in a team and given a list of different companies which products we had to study. My team chose SSH and its product PrivX. That’s how I’ve learned about the company.
Later, I accidentally ended up at a job fair and I sat at the same table with the CTO of SSH. We started talking and eventually, he recommended me to apply for the internship. One interview later I got the job. You could say it was destiny (laughing).
What team are you a part of and what kind of work are you doing?
I work in the PrivX team. Honestly, my days don’t look the same, but I started with easy things, then learned Golang, and later got more into the peripheral products as well as dealing with docs, bug fixes, and so on.
Do you feel supported? How?
I do. If I struggle, I can ask questions and get help. Also, at the meetings, every opinion counts regardless of your experience or title. Even the intern’s opinion counts, which is quite empowering.
How has your internship at SSH shaped your educational and career goals?
Well, I guess since I didn’t work before in an IT company, I felt like I didn’t know anything when I started. But after 3 months I’ve learned a lot of new things and realized that I have even more things to learn (laughing). But the experience is very interesting since I’ve learned things they don’t teach at school. For instance, how teams work together, or the different tools they use.
I didn’t have clear career goals, but now it is a bit clearer, though not enough. I still would like to discover other sectors of the industry before I make up my mind.
What excites you the most about SSH’s mission and in what ways is your team making a real-world impact?
I think the mission is very important. Everything gets digitalized and if you want your business to be secure, you’d better be on the safe side and let experts protect it. Our product improves the lives of people who use it daily, because it is very easy to manage, and it saves a lot of time and money.
What has been your favorite experience so far?
Trying minttu (laughing).
Well, the work atmosphere is very different compared to France. It’s more relaxed and everyone is their own boss in a way.
What advice do you have for students who want to be an intern at SSH?
Make your tax card early (laughing).
But really, don’t be afraid of applying. Just do it. You won't regret it.