Fujitsu Finland – Graduate Program – Alexandr Iscenco
The Graduate Program of Fujitsu Finland is an initiative very beneficial to its main two sides. From one side, students and soo-to-be-graduates get the opportunity to be immersed in a real corporate world, start gaining valuable practical experience, reflect on the company as a potential long-term work place, and earn money along the way (which, as I recall from being a student, is much needed at that period of life). From another side, Fujitsu Finland has a pool of promising candidates for employment to work with and an opportunity to train them in the Fujitsu style of working and to get them familiarized with the company’s values, environment, etc. For these two-sided benefits, I believe the program has good impact potential in the youth employment landscape.
However, this program is not something completely new. Basically, it is a corporate training-and-apprenticeship program for final-year students and graduates. I took part in a similar program back in my student days, and it was a good launchpad for my further career. Still, I am curious about the training modules within the program – perhaps they indeed contain some new knowledge and training methods.
Finally yet importantly, since such a program can be seen in other companies, I think the replicability of the Graduate Program of Fujitsu Finland is quite high. Not only it is replicated in the Fujitsu offices in other countries, but I believe it can also be adapted to serve other corporate working environments as well.