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Jere, Construction Contractor
Finland, workplace of 1-20 employees
Education
Upper secondary or lower, Engineering
Yearly salary (€)
Prefer not to tell
In profession since
1979
Weekly hours
50-60

Could you describe your job in short?

I am a self-employed person whose main task is to solve my customer´s problems concerning housebuilding and upkeeping their real estate.

What do you do on average work day?

An average work day varies a lot. It may be building a roof in bonefreesing winterday, consulting a customer in a very decent environment, renovating a 200 years old summer house 20 km offshore or fixing basewater pumps in 60 meter deep railway tunnel.

What do you love about your job?

Variety is the best side of this job. Construction as a profession offers so wide scale of possibilities that you certainly don't have to repeat routines if you dont want to. A well-done job lasts in best cases centuries and brings joy to the every-day user.

The technical challenges keep this job interesting. After almost four decades in this field I learn something new every week. After building up well-planned architechnical structures you happen to notice you have created beauty and elegance to this world.

What are the worst parts of your job?

Economical risks are dangerous especially in early days of career when you lack experience. There are a lot of well-planned traps available in the market. Construction is also physically demanding, therefore lazy persons better end up with something else.

What are the most important skills in your job?

Calculating Customer service Delegation Hard working Honesty

What are the most important tools/softwares in your job?

Microsoft Word Email

How do you acquire and develop these skills?

Learning by doing. Getting working experience in as variable tasks as possible. I haven`t seen a school system which teaches construction or housebuilding effectively as general.

If your job differed from your initial expectations, what were your expectations and how did your job differ from them?

I had no expectations. I found construction demanding enough to be interesting and wanted to develop my skills further.

What does your work week include?

1.0h

Meetings / Group work

1.0h

Emails

8.0h

Independent work

1.0h

Breaks

1.0h

Travel

1.0h

Events