Alumni Story – Chunling Liao, Bachelor of Engineering
Chunling Liao has studied Supply Chain Management in HAMK University of Applied Sciences. Now she works as Planning Analyst in Sandvik Mining, Finland.
Where you working now and what are are your duties?
My current position is Planning Analyst. In my company, Sales and Operation Planning is the process to used for balancing the Demand from the sales area and the Supply from production. There are 3 major aspects in the planning cycle: Demand Planning, Supply Planning, and DSB (Demand Supply Balancing) decision.
My major duties including: I am working together with our demand planner and supply planner for the DSB monthly circle, and interface with the Supply & Assembly team, the Business intelligence team, Product line managers, and Sandvik database owners. I also work with the demand & supply analysis and studies to support the DSB Team. For the DSB monthly circle, my major responsibilities include: all the needed ERP and Sales Tool data updates in the DSB tool, create the Demand Plan, Supply Plan and Master Plan Adherence monthly, and order intake report weekly update etc.
What made you choose HAMK as your university?
At the beginning, I chose to study in HAMK mainly because of the study program. I was very interested in the degree program of Supply Chain Management. And I was expecting myself to have the good career in the field of international industrial management.
What was it like to come to Finland and study here, in an international environment?
Finland is a nice country; it is very beautiful with 4 different colourful seasons around the year. I enjoy the Finnish nature a lot, and I also met many people from different countries in Finland. I was so surprise that Finnish people are so peaceful, and they are somehow very open to foreigners compare to other European countries. I enjoy the systematical way in Finnish society; it is efficient, for example the transportation system in whole Finland. I also like to feel the equality and respect within everyone in the country.
What are your best memories of HAMK and your studies here?
During my whole study period in HAMK, I enjoyed a lot to hang out with different students from different culture. It was very good to have the culture event days for local people to come and visit in the school campus. I also remember that we had great time in Evo camping. The evening student life was very nice as well, since we used to have many parties in the living building with classmates.
How did you find your current job?
First, I sent email and luckily I got the internship from Sandvik Shanghai. One year later, I keep sending email to the persons I know from Sandvik and asked for the thesis work. After thesis work, I started to work as Project Engineer with the short term contract. More than half a year later, I got my current position.
How has HAMK affect to your career?
It is complicated to describe, however, I really appreciate that I got the chance to study in HAMK. I had improved myself a lot from my degree study and become more confidence day by day.
What would be your best advice to current our students for finding a job in Finland?
Try to catch all the possibility and send out the application. Keep all the possible connection with people , and don’t be shy to ask, and ask again. Try to think what the company wants from you if they offer you a job, it means you have to figure out your own value and advantage in advance, and try to sell them to the employer.
If you could send a short message back in time to yourself in the beginning of your studies, what would that be?
I will try to tell the previous me to be more relaxed, don’t worry too much about the future; to enjoy your study and the study life with other students; to be more active and involve with the student activities; and to work harder with the Finnish language studies.
Text: Taru Kosunen & Chunling Liao
Photo: Reima Kallinen