Student Story - Bruno Vanhalst
International Business, exchange student
Home country: Belgium
What are you currently doing: Regional Asset Coordinator and Financial Analyst for Halliburton (Oil &Gas industry)
How did you find out about TAMK and what made you choose it for your studies?
As an Erasmus student I had several options to study all around Europe. Why Finland? Before I joined the programme, I met an Erasmus student from Finland in Brussels and he talked so passionately about his home country. I was intrigued and, when I heard I could study in Finland at TAMK, I was sold!
What did you like most about Tampere and Finland?
Studying in Finland has made me more of an extrovert since most of the Finnish people are initially very closed. But after breaking a big layer of ice, you can gain the trust of Finns and that can last for a lifetime. Tampere is an ideal place to study given you have everything you need. Decent housing (I was based in Peltolammi), good public transport, cinema ( the Finlayson department), clubs, bars, you name it. Tampere has it all.
In what ways have your studies contributed to your professional and personal life?
At TAMK I learned to work in a group. Working in a team is very different from working all by yourself, and looking at it afterwards, it was an ideal learning experience for my future career. The courses were given in English for international students so you really get to work with different cultures.
I am now working for a multinational company that operates in more than 80 countries with 140 nationalities and my experience at TAMK has really helped me.
How has TAMK supported your needs as a student?
16 years have passed since I was at TAMK, but I do remember that everything was hassle free and well organized. I also remember the very tasty Finnish pastries we got during the Finnish classes with the always smiling Kirsti Kallio. What was really nice was that a couple of Finnish students were also present in those courses so they could teach us how to use Finnish in everyday life.
What would you say to anyone considering studying at TAMK?
I can only talk about the English BBA programme, but since the courses were given in fairly small groups, the instructor can keep an eye on all students in the group. The approach manner (practical group projects, for instance) has really helped me in my professional career.
This story was written in February 2016.