Name: Heli Helskyaho
Organisation: Miracle Finland Oy
Job Title: CEO
Tell us about your role in a couple of sentences:
I am the CEO for Miracle Finland Oy and Kantamestarit Oy. I am the president for Oracle User Group Finland and the ambassador/spokesperson for EOUC (EMEA Oracle usergroups Community). I am also an Oracle ACE Director.
Why did you first get into IT?:
I was studying maths at the Helsinki University and took some IT courses. Those courses made no sense to me so I had to study more and more and finally I changed my major to computer science because I wanted to understand. During my Laudatur studies I finally found the idea and everything just made sense. I graduaded from computer science with a master's degree and completed my thesis on optimising nested SQL queries.
What advice would you give to people, especially women looking for a role in IT?:
There are many roles in IT. If you do not like what you are doing now, change. Do not leave IT.
Have you encountered any issues with being a woman in IT?:
Every now and then, but I have also encountered issues with being a human:) Life is hard but it makes you stronger.
Any final comments?:
Do not let other people tell what you can and what you cannot do. You are the only person in the world that knows what you can and want to do. I LOVE my job and I could not imagine doing anything else. My high school teachers still do not believe I am in IT :)
Follow Heli on twitter: @helifromfinland
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