Before Eric Littell came to Finland He had taught English for 5 years in Brazil. Now he studies at Kouvola Campus and intend to graduate with Master’s Degree and get a job in Finland.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Well, I am Eric, I am a 29 year-old Brazilian guy. Before I came to Finland I had taught English for 5 years back in Brazil. I like to learn languages, so right now I am trying to learn Finnish. It hasn’t been an easy task though. Also, I like to hang out with friends, drink some beer and play games. I intend to graduate from Xamk with a Master’s degree and get a decent job in Finland.

Why is Xamk so special that you decided to study over here?

Well, my mother was a Xamk student and told me great things about the methodology applied  there. So I decided to give it a shot and I do not regret one bit.

So what has been the best part in your studies so far?

I enjoy most of the classes a lot. However, I believe that the most valuable experience so far has been to know people from everywhere, with different cultural backgrounds and different mindsets.

What about teaching and practical orientation? What about different projects?

Overall, I am really pleased with the teaching method and the teachers. Some projects were really fun to perform. During the first semester we had this project where we had to create a business plan and a presentation as if we were really pitching a product/idea. It was a great experience.

You were part of a start-up festival team – how was it? What was the best part? What was challenging?

I was the Start-up team assistant. It was a great experience, people working there are very friendly and passionate. I was able to have a good taste of the working environment in Finland and put in action some things that I learned during the first academic year of my studies. The best part was the last day of the event (The Pitch Captain Competition Finals), not because it was over, but because the event was a success even during these hard times which we are living and we could see and acknowledge that the whole crew did an amazing job.

What motivates you in your studies? Can you give any good tips?

Motivation must come from within. So I suggest that people read and stay focused on what really matters. Sure, some leisure time is important and necessary. However, studying must be the priority for now. Also, it is possible try to put what you learn in practice, find an internship, summer job, and so on. You will have a great feeling of accomplishment when you do so.

Have you decided your thesis topic? If yes, can you tell us a little bit about it?

No, I have not decided yet.

What kinds of plans do you have for the near future? What are your career plans?

I intend to graduate, achieve a Master’s degree, get a job in Finland and build a career and life here. As for my career, I intend to get a supply chain manager position possibly in Helsinki where I can use both English and Finnish.

By the way, do you have any good advice for applying to Xamk?

Study, study and study. If you want to really learn and be the best at what you love, you’ve got to study and also enjoy while you do it.

Study the materials they give you in preparation for the entrance exam and you will be fine.

Thank you for the interview and good luck to your studies!