In terms of university collaboration, I meet not only with individual staff members, but also the entire university community. As a union representative, it may sometimes feel like I’m sitting on the other side of the table from them, but I believe that we all want the same thing in the end. I want to build a strong, competent scientific and educational community that we can all be proud of. Keeping this in mind, the issues of individual members can be put into perspective and even tough situations can be addressed in cooperation with employers.
What about me – an endless line of cases, meetings and matters to attend to day after day? Luckily, each day is different, and even the familiar things come with an endless number of variations. Every problem always brings something new and every completed task is a new achievement. My background is in research, a job I very much enjoyed, and now I can often apply the same curiosity and method to finding new solutions in my lobbying. Instead of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, I use the Finlex online service on legal information, but these methods and their solutions are not so very different after all. The biggest problem I have at work is not wanting to let go and take some time off as well. Luckily my wife looks out for my wellbeing.
The future of my work appears more or less the same overall, but I already know that I can expect new nuances and use my little grey cells for all they're worth. The salary negotiations of the academia this winter or solving international issues, facilitating or simply making sure things get done – there’s always something to choose from.