Roosa and Jaakko are both starting their fifth year majoring in accounting, Roosa at Tampere University and Jaakko at the University of Vaasa. Laura majors in accounting too and is finishing up her master’s thesis at Oulu Business School. In her free time, Roosa is into sports and takes part actively in her student association. Jaakko does sports actively during his free time as well as likes to watch football and ice-hockey. Laura is especially into cross-country skiing and running. We all wanted to apply to UPM as it is a big multicultural company, and we were fascinated by its clear passion for a sustainable future. Before our summer here we were all familiar with UPM, but eager to learn more and see what it is like to work in such a large finance organization.
We spent the first weeks of onboarding in May together as we learned about the ways of working and got to know all the UPM businesses better. It was nice to learn about the different functions inside the organization and the people working here. As the weeks went by, we split into different teams and started focusing on our individual tasks in different areas of the UPM businesses. All of us had tasks related to the financial closing process as well as monthly recurring tasks such as statistics inquiries. In addition, Roosa’s tasks included for example asset accounting and monthly mill reporting, and Laura’s tasks consisted of reporting delivery and production figures and monitoring different accounts and profit centres. Jaakko focused on VAT related tasks such as checking monthly VAT positions of all UPM companies in Finland.