I am Kirsi Timonen, from Panasjärvi, Ranua's neighbor. I am a translator by training and have done my main career in expert positions at Nokia in Oulu. After I became family, I really began to dream of emigration. After the birth of the pit, the dream came true. Our original idea was to return to my and my spouse's home region of Lake Pudasjärvi, but life took us a few kilometers from the border of Lake Pudasjärvi, to Ranua Kelankylä.
The years rolled by and the children grew up until my parental leave ended. The question arose, "What now?" I began to wonder what really and genuinely interested me and what opportunities my new place of residence would have. I had already along the way from the media followed the growth of tourism in the area, and the industry began to interest me. So in 2018, I applied for and entered the Employee for Tourism training program organized by the University of Lapland.
A couple more years of silence followed before it started happening. In January 2021, I saw a story in the Courier that was titled “The forest in Kolo gets close to nature. From buying a family forest to becoming a local tourism entrepreneur ”. As I read the story, my interest just grew and I thought this sounded like just the kind of responsible nature tourism job I’ve dreamed of.
A month later, I called Alexandra because I wanted to hear more about Metsä Kolo. At that point, I still didn't believe in the job opportunities, because the Courier had told me how Korona had struck at a bad time for the company. However, through and after various bends, I was so happy that I was able to start a work trial at Metsäläinen in Lapland at the end of April 2021.
Based on this short experience, my work will be nicely varied, diverse and very interesting, as I will be able to dive into the world of Metsä Kolo from many different angles and view and experience Lapland's Metsälä from many different angles. In this company, I believe that I will still be able to realize my years-long dream of combining my language training and nature enthusiasm in a professional sense…