Life begins at the end of your comfort zone – Akseli’s Blog

I know what question you probably have in your mind right now– Will I apply? Let me shed light on my year and hopefully guide you in your big decision.

But first I’d like to introduce myself. Hi, my name is Akseli Manninen. I’ve just started my 3rd year studying Information and Service Management. Before this year, I was a member of the NESU-KY Board. Currently, I’m a member of the KY Board with responsibilities of corporate relations, work and career, alumni and ownership steering. In addition, I have the pleasure to organize these board elections.

With great power comes great responsibility – and vice versa

To begin, it’s important to emphasize that being a member of the KY Board is much more than taking care of the individual responsibilities. Above all, board members are involved in making the big decisions that determine the direction of KY. Having said that, a lot of the time is allocated to board members’ own responsibilities:

Voitti$ – or more formally Corporate relations and Work & Career responsibilities consist of leading and planning the corporate relations activities, meetings and negotiations with companies’ representatives, and fulfilling partners’ wishes. The work is done with the two sales coordinators and the corporate relations committee CORE, with whom we launched an account manager project this year to get the committee members more involved with our partnerships.

Alumni responsibility means being involved in planning and execution of alumni activities to help our alumni to stay as a part of our beloved KY community. The work is done in cooperation with KY Alumni, the School of Business and other KY associations. This year KY alumni has introduced a successful mentoring program!

KY co-owns aTalent recruiting with Prodeko and Prodeko Alumni (25%, 49%, 26%). As the responsible for ownership steering, my job is to make sure that KY’s perspective is taken into account in the major decisions.

For me, my responsibilities have been pleasant and have taught me many skills that aren’t learned on the school bench – leadership, communication, performing, negotiation, just to name a few.

Great responsibility enables freedom. One of the best things as a member of KY Board is that I get to work when and where I want and put my time to projects that I feel are important for our community. In addition, the resourcefulness of KY gives opportunities to fulfill your wildest ideas.

At the heart of the community

After years, you will not remember the work you did but the people you did the work with. The biggest thing for me this year has been getting to know the people of KY, and even more importantly acquiring friendships of lifetime – KY Office, CORE, KY Board.

Last fall, I was still forming my final decision whether to apply or not, and I know so are you. Thankfully I said yes for this adventure, as not taking this chance would have haunted me for the rest of my life.

For you in doubt I say, make the leap of faith! 


If you have any questions regarding my year, please contact me:
040 967 7377