It used to be that when you met a fellow foreigner in Finland you could ask them whether it was love or Nokia that brought them here, only to find out that one had followed the other. I was one of those who originally came to Finland out of love; to live with my girlfriend who I had met at university in Scotland.

Moving to a foreign country where you have no social network of your own can be somewhat of an isolating experience, and the unfamiliar darkness of winter and indecipherable nature of the Finnish language can compound that.

This all changed when I saw a post on a Facebook group called “Future Talent at Nokia”. As a small Valentine’s Day competition, they had asked for stories about how technology had brought us closer to those that matter most to us, so I shared a few words about my own experiences. An invitation to Nokia House in Espoo soon followed, where I had the opportunity to meet up with the HR team who found me a trainee role in the IT PMO (Program Management Office).

Over five years after joining the company and a year after leaving the organisation that had transferred to Microsoft, I can look back and see how much my time with Nokia gave me. It was at Nokia that I had the opportunity to travel the world, expand my skills and start to realise what I want to do with my career. It was at Nokia that I realised that going to work can genuinely be a pleasure, and it’s at Nokia that I made some of the best friends that I’ve made in my life – including the best man on the day that I married the woman that brought me to Finland in the first place.

Nokia truly connected people, and I feel lucky to have experienced that first-hand.