Anne-Sofie: Communications Officer

Anne-Sofie Pesola.

Anne-Sofie Pesola traded in journalism for her post as Communications Officer. What fascinates her about the work of a Communications Officer is the meaningfulness of the job: you can see the effect of your own contribution in Finnish society. Independence and long-term projects are also a plus, according to Pesola.

What do you do in practice?

- I write communications in Finnish, Swedish and English. I maintain our website in Swedish and English. I am also responsible for communications of the International Affairs Unit. That work is related to presidencies in various cooperative bodies such as the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Dimension. At the end of 2013, I organised a Nordic Dimension information event. I also keep in touch with our ministry’s public servants who work abroad.

How does your job affect people’s everyday lives in Finland?

- Of course in the sense that the social and health care sector affects everyone. In my work, I serve as a link between the ministry and people through communication. The basic principle is that I communicate e.g. legal matters drafted by public officials or other information in an understandable form.

Why did you want to work for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health?

- I studied communication and worked as a reporter. However, I have always been interested in working as a Communications Officer, because it involves such extensive communication processes.

What is it like to work for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health?

- It has exceeded my expectations. I thought that the average age at the ministry would be higher than it is. In the Communications Unit, the average age is probably lower than in many others. I was also very thoroughly introduced to my work. I have been able to work in time, without any overwhelming expectations from the very first day. My colleagues are very easy to approach for help.

How well does the ministry take the reconciliation of work and free time into account?

- If I compare my working hours at the ministry to my previous jobs as a news or radio reporter, the ministry’s office hours establish much more of a routine than working in shifts as a reporter. It also enables you to get more out of your free time.

What kind of skills and personality traits are useful in your work?

- You have to be good at languages. It is good to be open and you have to tolerate stress, because sometimes tasks are urgent. My background in journalism has come in handy there. What is also useful is that as a journalist, I got used to getting along with different kinds of people, as I wrote pieces on many different subjects. On the other hand, because of my background, I have found it difficult to get used to long-term tasks in the ministry, since as a journalist, I started a new piece every day.

What is the best thing about your job?

- The longer perspective compared to my previous job as a journalist. So I get more time to dig into background information and research. The work is independent, and you can actually see your own contribution in both planning communication and its execution.


Name: Anne-Sofie Pesola
Job: Communications Officer, Communication in Swedish and international affairs (two-year replacement post)
Education: Master of Political Science (communication, sociology)
Duration of service at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health: since September 2013
Prior experience: Journalist at Yle and STT.