Remote jobs are perfect for those who are continuing their education. Without a standard work schedule, you can schedule your workday around your classes and study time. And that’s exactly what Jutta Hyrskylahti of Finland is currently doing. Recently, we asked her some questions about her work-life balance, and how Appen has helped her meet her goals while she’s in school.
Tell us about yourself! Where are you from?I live in Espoo in Southern Finland, near a beautiful lake. I live with my husband and two funny Jack Russell Terrier boys. Besides being an Appen rater, I’m studying to be a Full Stack Web Developer.
Do you have any hobbies or special talents?I love to go hiking and stand up paddle boarding with my family. I also do agility training with my dog. I think my special talent is my versatility. I have studied four different degrees and have experience, for example, in Communication, animal care and training, jewelry design, making miniature models, and coding websites.
Where is your favorite place to travel?Seefeld in Austrian Alps is one of my favorite places. I love the stunning mountain views, friendly people, and the dog culture too. We had a lovely trip there a couple of years ago with our dog. I also love Lapland in Finland. The isolation, silence, and beautiful untouched nature makes you really relax.
What does a typical day look like for you? When do you work best?I wake up early around 5am and take my dogs for a walk. I start working right after breakfast. If I don’t have studies, I work around 6-7 hours when work is available. I try to finish before my husband comes home from work so I have free time in the evening. If I have a school day, I work in the morning and evening (a couple of hours if possible), and then more hours on the weekends. I work best early in the morning when it is quiet and peaceful and it is easiest for me to concentrate.
If you get stressed or worried, take a break and read the guidelines and other resources again and try to relax. Try not to overthink and overanalyze, just do your best and you will be fine. — Jutta T., Finland Contributor, Appen