To all my friends and colleagues at Nokia, my contribution

Without a doubt many of you have read the news about Nokia taking Windows Phone 7 as their main Smartphone platform.

That decision by Nokia has a tremendous impact in my local software community: Finland. Nokia mobile phones (as it was known before) has always been a major employer of software development professionals in Finland where I live. It is expected that this decision will significantly reduce the number of software professionals that Nokia employs. This is nothing short of a blow to the local software community. However, this is not a tragedy. Far from it. Ironically there’s never been a better time for software professionals in Finland. Many industries are adopting software as a key part of their products. From forestry to fleet management to network elements to health care, you name it.

This is why I’ve decided to start posting interesting software related job opportunities. I want this to be about the software industry globally, not just Finland. But, of course also about opportunities in Finland. If you are interested in posting the openings you have in this blog just drop me a line at Here’s what you can gain:

This blog is read weekly by ~200 and monthly by ~790 unique visitors, from mostly Finland, United States, United Kingdom, India and Brazil. As this is a blog for software professionals, you will be reaching people that are already in this industry, but better yet you will be reaching early adopters who are interested in improving the way software is developed. This can be a competitive advantage for your company!

NOTE: i will not charge for these posting but I do reserve the right to select which ones I post, so make them interesting and as buzzword free as possible. Remember you are reaching a crowd that already knows a lot about software development, you want to focus on making your job opening as enticing as possible interesting for this crowd.

If you are looking for fresh new opportunities you get a filtered list of job openings. I’ll personally read all of the posts and contact the companies to make sure they are legit and not just a fake interesting post.

So, I hope this is a contribution to the next career path for all my friends and industry colleagues at Nokia. I wish you the best of luck!

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4 thoughts on “To all my friends and colleagues at Nokia, my contribution

  1. I’m sorry to see Nokia leave Symbian too, I’m sorry to see Meego disappear, I’m sorry to see European companies “loose” out to others.

    That said, as the owner of a Nokia-Symbian phone it was obvious something must be done.

    But back to your subject. There are reasons to be optimistic about software engineering jobs in Finland.

    1. If Nokia’s strategy is successful they create many more programming jobs, even if in the short term there are be fewer.

    2. Engineers who leave Nokia will be a good position to do start-ups and work in other high-tech enterprises. Releasing those “resources” might actually be good for the Finish economy.

    As to Symbian, a lot of those engineers will find themselves looking for jobs in London. Not really a problem, dysfunctional banks have an insatiable appetite for software engineers to maintain their dysfunctional software. The work might not be fun or high quality, close your eyes and think of the pay-check.

  2. Great idea, but what about you Vasco?
    Will you stand by Nokia’s decision and help the Agile M$ teams? 🙂

    (I’m a huge Nokia fan and will keep a close look at the next developments of this story. Wish you and Nokia the best!)

  3. @Anonymous I think and hope that MS teams already have the support they need to use and apply Agile. If they don’t Nokia is much deeper trouble.

    In the past MS has been at the forefront of the SW practices improvement. Quite many books prove that point. I hope they still are.

    @allan kelly I hope that the engineers now leaving Nokia will find jobs in the mobile industry. This is a nascent industry that will still grow quite much in the near future. “losing” those engineers to banks would be a big step backwards for the software industry

    @F-Secure person: thanks for the announcement. Hopefully you get some qualified applicants. Don’t forget to check their Agile credentials! 😉

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