Who am I?

I’m a 20-something fresh university graduate hanging on the limits of Millenials and Gen Z (some call us zillenials, and I love it). I am a third-culture kid who grew up travelling, and constant change has somehow become a core component of who I am. I’m an energetic, driven yet chaotic oddball full of contradictions (aren’t we all though?) and questions on life that I stubbornly want to find answers to. I love travel, adventures of all sort big or small, newness, learning and getting out of my comfort zone, and I’m all about making the most of this life as an individual by doing things that drive us and make us happy and finding ways to bring together career and personal life in whatever way feels right. At the same time, I’m also concerned about society at large and eager to learn and do my part better in this world, and spend a lot of time reflecting on societal topics.

I am an eager writer and an amateur photographer, and writing and blogging as well as social media content creation have been a part of my hobbies for many years. I love diversifying what I do, and have taken on quite a variety of projects over the years. You can find some of the projects I’ve done or am currently doing on my Projects page.

Professionally, I thrive at strategic planning, project management and research. I have experience in market research, social media planning, and most recently business and organisation development, and I get a particular spark from research tasks of all sorts. I have broad interests in projects related to organisation design and development, particularly form a people perspective, project management or coordination, communications, social media management and strategising, writing and research for companies and organisations with strong values and a mission to bring authentic value. If you want to connect, send me an email at ellimaija.tanskanen@gmail.com or check my LinkedIn profile.

What I write about

I like to see each of us as a complex, multifaceted and unique story, and I want to share bits and pieces of mine here with my experiences, learnings and personal (and professional) growth. I like to look at the complexity and contradictions of being human by reflecting on relationships between people, but also on my life and the directions I take it. I tend to question norms and try to look for the box and especially why it exists in the first place, and challenge both myself and hopefully also you to think from a broader perspective in the process. You can find more stories and writings of all sorts on my life, work, adventures and quirky interests on my blog.

Professional and academic background

I have a bachelor in French Studies from the university of Helsinki (Finland), with minors in communications and language technology, as well as a master in Media Studies/Social Media & Society from the university of Groningen (The Netherlands) and one in Communication for Development from the university of Malmö (Sweden). I wrote my master’s thesis at the university of Groningen on the role of Twitter networks for environmental advocacy organisations based on quantitative research methods, and my master’s thesis at Malmö university on the role of platform capitalism in Instagram activism.

I have worked as a freelance translator throughout my studies, mostly in subtitling of audio-visual content and website translation (ENG/FRA-FIN). During my bachelor studies, I also interned at the Finnish delegation to UNESCO and worked as an assistant at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Additionally, I have work experience in teaching, customer service, and sales, and I’ve spent the last year working in business development in a tech scale-up.

I see this website as a certain digital “book” that contains glimpses of my mind. I hope you will find in it crossings where our minds and stories intersect, and that those will be useful, or at least entertaining to you. If so, don’t hesitate to reach out to me and let’s talk. Meanwhile, welcome to my digital story.

Ellimaija sitting on a round swing chair and looking to the left

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