Alumni Ambassador’s story: Juha Aarvala

Alumni Ambassador Juha Aarvala has been working in the field of medicine for over 20 years. He shared his career story with us and gave some advice for the current students: “Your activity during the studies counts a lot, in addition to the networks and being resilient. The true value of networks is something you should never underestimate! Thus, visit different events, meet new people and learn new things through them.”

Tell briefly about yourself.

I studied in the School of Business during the years 1989–1993, majoring in marketing. My minors were accounting and entrepreneurship. After graduation I have worked in different sales and marketing positions: I started in the trainee program at Unilever, from where I proceeded in to more challenging tasks, first within the same organization and afterwards, to a Product Manager position at Philips. A bit later, I worked as a Product Group Manager and a Marketing Manager at Leiras. Having gained the experience from these positions, I took part in the launching of a start-up business in Finland as the CEO of a start-up company Magnum Medical Finland.

Since the beginning of the decade, I have acted as the CEO at Orton, and since 2015, as the CEO of Clinical Research Institute HUCH (HYKS-instituutti). The mission of the Clinical Research Institute HUCH is to promote internationally recognized clinical research for the wellbeing of patients. The company conducts contract-based research in the entire Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS), Finland.

Read the full article here at Aalto.fi.