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Possible Futures

A new HR concept is helping to show Wärtsilä employees the wealth of career opportunities they have at their fingertips.

In Wärtsilä’s employee-engagement survey MyVoice, one of the key findings has been in identifying the company’s strengths in terms of career development. It has become apparent that employees see the possibility of developing themselves and their career journey at Wärtsilä as a quality so strong as to be part of the company’s DNA. A healthy proportion of vacancies are filled internally, and employees have a strong sense of mobility within the organisation.

"Our employees see the possibility of developing their career journey at Wärtsilä as a quality so strong as to be part of the company’s DNA."

Seeking to capitalise on these strengths, and make career opportunities within the company even more visible to all employees, Wärtsilä has recently launched the ‘Possible Futures’ concept. This will first take the form of an intranet portal, designed to highlight the various development opportunities for personnel, and to share their success stories. Soon thereafter, the concept will be expanded in scope to become a key component of external recruitment marketing activities, and Wärtsilä’s employer branding as a whole. It will also be embedded within the company’s careers site.

With Wärtsilä active in two distinct yet inter-related fields, the energy and marine industries, the possibilities for career development are effectively doubled. Employees have the chance to engage with different disciplines, both within the business they were recruited into and elsewhere.

"With Wärtsilä active in two distinct yet inter-related fields, the possibilities for career development are effectively doubled."

The aim across the board, points out Saara Eder-Falck, Manager, Global Resourcing & Employer Branding at Wärtsilä’s Human Resources, is to help both existing employees and potential recruits understand that working for Wärtsilä is a long-term opportunity. “We don’t expect people to have their whole future mapped out,” she explains, “but simply to recognise the huge variety of possibilities open to them.”

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