Anna Tall graduated with a Master’s degree in plant production sciences and works as a service manager at the School of Food and Agriculture of Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences in Ilmajoki.
1. What did you study?
I studied plant production sciences, especially crop science, on the Viikki Campus. In addition, I completed study modules in plant pathology and agricultural zoology. During my twenty-year career I have studied pedagogics, qualified as a teacher and enhanced my expertise by completing a Licentiate degree. In addition, studies in web-based teaching, project management and the development and management of innovation environments, as well as my qualifications as a specialist in competence-based qualifications and employment-oriented educational planning officer also significantly support me in my current position.
2. What do you do for a living?
I am a service manager at the School of Food and Agriculture of Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences in Ilmajoki. My current duties involve the development of all non-degree teaching and the planning of new educational products. I am also involved in the planning of projects to support teaching and serve as the quality manager of our unit.
I started my teaching career as a substitute teacher for a sixth-grade tutor, from which I moved on to become a teacher at a upper secondary vocational school specialising in agriculture, then a locum tenens lecturer in plant production at a university of applied sciences, then an adult education coordinator and then, finally, I began working at my current position.
3. How does the future look in your field?
As long as Finns want to eat domestically produced food, we will need agricultural production and food specialists. High quality education and research are the only things that guarantee that the field remain active in Finland and that there be demand for our expertise internationally as well.
4. What is your favourite memory of your studies?
As regards the studies per se, my favourites were practical projects and traineeships in Germany and England. On the other hand, our student organisation’s excursions to various Finnish towns, organising Nordic sports championships with fellow students, going on excursions to Kenya, Egypt and Morocco, and visiting agricultural locations in Australia and New Zealand as part of a round-the-world trip are some of the things I will still reminisce on as an old lady. My year serving in the board of our subject-specific student organisation, Sampsa, created many lifelong friendships.