Laura Kaljula: My department was like a little family
Laura Kaljula is a graduate of TalTech wood technology from Latvia. Today she works as a technical designer in the wooden house factory Matek AS. She said that wood technology education provides a career opportunity in a wide range of fields.
What can graduates of this programme become and where do they work?
I think the wood technology can be a good basis for various fields. Graduates from this programme can work as quality managers, designers and other kind of specialists in the fields where the wood is used as a material - buildings, furniture and design objects being some of them. Even though in the wooden building sector my knowledge as a wood technologist is only minimally needed, it still helps to better understand the behaviour of wood and benefits when using it. I believe that this knowledge should be even more implemented in these fields.
What knowledge and skills have you had to acquire while working in the workplace after completing your master's studies, and could these be studied/taught at a university?
In my case, it was more of civil engineering/architectural side and structural calculations when using wood as a building material. Perhaps the study direction about wooden buildings could be a little more developed, in which I am actually already involved myself :)
How have you been doing in the labor market as a graduate of the KVEM curriculum, do you work in your chosen field and are you satisfied?
As I said before, my job as a technical designer in prefabricated wooden houses company is only a little related to wood technology, however, I believe I could apply for a job in other kinds of companies related to wooden materials as well.
Have you had good job offers and has the chosen job offered an interesting and varied work?
For me very often an obstacle has been the local language, which narrows down the amount of possibilities. However, many companies are getting more and more international, in that way also looking for the foreign employees.
35% of the sales volume of the Estonian manufacturing industry is made up of the sub-sectors of the wood and furniture, rubber and plastic, and textile and clothing industries. Due to the increase in export volumes, companies are investing in expanding production, developing technology and increasing efficiency, which in turn has led to a high demand for specialists with professional expertise. Depending on the direction you choose, you will gain a thorough knowledge of the construction, properties and technologies of wood or plastic or textile and clothing materials. www.new.taltech.ee/en/wood-plastics-textiles