• Circles
  • 02.1.2023

Dear Future Consultant, I joined a company with high level professionals and I’ve been truly celebrated for doing so. And so can you!

Dear Future Consultant,

Over the past 10 years I have been committed to achieving what I want from my career. I was born and raised in Siberia, and by the age of 17 I moved to St Petersburg to study, before settling down in Helsinki in 2011. My ambition and drive to get where I want to be in my career hasn’t exactly been plain sailing, with my decision to study whilst working, as well as raising my lovely twin boys.

So, when I was given the opportunity to join a senior-level consultancy firm, as a Full-Stack Software Developer, it felt like a high honour for me, and an overwhelming realisation on how far I have come since the cold winds of Siberia.

Picture Portraits and Prosecco – My star moment
Yet, one of the most overwhelming feelings was how Circles welcomed me into the company – with a big bottle of prosecco and a framed picture of myself to hang on the wall with the other consultants.

This, in itself, gave me a truly nourishing feeling that I had joined a company that values its employees, and it shows through many different aspects of the business culture – such as the flexibility to combine family and work life, the opportunity to continuously learn or even employee inclusion in business decisions.

Circles matches my aspirations
In my previous career path, where I worked closely with marketing and business development teams, I always aspired to work in IT. This is because I always had the perception that this department held the smart, high-level professionals. Circles, however, took this to a whole new level due to the seniority of consultants and the high level knowledge of the industry, which is a privilege to be a part of.

Working with senior professionals creates a new purpose and perspective to the work we conduct. When joining a project, there is a key emphasis on whether or not I will enjoy working on the project, or whether it will become a mundane task. This is something that is not only truly unique, but offers the opportunity to grow and seek fulfilment from your working life. And this isn’t just for me, but for the whole employee base at Circles.

What makes Circles different from the rest?
Traditionally, a consultancy firm operates by handling most of the administrative work for consultants – such as invoicing and accounting practices – as well as connecting consultants with the right projects. In fact, it is quite typical that people won’t even go to their firms office, with an emphasis working onsite in the client’s environment.

Circles, on the other hand, focuses on creating a base and encouraging community interaction and aims to incorporate every consultant into the company. Not only this, but the decision making processes behind how the company operates is something truly unique. Emphasis is given to the employee to vote on different decisions the company should make – and it’s not just business orientated decisions. In fact, recently we voted to purchase a yacht so we can spend more time sailing together – AHOY!

Pushing this all to one side, and focusing quickly on an even bigger motivator – the salary model, beats other agencies hands down!

So, I will end my story like this. If you are an established or aspiring techie looking for pure work fulfilment, with fair treatment and encouragement to keep progressing in your career, then Circles will be a strong contender for you.

Written by Elena Olsamo

Senior Consultant