Outi Kumpuvaara

Legal Adviser

Work tasks:
I work as a legal adviser in the energy efficiency and emissions trading group of the Ministry's Energy Department and as the Ministry's equality affairs coordinator.

Describe your work:  Drafting of statutes

Your background: Master of Laws, University of Helsinki 2008

1. Your job (place of work and work task)
I work as a legal adviser in the energy efficiency and emissions trading group of the Ministry's Energy Department. My work involves drafting of legislation, EU matters and a wide range of energy and climate policy issues.  Recently, I also started as the Ministry's equality affairs coordinator, which involves tasks covering the Ministry's entire administrative branch.

2. Special competence (competence that is particularly needed in your work)
At times, my schedule is quite hectic, while at other times I must be able to produce long analytical texts - you go from one extreme to another within a short period of time. In my view, social skills are also important and you have to get along with different kinds of people.  Naturally, you also need language skills and the ability to tolerate pressure.  Work trips, especially to Brussels, are also part of the work. 

3 Education and training
Master of Laws, University of Helsinki 2008

4. How did you start in the Ministry?
I was working in the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry when the Ministry of Employment and the Economy advertised this post. In other words, I moved from one ministry to another.  Before working in the ministries, I spent almost six months as a trainee in the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat in Bonn.

5. Your advice to people starting work in the Ministry
International experience is of use in the Ministry.

6. The best thing about the Ministry
The Ministry provides a good observation post to Finnish society, which helps you to keep up to date with developments in the country.  The Ministry of Employment and the Economy is a big place, which means that it provides both job opportunities and training.  I have also taken part in longer training courses, such as those organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the European Commission. 

7. What will you be doing and where will you be in five years' time?
Time will tell.  I have not made any detailed career plans but I hope that I will be doing interesting and challenging tasks.