Nonetheless, it worked out for the best, as Nokia welcomed me with open arms and provided all the opportunities I needed to learn. The colleagues I worked with valued the experience, ideas, and points of view I had, even though my background was different.
I get to interact with many different people on a daily basis, each with their own ideas and points of view. Having so many experienced people around me really helps to learn something new every day.
Coming from a small country, I'm still inspired by the diversity of people (nationalities, interests, experience, points of view, etc.) we have and the level of respect colleagues have towards each of these.
With such attitude there are endless opportunities for personal and career growth - it's all up to the person to find out what inspires him/her, what he/she wants to learn and who he/she wants to become. From there Nokia will provide the support and guidance on how to do it (and often do it better), as well as opportunities for it.
It is especially satisfying to know that this outcome came as a result of incremental 'innovation' initiatives, instead of major cost-saving projects. Over the years we've started many activities with the team to test out different successful practices other organizations do and left only those that we felt comfortable with.