Joonas Rautavaara, who graduated as Licentiate of Medicine, applied for a position of a student representative in administration already in the early stages of his studies. During his studies, he had the time to act as the member of the University Collegium, Faculty Council of the Faculty of Medicine, Degree Planning Committee and the Executive Committee of the Institute of Biomedicine, among other things.
- I used many comments in favour of the fact that the first theoretical years at the med school should be more tied to the practical work of a doctor, which partly has been achieved now, Rautavaara says.
At times, the slowness of the university's bureaucratic wheels was frustrating. Unifying the diverse absence practices at the Faculty of Medicine, for example, was discussed several times, but the matter hardly proceeded, despite the attempts.
However, Rautavaara thinks that he was able to have influence. Acting in administration gave him boldness and certainty: your opinions do matter and they are listened to. Grassroots views are also valuable. He also points out that you can achieve even more in the so-called lower-level organs than on the higher level. In his opinion, the students' views were well presented in the Degree Planning Committee, for example.
In the work of a health centre doctor, having experience from administrative organs is by no means necessary. However, in Rautavaara's view, the experience has been useful in his current job as well.
- Because I have acted as a student representative in administration and have experiences from organisational activities, I am able to influence matters in my own work environment.
The knowledge of meeting procedures and the contacts I gained as a student representative have also been helpful.