My life at Nokia: Prince Attrams
Nokia places a great deal of importance on innovation and that makes the company thrive.
My name is Prince Attrams, close friends and family call me 'Kobby' which means, a male born on Tuesday and I am originally from Ghana West-Africa. My career journey with Nokia started when I was still a student at the University of Ulm (Germany), but my connection with Nokia began much earlier.
When I saw the advertisement for a working student position in 4G System Verification, I immediately applied without devoting a single moment of thought. The prospect of working at Nokia was a real dream for me. Why you might ask? 14 years ago, I had the rarest opportunity as a teenager to own a personal cell phone. It wasn’t handed over to me on a silver platter, and I really adored every bit of it. It was no other phone than the Nokia 3310. It lasted over half a decade in my possession and it will always be remembered as my first ever handheld device. I still cherish those nostalgic memories of playing my favorite snake game and hearing that classical Nokia ringtone. Reconnecting with a lifelong brand like Nokia was truly an unbelievable opportunity and something I never expected.
My working student days were truly amazing. I was paired with experienced engineers and I had a solid taste of the real life working experience. I graduated last summer with a Master degree in Communications Technology and I was presented with yet another exciting opportunity to work on the world's latest wireless communications standard - 5G!
The journey so far has been splendid. The exposure and learning culture is truly fantastic! Nokia places a great deal of importance on innovation and this is what I believe makes the company thrive. At the technology center in Ulm where I work, we are a diverse group of employees from over 40 different countries. That’s nearly 1/5th of the world’s nations all working at just our Ulm Technology Center. I am more than proud to be part of this diversity and currently, the only employee from Ghana.
In Ghana, I was raised in a village with a huge extended family with over 20 cousins and relatives. This really taught me at a very young age the skills needed to get along with others as we often played and spent considerable time together.
As such I personally strongly identify with the Nokia cultural principles of Drive, Dare and Care; which is in summary, respect for other people’s opinions and voices, challenging the status quo, and driving change for the good of the company and its employees.
Truly, at Nokia, “We create technology to connect the world” is more than a slogan. It embodies the true sense of togetherness, in building the technology that brings people together and placing value on the people that make it happen. I am excited to see what the future holds but one thing is certain, Nokia is the place to be.