Audrey Kow: Next steps for a young couple

Audrey Kow is front-end developer from Singapore. She visited with her husband Ryan Ho, who works for the Port of Singapore. Audrey learned about Talent Call from a friend who worked abroad. Audrey said she had heard that Finland was a great place to raise a family and the week-long visit confirmed that for the young couple.

SEE THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THEIR TRIP:

Appetite for new challenges after a career switch

Audrey is in the beginning of her tech career after a switch from the chemical industry. Six years in chemistry made her realize she loves coding and technology more than chemical formulas and reactions.

– I’m glad I made the switch – I’m enjoying every minute of my work as a web developer, she says.

Audrey was reminded of her past work as a chemist when she visited PerkinElmer. She used the company’s products for testing. Now working as a front-end developer, she said having the past perspective as a customer would help her in improving their products as a programmer.

Talent Call Turku winners visiting PerkinElmer

Audrey and Ryan share a curiousness to discover new foods and travel destinations, and a love for kids and pets. Long conversations and outdoor activities are also their thing. Audrey and Ryan’s pastimes seem perfectly transferable to Turku, Finland, with its clean nature and divergent restaurant scene.

Ryan dipping in the sea while in Vepsä Island

– What draws us to Finland is its business friendliness, interesting culture and incredibly beautiful landscapes, which are great for my latest hobby, photography, Audrey adds.

What she has to offer, in turn, to potential employers in the Turku region are her problem solving skills, tricks in JavaScript, Reakt and more, and her persistence – sisu in Finnish.

– I believe that learning throughout a journey is more important than the destination. I adapt well to new environments due to my adventurous nature and enthusiasm to acquire knowledge, Audrey concludes.

Audrey and Ryan got the chance to visit and help restore the old ship Sigyn

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