Rasmus Lempinen had studied at TUT for four years when it was time for one of the final, larger courses: the three-period project work course. Rasmus’ team consisted of six people, all of whom were already familiar with Knowit. The project topic offered by the company seemed interesting, and when there was relevant expertise in the group in addition to direct contact at Knowit, the choice was easy.
The team was tasked with developing a web-based Newbie Maker app to help new employees’ start at the company. In the past, new employees had received a paper with a list of tasks to do.
"A bit of antique technology for an IT company", Rasmus says with a laugh.
The project course team built a to-do list app where new employees can see their tasks and supervisors can track their progress. Because the course is one of the last of the degrees, many of the students are already working in the field at that point. Rasmus was the only one on his team who didn’t have a job yet. “A loose piece”, he deadpans.
Knowit seized the opportunity and offered Rasmus an internship in the spring after the course. As an intern, Rasmus was able to further develop Newbie Maker. The application itself was basically ready, but not ready for proper use. Rasmus worked on the app throughout the summer of 2019.
That autumn Rasmus stayed working two days a week through his final year of study. After completing his thesis, Rasmus started working full-time.