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Our alumna Naheed Amiri-Moghal: My goal is to have a positive impact on the world through my knowledge and skills

Published on 8.3.2023
Tampere University of Applied Sciences
Naheed Amiri-Moghal standing outside in Finlayson area in Tampere.
Naheed Amiri-Moghal moved to Finland from Afghanistan in 2009. In 2021 she graduated from the Degree Programme in Environmental Engineering at Tampere University of Applied Sciences. She is currently studying at Tampere University with Circular Economy as her major and working at Rejlers Finland as an Engineer for the HSEQ (Health, Safety, Environment and Quality) department.

In childhood, Naheed’s dream profession was to become a doctor because she wanted to help people. When she grew up, she realised that her true calling was to become an environmental engineer, because in addition to helping people, she wanted to save the environment and make the world a better place. She began her studies in the Degree Programme in Environmental Engineering at TAMK in 2018.

“I always wanted my career to be more than just a source of income. I wanted to make a difference and this degree felt like the first step toward that dream,” Naheed says.

TAMK gave me practical skills and ability to solve problems

When Naheed began her studies at TAMK, the studies felt challenging for her.

“Going back to studies after a pause was challenging, but I did not let that get the better of me. I worked harder and put in extra effort to get back on track,” Naheed mentions.

Naheed has good memories from TAMK. She mentions that especially project work pushed her to improve her competencies, collaborate with peers and discover new insights. She is especially thankful that TAMK offered her practical skills and ability to solve problems.

Naheed graduated in December 2021, half a year earlier than planned. She decided to continue her studies at Tampere University to become Master of Science in Engineering. Her major is Circular Economy.

“My bachelor’s degree provided a strong foundation of practical skills for an environmental engineer. However, to truly excel in my career and enhance my understanding, I decided to pursue my studies”, Naheed explains.

In this video filmed a year ago Naheed tells about her studies at TAMK.

Dream career

Nowadays Naheed works at Rejlers Finland. Her work includes assisting with risk assessment projects and drafting environmental permits.

“I work under great leadership and in a very supportive work environment. The most important skills in my job are a strong command of the Finnish language and an extensive understanding of environmental engineering,” Naheed describes her work.

Finding a balance between work and studies has been quite challenging, but Naheed has mastered to combine them.

“Luckily, I can choose my working days according to my schedule. This ensures I can invest enough time in both,” Naheed rejoices.

Finland has many hidden opportunities

Naheed has a clear future goal.

“My goal is to have a positive impact on the world through my knowledge and skills,” she emphasises.

Naheed has an advice for international students and other professionals who are trying to find their place in Finland and learn Finnish:

“Finland has so many opportunities that are hidden. To find those, you must work really hard and once you find them, you will know it was worth it. There is no doubt that Finnish is one of the most difficult languages in the world, but it does not mean you cannot learn it. Compared to other languages, it requires more work to learn. The key is not to give up and be consistent,“ Naheed concludes.


Text: Riikka Mölkänen

Picture: Saara Lehtonen