Niina Aarnio was selected as an ECDL global winner in 2006 for the determination she showed in turning her life around and in achieving ECDL certification. Nina was awarded the ECDL / ICDL – A Brighter Future Award at a ceremony in Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 2nd, 2006.
Niina Aarnio was working at a kiosk that was closing due to liquidation. Being over thirty with three children and no work experience was a daunting prospect for Niina. She could find work as a cleaner in the local shopping centre but that required her to work evenings which was not possible as she needed to take care of her children.
Niina’s niece had suggested doing the European Computer Driving Licence and after she went to the library to research the idea, she grew excited at the prospect.
The one obstacle was money. Niina didn’t have the money to undertake the ECDL course, but luckily her employer offered to pay for the course as a gratitude for her 15 years long term contribution to the company.
Niina completed ECDL certification and gained employment as an office clerk close to where she lives. Attaining ECDL was the step that enabled Niina to be on a level playing field with other candidates applying for jobs and Niina has never looked back since.
Niina said, “After searching for a job for a while I saw an opening for office clerk near to where I live. They were looking for a person with computer literacy (yes – that’s me!) and with customer service experience (me – again!). I turned my computer on. I looked for my training material about layout and started typing. I wrote a truthful and clear application letter and sent it over to the CEO of that company. I also wrote a CV, where I attached my photo. All these things I had learned on my ECDL course! Mailing my application letter was an exciting moment – will I make it to the interview? After three days, my phone rang and I was given an appointment for a job interview. So, here I am. Working at the office with a computer – thanks to that truck driving licence!”.