Meet our trainees

 

Tele2’s Executive Trainee programme is a career expressway – but only for the best and the brightest. We look for trainees who can help us remain the challengers we always have been. The company that confronts monopolies, challenges outdated business models and rewrites the rules. Every day.

That’s not easy. Which is why our trainee programme is not for just anyone. To succeed, you need to think fast and move fast. Take bold initiatives and never hesitate to challenge anything or anyone to see them through.
 Not even your boss.

 

As one of few chosen for the programme, you’ll spend a year in Stockholm or Amsterdam. There, you’ll work closely with – and be mentored by – a top Tele2 executive. And you’ll assist with his or her daily endeavours.

The hours will be long, the pace gruelling and the expectations sky-high. But there are rewards. The right participants take on top executive jobs very quickly – either at Tele2 or with the expanding Kinnevik Group.

If you feel you have what it takes, then why not apply? Meanwhile, learn more about our 2017/2018 trainees and their challenges below. 

Julia Maxén
Group COO Trainee

 

Interests:
Dancing to old classics, International Business, skiing down the slopes, finding bargains (no matter what it is), and travelling. 

Fun experience:
I went to Minnesota for a year during High School and tried out the American dream.

If you had to choose one dish for the rest of your life:
It would be Spaghetti alle Vongole (spaghetti, clams, garlic), no doubt.

How would you say that your Apps on your mobile reflect you?
Most of my apps are focused on travelling, which is what I do whenever the budget and the time allows me to! I am also the kind of person that will buy something simply because it seems like an amazing deal. Therefore, you will find A LOT of apps on my mobile related to cut-price deals and last minute offers! 

 

What kind of mobile brand do you prefer?
iPhone, because it is so simple to use.

Why did you apply for a role with Tele2? 
When I first read about the position, I was immediately drawn to the unique opportunity to get a first-hand perspective of how such a large business as Tele2 is run. In addition, I also find the Telecom industry very fascinating, considering how it affects the everyday life of so many people.

What did you do before?
I spent the last 5 years at Handelshögskolan in Gothenburg earning a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in International Business and Trade. However, I could not spend 5 years solely studying, so I kept myself busy with different organizations while utilizing my counting skills at a bank.

Describe a typical day at Tele2: 
I have been trying to answer this question for a long time, but I still cannot come up with a good answer for what a “typical day” is. Each day really is different, but some things are recurring, like collecting material for the board and monthly reports. Other than that, my days are a mix of brain storming presentations, juggling ad-hoc tasks and attending interesting meetings.

Otherwise, my day is a mix of brain storming presentations, joggling ad-hoc tasks and attending interesting meetings.

What challenges are you facing in your day-to-day job? 
My morning coffees are now accompanied by tight deadlines, followed by then trying to prioritize the ad-hoc tasks that arrive in my inbox throughout the day. Regardless of what is put in front of you, you quickly realize that you have a lot of responsibility from day one, so you must not be afraid to act and make decisions. 

Of all the Apps on your mobile, which one do you cherish the most and why? 
AirBnB because I love the concept and the simplicity of the business idea. I have used the app several times on my travels which has allowed me to meet lots of new and interesting people. 

If you were to delete one App, which one would it be?
Unfortunately Pokemon Go because it takes up too much of my spare time, as well as the sad realization that I will never “catch ‘em all”. 

What was the biggest surprise when you started at Tele2?
How much your opinion really matters, even to the top executives of the company. 

What is your best career advice for students who are about to start their careers?
Be prepared when applying for your dream job and try to avoid having it as your first interview. Also, take time to identify where your passion is and look beyond prestigious titles.  

In one word, what is your biggest strength?
Inventive.

What is your favorite TV series?
New Girl and Narcos could keep me up all night.

 

Learn more about our Trainee Program here

Daniel Wall
CEO Sweden Trainee

 

Interests:
Sports, computer games, travelling, wildlife, natural history, societal issues.

Fun experience:
Camping trip around New Zeeland with a group of other exchange students.

If you had to choose one dish for the rest of your life:
Probably chicken red curry.

How would you say that your Apps on your mobile reflects you?
I guess they reflect my everyday needs since I try to remove apps that I rarely use.

 

What kind of mobile brand do you prefer?
I've been an Android user for about four years now, and I really appreciate the smoothness and flow with which it operates. At the moment, I think I prefer the Huawei Mate Pro 9 but I'm not sure I will stick with it for my next upgrade.

Why did you apply for a role with Tele2?
My interest for the industry was initially sparked when I worked as a customer service agent for another Telecom company. Some four years later, during my final year of school, I was introduced to the Executive Trainee Program through a Tele2 event. At first it was the program itself that really caught my eye, but after a few interactions with the people at Tele2 I took a strong liking to the great culture as well.

What did you do before?
Finishing my master thesis at KTH where I studied Industrial Engineering and Management, and working at a start-up.

Describe a typical day at Tele2:
When I applied, I remember being told there is no such thing as a typical day and that's true. But there are two recurring elements that most days will contain: (1) creating, gathering and compiling information, (2) participating in meetings with the Swedish leadership team. Aside from that, each day will have its own interesting surprises.

What challenges are you facing in your day-to-day job?
I'd say one of the biggest challenges is to be able to deliver on deadlines when the product is dependent upon input from a lot of different sources. It requires planning and structure, but also a good measure of flexibility and resourcefulness.

Of all the Apps on your mobile, which one do you cherish the most and why?
That's a difficult one. Many of them feel essential to my everyday life, but I do have a particular fondness for the Messenger app since I use it a lot and like being active in group chats.

If you were to delete one App, which one would it be?
Probably the breadwallet app. I only have it to keep track of my 0.1 bitcoins. 

What was the biggest surprise when you started at Tele2?
The way that the Swedish leadership team welcomed me with such openness and inclusiveness.

What is your best career advice for students who are about to start their careers?
It's easy to be influenced by what others are doing, Try to look past that and allow yourself to really figure out what is right for you. I can highly recommend taking a course in self-leadership for that purpose.

In one word, what is your biggest strength?
Discipline.

What is your favorite TV series?
Despite the many incredible series created during the past decade or so, I have to go with Friends. It must have been airing for something like 20 years but I never get tired of watching it.

Learn more about our Trainee Program here

Olivia Engellau
Group CEO Trainee

 

Interests:
Travelling, skiing, singing, doing sports.

Fun experience:
I literally maxed out my gap year, I worked in England, lived in Paris, became a ski instructor in Switzerland and interrailed in India – definitely an adventurous year!

If you had to choose one dish for the rest of your life:
Swedish dessert Marängsviss.

How would you say that your Apps on your mobile reflect you?

I am active; love travelling, exploring and learning new things!

 

What kind of mobile brand do you prefer?
Hm, Samsung – it’s just so simple right?!

Why did you apply for a role with Tele2?
It offers you a unique opportunity to see how corporate governance work – how a listed company is run and what challenges and opportunities this means. Also, being able to closely follow an exceptional leader is leadership training in itself.

What did you do before?
I did my Bachelors in the UK and then I worked at Unilever in London for a few years.

Describe a typical day at Tele2:
I’d argue the best part of the job is that there is not one “typical” day. One day I am in a Leadership Team meeting, next I am in one of our countries meeting their teams, and the next I am preparing materials for our Board. It really is different each day.

What challenges are you facing in your day-to-day job?
It is not having enough hours of the day. When there is so many exciting things going on, it’s hard not to want to get involved in absolutely everything.

Of all the Apps on your mobile, which one do you cherish the most and why?
As boring as it sounds it is not what my phone gives me that is exciting, it is the connectivity it enables; therefore any of the messaging apps are my faves, or FaceTime.

If you were to delete one App, which one would it be?
Netflix. Let’s be honest, it is not exactly the most productive of things.

What was the biggest surprise when you started at Tele2?
The complete access and insight that you get, it really gives you a unique understanding of management and how a large company is governed. And the culture – definitely not just posters on the wall!

What is your best career advice for students who are about to start their careers?
Follow your gut. Where you feel passionate, happy and excited, you will do well – and your success is not the same as your classmates’, it needs to be right for you. Dare to challenge yourself and your comfort zone – difficult does not mean impossible.

In one word, what is your biggest strength?
Drive.

What is your favorite TV series?
House of Cards!

 

Learn more about our Trainee Program here

Anton Borglund
Group EVP Strategy & Business Development Trainee


Interests:
Work out, singing, guitar playing, music, cooking & dining, concerts, photography, football (mostly Tottenham Hotspurs), popular culture, the stock market.

Fun experience:
Lived in Mumbai for 4 months while interning for the Consulate General of Sweden. A very different world compared to the Nordics. The guy in the background of my phone is Jay Buchanan, my favourite singer. I met him once after a concert, but I was a bit too starstruck to provide anything of content to the conversation.

If you had to choose one dish for the rest of your life:

I would go for Bouillabaisse with bread and aioli. My dad used to work as a chef, and I would claim that this is his specialty.

How would you say that your Apps on your mobile reflects you?
I think they reflect me as a person both professionally and personally. Two of my biggest interests are music and training, why I have quite many apps on that note. Business and financial markets are things I’ve always found interesting too, so I guess that my apps are mixing business with pleasure.


What kind of mobile brand do you prefer?
Samsung. It's hard changing if you've used the same operating system since 2009. 

Why did you apply for a role with Tele2?
I was curious about Tele2 as a company for different reasons. The Kinnevik heritage with its challenger spirit was very appealing as well as being able to experience the ever evolving Telecom industry. I knew Tele2 had a well-established trainee program where previous participants took on very interesting positions early on after their trainee year. This, together with the chance to get continuously challenged every day and the unique insight into the organization that the Trainee role brings was something that I didn't want to miss out on.

What did you do before?
Studied Master's Program in Corporate Finance at Lund University School of Economics and Management.

Describe a typical day at Tele2:
This might sound like a cliché, but there isn't something as a typical day when working as a trainee! Many days I'm more up and running around the office than actually being at the desk. Everyday I'm supporting my manager and the team I work in, and what that means in practice is determined by what's going on at the moment within the company.

What challenges are you facing in your day-to-day job?
The struggle to combine planning and flexibility. So much is going on, and as a trainee you are in the middle of the storm. If you're not comfortable with change and fast altering scenarios, then the trainee program is probably not for you. Flexibility is a key word, and as you are in a supporting role you can never be afraid to get your hands dirty!

Of all the Apps on your mobile, which one do you cherish the most and why?
Swish! Do you remember when you owed someone money, withdrew cash and handed it over? I don't. Run zombies is a close runner up. Nothing gets you more motivated to beat your track record than having the living dead breathing down your neck.

If you were to delete one App, which one would it be?
Foodora. I love cooking, but sometimes it's just too convenient to order great food directly to your doorstep (and maybe not the best for your waistline either).

What was the biggest surprise when you started at Tele2?
I'd say the go spirit that is running through the company. I had a general idea of the company and what the values were, but I didn't realize that they truly permeate the organization. To constantly challenge status quo and disrupting the market – I like the black sheep status and the culture that goes with it.

What is your best career advice for students who are about to start their careers?
When applying for your first job, don't settle for the first best thing. It's all about a good match between you and the employer. Be sure to get a feel for the company, and whether the work environment and culture will help you feel motivated and stimulate you to deliver. Also, there's no such thing as preparing too much for a job interview. If you are genuinely interested, curious and prepared, it usually shows.

In one word, what is your biggest strength?
Restlessness.

What is your favorite TV series?
South Park and New Girl.

 

Learn more about our Trainee program here

Anastasija Vasilevska
Group CFO Trainee

 

Interests:
Gymnastics, travelling and exploring new places, spending time at the seaside (it helps me to relax and come up with inspiring ideas), being with family and friends.

Fun experience:
Eye-opening exchange semester in Hong Kong, when I suddenly realized how big the world actually is and how different people are.

If you had to choose one dish for the rest of your life:
Probably I was a squirrel in my past life since I absolutely love nuts.

How would you say that your Apps on your mobile reflect you?

Practical, active, busy and addicted to my phone.

 

What kind of mobile brand do you prefer?
I am an absolute Apple fan. It’s already my 3rd iPhone and it would be extremely difficult for me to shift to another brand. Even after having interned in Google, getting a Nexus and working on a Chromebook, I haven’t changed my preference.

Why did you apply for a role with Tele2?
Tele2 is an amazing company with a strong challenger spirit within a rapidly changing and extremely important industry. Communication is a basic right and need and telecoms make this possible. Being a part of Tele2 is a true inspiration for me – every day I feel that we make this life more convenient and enjoyable.

What did you do before?
Before joining Tele2 I did a double degree in MSc in Finance in Stockholm School of Economics and CEMS Master in International Management in Bocconi University in Milan. I have professional experience from working in Corporate Banking in DNB and interning in Google.

Describe a typical day at Tele2:
A typical day in Tele2 is quite unpredictable. I start work early with creating a plan for the day. Ad-hoc tasks are added to the plan during the day, therefore, is important to manage the tasks and prioritize. There are several longer-term projects that I need to coordinate, however, the beauty of this position that I can focus on things that are interesting to me and projects where I feel I can contribute.

What challenges are you facing in your day-to-day job?
The main challenge for me is the lack of time. Change is the only constant in this company – a lot of exciting things happen simultaneously and setting up my own agenda is a matter of prioritization. There are so many tasks and projects that I would like to be involved in that sometimes it is quite difficult to choose. 

Of all the Apps on your mobile, which one do you cherish the most and why?
My favorite is the Podcast app. Every morning I go to work and listen to podcasts in Swedish to practice the language; at work, when I need to focus to build a model in Excel or apply some trainee magic to a Power Point, I listen to instrumental house music; and in the evening, when I work out, I listen to some energetic club music.

If you were to delete one App, which one would it be?
All of these apps I use every day, however, I wish that one day, when my Swedish becomes better, I could delete the Folkets Lexikon app.

What was the biggest surprise when you started at Tele2?
My biggest surprise was the level of responsibility and trust that we, Executive Trainees, get from the Leadership Team. Before joining I knew that in this role we can make a difference, however, the actual scale of it was truly surprising to me.

What is your best career advice for students who are about to start their careers?
My advice would be to understand your strengths and find a company and industry where that is highly valued. Do your homework and don’t be fooled by the brands. One should learn as much as possible about the company, its values and vibe and feel that this is truly the environment where one wants to be.

In one word, what is your biggest strength?
Curiosity.

What is your favorite TV series?
Suits.

 

Learn more about our Trainee Program here