What kind of mobile brand do you prefer?
OnePlus - A challenger brand taking on giants.
Why did you apply for a role with Tele2?
Tele2 has a rich history of challenging monopolies and being the customer champion. Now, we are at the brink of a new, intelligent society powered by automation, robotics, IoT and cloud computing– something, which can only be enabled by the connectivity that Tele2 and other telecom operators can supply. It is very inspiring to be part of that journey. Also, I always strive to challenge myself and learn from the best. As a trainee, I get to do this every day. Being able to closely follow an exceptional leader is leadership training in itself. I also learn a lot about how a listed company is run and what challenges and opportunities it means. Finally, the springboard the program provides for further opportunities within the Tele2 Group and the possibility to work with Reach4Change at the end of the trainee year also strongly appealed to me.
What did you do before?
Before joining Tele2 I did a double degree, MSc in International Business at Stockholm School of Economics and CEMS Master in International Management at London School of Economics. I have gained professional experience from public policy, finance and corporate strategy from working in the Swedish Prime Minister's Office, Google in the UK, Ericsson in Argentina and Arla Foods in Denmark. All in all, I have worked and studied on three different continents in four different languages and I hope to make that list longer in the future.
Describe a typical day at Tele2:
Every day is different – that is what I like about my role. I get to the office around 8:00 am in the morning and start working through my to-do list and handling the ad-hoc tasks that come my way. As a trainee, you are really at the heart of things and a lot of my work consists of coordinating and aligning with different parts of the company. The most exciting days are when we have Board and Leadership Team meetings – it is a fantastic opportunity to learn.
What challenges are you facing in your day-to-day job?
That there are only 24 hours in a day. You have to be good at prioritizing and make sure to be working on the things that are really important.
Of all the Apps on your mobile, which one do you cherish the most and why?
My email client – I would not be able to pull off my job without it. However, in my free time I would say that 90% of my data bucket is used browsing Instagram or looking at American late night talk shows on YouTube.
If you were to delete one App, which one would it be?
Any of the pre-installed ones that I never use.
What was the biggest surprise when you started at Tele2?
The fantastic colleagues and how Tele2 really lives by its values. Tele2 has a great action-oriented, open culture – even at the top. It is full speed from day 1 and you will be a trusted member of the team from the moment that you set your foot in the office.
What is your best career advice for students who are about to start their careers?
First, try to identify a time when you were at your best/had the most fun and try to find a job related to that experience. Second, look beyond the brands and titles and focus on the people you will be working with. Pick the place with the best colleagues and the best values. Third, think about what makes you stand out from the crowd and make sure to emphasize it in your application.
In one word, what is your biggest strength?
What is your favorite TV series?
I have a soft spot for political dramas: West Wing, House of Cards and Borgen are all favorites.
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