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 The company that confronts monopolies, challenges outdated business models and rewrites the rules.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. 

Anna Rosén
Group CEO Trainee

 

Interests:
Food, art, current affairs and travel. To relax, I do yoga, run and swim. These are all activities with a direct relationship between input and output - I love seeing the improvements in my performance as I practice.

Fun experience:
Right before starting the executive trainee program I went backpacking in Iran – an amazing trip full of new impressions and wonderful people.

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

How would you say that your Apps on your mobile reflect you?
They reflect my lifestyle – on the go, always connected and really into food and news.



I always strive to challenge myself and learn from the best. As a trainee, I get to do this every day.

 

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 comes 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?
Drive

What is your favorite TV series?
I have a soft spot for political dramas: West Wing, House of Cards and Borgen are all favorites. 

Learn more about our Trainee Program here

Nathalie Gianchandani
Group CFO Trainee

 

Interests:
Boxing and dancing as regular leisure activities, and swimming in summers. I am also a fan of discovering different cultures through travelling, tastes and smells and taking landscape photography.

Fun experience:
Right after my Master's Degree I took the chance to go backpacking and challenged myself to do part of the trip by myself. My experiences in Vietnam and Cambodia are two of my favorite in my life.

If you had to choose one dish for the rest of your life:
Tomato, mozzarella and basil. It might sound simple, but not if you take into account the endless varieties of mozzarella and tomatoes out there. Pairing them with the right basils leaves, olive oil and spices adds a whole new dimension to the dish.

How would you say that your Apps on your mobile reflect you?
All my apps are categorized. I guess it is safe to say that I like things slightly in order.



Speak up, because too few of us dare to.

 

What kind of mobile brand do you prefer?
I don't have a preference, I believe all brands have good distinctive features. Currently, I own an iPhone, but I would like to think that I will try Huawei next. The collaboration with Leica is just too intriguing.

Why did you apply for a role with Tele2?
The role seemed interesting and I liked how the program differed from the regular trainee programs. However, what really caught my attention is that Tele2 appeared to have a start-up culture whilst being a corporation. I am happy to confirm that this is true, and that the flexibility in the way-of-work contributes to a positive working vibe.

What did you do before?
Banking. I was in private equity on the sell side first and later on I continued into financial based roles in the logistics and payment processing industries.

Describe a typical day at Tele2:
I start the day relatively early. My manager and I like to align with one another and look at the day plan, as well as upcoming events or meetings. After that I am happy to say no day is like the other. Monthly and quarterly reoccurring tasks will become part of a routine, but the remaining time is shaped based on which projects I take on and on other challenges. Some days, there is time to sit down for a coffee and enjoy our rooftop terrace.

What challenges are you facing in your day-to-day job?
The trainee program is demanding but enjoyable. Taking on the right balance of projects have been my latest challenge. I did not foresee the potential delays and early starts in the different projects, so I am currently involved in three projects on top of my regular tasks.

Of all the Apps on your mobile, which one do you cherish the most and why?
I have to admit that I have a deep appreciation for Lightroom to bring out the colours on the photographs I take on the go. Lumosity also has a great 'Starbucks' brain training game.

If you were to delete one App, which one would it be?
One of my game apps. I deleted a memory game just this morning but the true solution would be to develop a way where storage space for applications are not bound to the phone.

What was the biggest surprise when you started at Tele2?
We have massage chairs and treadmills.

What is your best career advice for students who are about to start their careers?
Know who you work with and what your tasks will be! Do not work for a name or an idea but for someone and something you are truly passionate about. So when you get the chance to meet your potential future employers ask them the out of the ordinary questions. Meet as many future colleagues as possible. Find out what drives the company's culture. My most enjoyable work experiences have always been where I enjoyed the tasks and the people I worked with.

In one word, what is your biggest strength?
Unconventional

What is your favorite TV series?
Season 3 of Narcos was great, thank you Netflix!

Learn more about our Trainee Program here

Beata Klein
CEO Sweden Trainee

 

Interests:
Primarily three things: Running, reading and taking a swim in the ocean (even when most people think it is way too cold to do so).

Fun experience:
There are so many! If I must pick one of the more recent I would say this February, when me and my friends decided to throw a real midsummer's eve party (with traditional flower crowns and everything), four months early. Why not celebrate something you enjoy so much a little bit extra?

If you had to choose one dish for the rest of your life:
Not really a dish but, nevertheless, I would say freshly baked bread with tons of butter and cheese.

How would you say that your Apps on your mobile reflect you?
I have a lot of news apps of various kinds, and I guess you could say that they reflect my curiosity. I love reading and hearing about everyday news, and interesting things and ideas, who doesn't love Ted Talks right?


 

 I’d rather have an honest 'no' than an insincere 'yes’

 

What kind of mobile brand do you prefer?
I don't really have a special preference for any brand, I think that all brands have their own strengths and weaknesses and I don't really have a problem switching between them.

Why did you apply for a role with Tele2?
What really got me interested in Tele2 even long before I applied for the role was that it felt like a company with a very straightforward and uncomplicated attitude (which later also turned out to be the case). In addition. Tele2's way of defying industry standards, continuously challenging others and themselves to move forward, was something I felt I wanted to be a part of.

What did you do before?
I finished my studies at Chalmers and took another try at becoming fluent in French. The former went very well and I can now address myself engineer, and the latter... well,
Je m'appelle Beata.

Describe a typical day at Tele2:
Essentially, a lot of the work is the same as what you would do pretty much anywhere else, create presentations, have meetings, compile information etc. However, what makes it unique and truly exciting is that you do all these tasks at the very top level of the company. To sit and work with material that is going to be in front of the Board of Directors the day after is really something special, to say the least. You can tell that it is an organization where you get hands-on experience and responsibility right away.

What challenges are you facing in your day-to-day job?
Realizing that you cannot learn everything at once!

Of all the Apps on your mobile, which one do you cherish the most and why?
Podcasts, no question about it. So many interesting discussions, narratives and news, I can never get enough!

If you were to delete one App, which one would it be?
Reuters, I am actually going to do that right away...thanks for the reminder!

What was the biggest surprise when you started at Tele2?
First, the amount of insight you get and the high-level things you get to do very early on was of course a pleasant surprise. But perhaps even better, all the insanely competent (and helpful!) people you have around you, it gives you so much inspiration and energy!

What is your best career advice for students who are about to start their careers?
You are capable of more than you could ever have imagined and even more importantly, you will be surrounded by people who believe in you even more than you do yourself.

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

What is your favourite TV series?
Cosmos. 

Learn more about our Trainee Program here

 

Johannes Nemeth
Group EVP Strategy & Business Development Trainee

 

Interests:
Technology, Books, Hedging

Fun experience:
Spent two months in China working with a startup just prior to joining Tele2.

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

How would you say that your Apps on your mobile reflect you?
They show that I do not always spend time on what is most important.


 

Don't do what everyone else is doing – think about what you want and why.

 

 

What kind of mobile brand do you prefer?
Oneplus.

Why did you apply for a role with Tele2?
Several reasons – (1) Because of the company's history and values, (2) because I wanted to be mentored by Stina and (3) because I am a generalist at heart, and this is a generalist role.

What did you do before?
I studied Industrial Engineering and Management at Linköping Institute of Technology, including one year of exchange studies at the University of Technology in Munich. After graduating, I was involved in two startups before joining Tele2.

Describe a typical day at Tele2:
My day usually starts off at 8:00 am with grabbing some coffee from the Starbucks machine on the top floor of the office. Then I catch up with my to-do list, which during the day is continuously updated as I receive emails, go to meetings, finish Excel models and PowerPoint slides, or juggle any other ad-hoc tasks. This goes on until late afternoon, when I will go to the second floor for some ping pong. After getting my blood flowing again, I will keep on working from the office until the evening, when I will catch the bus and finish the last work from home.

What challenges are you facing in your day-to-day job?
My biggest challenge up until now is prioritizing – to instinctively feel when something is finished and when to move on to something else.

Of all the Apps on your mobile, which one do you cherish the most and why?
Soundcloud, because listening to podcasts is what makes my daily commute feel like it is not a waste of time.

If you were to delete one App, which one would it be?
Hacker News, it is the last app on my to-read list.

What was the biggest surprise when you started at Tele2?
That I was treated as an integral part of the team from day 1.

What is your best career advice for students who are about to start their careers?
Do not do what everyone else is doing – think about what you want and why.

In one word, what is your biggest strength?
Reflective

What is your favorite TV series?
Nathan for you

Learn more about our Trainee Program here

Oscar Bäärnhielm
Group COO Trainee

 

Interests:
Avid skier, recreational climber.

Fun experience:
Did the Kessel Run in almost 14 parsecs.

If you had to choose one dish for the rest of your life:
Schwartz's Pastrami on rye (nopickle) with a Cherry Coke on the side.

How would you say that your Apps on your mobile reflect you?
Gosh. I hope not.


Move at warp speed. Adjust course when necessary

 

What kind of mobile brand do you prefer?
Blackberry. I really miss the physical keyboard.

Why did you apply for a role with Tele2?
Great company, rebellious at heart, with a very interesting journey ahead. I wanted to be a part of that journey.

What did you do before?
Most recently, Public Affairs.

Describe a typical day at Tele2:
I can't. Tele2 does not do typical. Every day pretty muchis unique.

What challenges are you facing in your day-to-day job?
Most of the challenges I face are about having a big picture perspective while at the same time addressing details relevant to Tele2's operations.

Of all the Apps on your mobile, which one do you cherish the most and why?
Spotify and the reason is pretty self-explanatory.

If you were to delete one App, which one would it be?
Safari. But Tim Cook won't allow me to.

What was the biggest surprise when you started at Tele2?
That I haven't met one single person yet that I have not liked in one way or another. Can't say if the feeling has been mutual.

What is your best career advice for students who are about to start their careers?
Your ability to do a great job out in the real world has nothing to do with your grade transcript. Your real education starts the day you graduate. Say yes to everything, big or small, and always reflect on what you have learned from the stuff you do. And learn to love coffee, if you have not already.

In one word, what is your biggest strength?
nextquestionplease

What is your favorite TV series?
West Wing

Learn more about our Trainee Program here