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 The company that confronts monopolies, challenges outdated business models and rewrites the rules.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 2018/2019 trainees and their challenges below. 

Idris Qaderi, CEO IoT Trainee

 

Interests:
Technology, sports and behavioral economics.

How did you learn about the Tele2 Executive trainee program?
First time I came in contact with the program was in my first year of university back in 2012. I met a trainee at our career fairs where Tele2 promoted the program. Following that it was always in the back of my head throughout the years.

What made you decide to apply for the trainee program?
When I was applying for graduate positions I mainly looked at three things and asked myself a couple of questions for each to see how it fit with my expectations and ambitions. First of all I wanted to work with experienced people: how much can I learn from the people around me? Secondly I looked for an environment where development was in focus: does the company invest in personal growth, trainings and mentorship? And thirdly it was very important for me that the program gave a head start in my professional life: what doors does it open for my future career? The Tele2 trainee program checked off all the boxes and became the right choice for me.

What made Tele2 stand out from other employers?
The fact that Tele2 had its own subsidiary working exclusively on Internet of Things was very exciting for me. So you get to work within a fast moving and innovative start-up/scale up environment while still enjoying the benefits of being part of a big group, could it be any better? In addition to that, I would say that it was the trainees and partly the other applicants that made Tele2 stand out. The backgrounds, mind-set and ambition levels of the trainees was in alignment with my own ambitions. I could see myself work together with and learn from many of the other applicants. The trainees were here to work hard, learn fast and maybe have some fun along the way.

What did you do before you entered the trainee program?
I did a MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management in Linköping and after graduation I worked as vice president at a property technology start-up doing all kind of work from recruiting, commercial strategy, product specification to marketing. After that I spent some well used time travelling in Europe.

What surprised you the most when you started?
Hahaha Oh.. Everything..? Maybe it would be easier to talk about what didn’t surprise me. No, but seriously, it is crazy how fast you are thrown into the center of all the action. Everything is in constant motion and it’s very much up to you to keep up. You follow your executive into the meetings and get to see managers with 20+ yrs of executive and leadership experience discuss highly sensitive topics with great impact to the business.

How does your work at Tele2 challenge you?
I get challenged every day by the people I work with. The executives will count on you having an opinion or have drawn your own conclusions in different situations. And if you show that you are up for it, they will occasionally ask for you to voice it or argue a case. It keeps you on your toes and you get instant feedback which is something I appreciate a lot. Then of course the work itself is challenging in terms of the high stakes environment and sensitivity of the work being done.

 

Tell us a great challenge that you have been faced with at work?
Applying for visum when going to Ghana.. Hahah :/ Kind of true.

Describe a typical day at work?
I see my work as divided into different streams where I jump between them depending on prioritization and urgency. The biggest stream is the bimonthly focus area I have where I zoom in on different departments and work closely with that part of the organization on a project or deliverables we decide on in advance. In parallel I spend about 20% of my time on our recurring management meetings, presentations and other reports that I help organize and create. Recurring in my work are also the ad-hoc tasks from our executives that pop up during the day. Sometimes this can even end up taking up your whole day and kind of pushes everything else forward 1 day because these tasks usually get highest prio. On top of that, we have our joint activities, recruitment events and trainings with the trainee group.

How does Tele2 support your development?
Tele2 supports us on many fronts and it feels like there is a clear vision for our development. The strength of the trainee program is that we have had it for over 20 years and the executives are well adept in the benefits of the program. They take it very seriously and help you set development goals and then encourage and challenge you to move toward your goals. The support from HR is also great in that respect as they plan in trainings for all the trainees and set up both internal mentorship programs with ex-trainees as well as external coaches – all for our personal development.

What are your hobbies or passions outside of work?
Exercising, traveling, exploring the nature, new cultures and languages. Listening to audiobooks and trying new things of course. And I almost forgot, food. I love food!

Best experience at Tele2 so far:
Spending a whole month in Ghana through the Tele2 and Reach for Change Trainee Exchange Program working with digitalization within the Ghana Library Authority. The trainee trip to our Zagreb office was also very nice!

What is your best career advice for students who are about to start their careers?
It’s always smart to spread your bets and apply for multiple positions but if there are any jobs you really want you should put in the time to prepare properly. The cover letter needs to be tailor made for the specific position and company. If and when you pass the initial assessments, a lot gets down to personality and mentality. Something I heard many times when I was applying for jobs was that the best candidate isn’t the one with the most prior knowledge, it is the one showing the most hunger, eagerness to learn and a humbleness to what they don’t know. I might have had a tough time accepting that before but as time has passed and I’ve seen what my managers look for in people, it makes a lot of sense. Just like in consulting, show the executives that you are a person they would like to have working by their side during long days, but also show them that you can be a person they would feel comfortable with next to on a 2h flight.

Tele2 supports us on many fronts and it feels like there is a clear vision for our development.

Contact Idris

idris.qaderi@tele2.com

Michelle Fee Maier, Group CFO Trainee

 

Interests:
I enjoy sports very much. I teach a workout concept called Deep Work and I go bouldering as often as I can. Besides that, I practice writing to get my creative juices running. I also never say no to a good read.

How did you learn about the Tele2 Executive trainee program?
I attended a recruiting event at university and I immediately thought this could be the challenge I was waiting for.

What made you decide to apply for the trainee program?
There are several factors that made me apply for the trainee program. First of all, I like Tele2's challenger attitude. Tele2 is a game changer in the Swedish and even the European telecom market. Second, I felt that the Executive Trainee position is the perfect opportunity to throw myself into the cold waters and learn from the best. Last but not least, the Tele2 Trainee program offers a lot of support and trainings for personal development along the way.

What made Tele2 stand out from other employers?
Tele2's strong culture is what makes it distinct from other companies. Already during my first visits at Tele2, I sensed that the values, which are action, openness, challenge, cost-conscious, quality and flexibility are omnipresent – the Tele2 way is not only written on the walls but represented by each and everyone I spoke to at Tele2.

What did you do before you entered the trainee program?
I completed my M. Sc. In Business & Management at Stockholm School of Economics. I also worked within Business Development at BMW leading a project to redefine the customer journey for BMW customers within the Northern European countries.

What surprised you the most when you started?
Tele2 has a very informal and open culture. You want to have a coffee by the Starbucks machine with the CEO? No problem. Maybe that was the most surprising to me as this can be very different for companies in Germany which is where I originally come from.

How does your work at Tele2 challenge you?
There has not been a single day of "business as usual" at Tele2 for me so far. You never know how a day will turn out and which challenges you will be facing when you enter the office in the morning. That can be challenging at times but it is also extremely exciting.

Tele2 has a very informal and open culture. You want to have a coffee by the Starbucks machine with the CEO? No problem.

 

Tell us a great challenge that you have been faced with at work?
Since the merger with Com Hem was announced, one of the biggest mergers in the Swedish business landscape, no day was like the other for the Group Finance team. This was probably one of the most exciting times to join Tele2's Group CFO. I got the chance to become involved with this project in many different ways. One of them was to develop a forecast of how much the transaction will cost until closing of the deal. This taught me a lot about the processes behind the transaction and about the different stakeholders that are involved.

Describe a typical day at work?
I usually like to come into the office quite early in the morning. I will check my E-Mails, the latest stock developments and if there is time I will listen to a news podcast to get a flavor of what's happening out in the world. Before the busyness starts, I will align with the Group CFO on the important issues for the day and for the rest of the week. Most of the day is packed with meetings until it gets a bit more quiet in the early evening. That's when I take time to dig into the more complex tasks. Before going to bed at night, I will check my E-Mails again or have a short catch-up with the CFO.

How does Tele2 support your development?
Tele2 offers a lot of support from inside and outside the company throughout the traineeship. My mentor, who has been a former trainee at Tele2 herself, has great advice and understanding regarding the highs and lows during the traineeship and helps me stay focused on what actually matters. In addition to that, I have a coach who provides me with a good outside-in perspective and helps me challenge myself along the way and to always stay a little bit outside of my comfort zone.

What are your hobbies or passions outside of work?
I have a real passion for dancing. I practiced ballet for almost 13 years and nowadays I enjoy Rock n'Roll and Salsa. The next thing I want to try is Lindy Hop.

Best experience at Tele2 so far:
For our Group Finance leadership team, I arranged a CFO conference in Amsterdam. It was a lot of work but at the same time a really great experience. All CFOs from our Tele2 markets came to Amsterdam which created a very international environment and room for the exchange of new ideas.

What is your best career advice for students who are about to start their careers?
Don't shy away from challenges even if they appear too big at first sight. You will grow into them and become fearless!

Contact Michelle

michelle.fee.maier@tele2.com

Rasmus Zetterdahl, Group COO Trainee

 

Interests:
Everything that has to do with life on or near the sea! Sailing, Wind-surfing, taking a walk on a beach or jumping from a cliff into clear water are all superb ways of spending a day.

How did you learn about the Tele2 Executive trainee program?
I was blown away at a career fair listening to a former Trainee, together with the Swedish CEO, telling us graduates about their work at Tele2. They truly expanded my expectations of what the first year of my career could be like.

What made you decide to apply for the trainee program?
The trainee program at Tele2 is a unique possibility to work close to the executive management. No other trainee program could offer that high degree of involvement in strategic decision making and connection to an executive.

What made Tele2 stand out from other employers?
Tele2 appeared to be a company where people try a little harder and walk a little faster, that appealed to me. Three months into the program I have realized that I was absolutely right.

What did you do before you entered the trainee program?
I graduated from the Industrial Engineering and Management program in Linköping in June, before that I did my master thesis traveling around in California trying to sell robotic lawn mowers.

What surprised you the most when you started?
The fact that very few things where determined in beforehand. My executive and I had the full flexibility to form our way of working.

How does your work at Tele2 challenge you?
At Tele2 we are not “slaves under processes”, which is liberating and stimulating at the same time. This also means that I have to choose my way and level of structure – that is challenging!

Tell us a great challenge that you have been faced with at work?
One afternoon, a senior director called me and said: “Tomorrow we are presenting financial results to the CEO, and the material is yet to be made. Meet me in 10 minutes and prepare for a long night.” He was absolutely right about the long night, but now I can do waterfall diagram with my left hand. Being able to handle tight deadlines is a key to survive at Tele2.

 

Describe a typical day at work?
I haven't experienced two days that are alike yet, but I will take yesterday..
7.00: Doing the "heavy stuff" (Excel is heavy stuff...) in the morning. No interruptions and the brain is still somewhat sharp.
9.00: Meeting with the operational leadership team. Super interesting to get full insight in how the Tele2-machine is running.
12.00: Lunch with my trainee colleagues. Being somewhat unprofessional for an hour is the best way to gather energy for the afternoon.
13.00: Project workshop
15.00: Catching up on e-mails
17.00: Grabbing a sandwich at Starbucks Arlanda while listening to a conference call.
19.00: Flight to Riga for new adventures tomorrow

How does Tele2 support your development?
I have a strong feeling that Tele2 and my executive believe in me and my potential. I get instant feedback when I do something right and something wrong. Within the trainee program, we also have different training sessions such as presentation techniques.

What are your hobbies or passions outside of work?
In the wintertime, when ice makes boating somewhat complicated, I like downhill skiing. We are a group of friends who go to the alps every year. My main role is making sure we all make it to the after-ski in time.

I also drag myself to the gym a couple of times per week to stay fit and healthy, but that is everything else than a passion..

Best experience at Tele2 so far:
When we all trainees took part in arranging the extra general meeting, when the shareholders approved the merger with Com Hem. It really felt like we were part of writing company history.

What is your best career advice for students who are about to start their careers?
Come to work early, with a smile on your face and make yourself useful! Everyday will not be fun, every task will not be easy and every colleague will not be your best friend. With a positive attitude and an eager to work, you will ride out the storms a lot easier.

At Tele2 we are not “slaves under processes”, which is liberating and stimulating at the same time. 

Contact Rasmus

rasmus.zetterdahl@tele2.com

Veronica Jansson, CEO Sweden Trainee

 

Interests:
Skiing, yoga, sailing, travelling and enjoying really good food. Preferably together with my friends and family.

How did you learn about the Tele2 Executive trainee program?
To be honest, Google was my best friend here. I knew that I wanted to be part of a trainee program, so a friend of mine recommended the Tele2 Trainee program, which I then looked up. I'm really glad I did!

What made you decide to apply for the trainee program?
The bold challenger spirit and the fearless attitude, as well as Tele2's legacy. The thought of working so closely with an experienced executive really made me tick and it felt like an opportunity I couldn't miss.

What made Tele2 stand out from other employers?
Definitely the culture and the values, and how these are portrayed and lived by.

What did you do before you entered the trainee program?
I graduated from the School of Business, Economics and Law in Gothenburg in June, from which I have a Master's degree in Management. Besides studying I have done internships at Procter & Gamble and Spotify.

What surprised you the most when you started?
Three things. One: how fast I was included in the organization. Two: that you really get responsibility from day one and three: how closely you actually do work with your executive- we became a team from the start!

How does your work at Tele2 challenge you?
On so many levels! I'm working on several different projects at the same time, constantly challenged to think outside the box. I don't think I've ever been as much outside my comfort zone, which I really enjoy!

Tell us a great challenge that you have been faced with at work?
I organized a conference for the extended Swedish Leadership Team, managing all presentations and made sure everything ran smoothly (forever thankful that I didn't have to manage the technical stuff).

 

Describe a typical day at work?
There are no typical days, but today I’ve spent my time on preparing material, syncing it with Samuel before joining him to a meeting. Then I had lunch with the other trainees before continuing with my to do-list alongside with some ad hoc stuff that had come up during the day.

How does Tele2 support your development?
To 100%. I have a mentor, who is a former trainee which is great since he can give me the top tips for making the most out of this year. Also, I have an external coach, with whom I discuss and plan for my professional development and my future. Samuel is also very interested in my development and determined that I should grow this year.

What are your hobbies or passions outside of work?
I’m a very active person, I love sports and being outside. My greatest passion is skiing, preferably in a lot of powder. I sail as often as I can, and try to start every day with yoga. Of course, like everyone else, I love travelling, hanging out with my friends and enjoying some nice food and wine. Trying new restaurants is a true passion of mine.

Best experience at Tele2 so far:
If I have to choose, I’ll say the Extraordinary General Meeting because we got to work together all trainees, and really became a team. It was such a fun and energizing day!

What is your best career advice for students who are about to start their careers?
First, dare to challenge the company and ask the questions you want to get answered. It is as much for you to get a sense of the company as it is for them to feel that you are a good match. Second, believe in your own skills and value. Third (my favorite), dare to LinkedIn-stalk!

I don't think I've ever been as much outside my comfort zone, which I really enjoy!

Contact Veronica

veronica.jansson@tele2.com

Victor Bernhardsson, Group EVP Strategy & Business Development Trainee

 

Interests:
Food, skiing and rock climbing. But mostly food.

How did you learn about the Tele2 Executive trainee program?
I met Tele2 at Traineedagen in Stockholm last year.

What made you decide to apply for the trainee program?
I was excited about working closely with a high-ranking executive continuously during one year, rather than being on a rotation program. It allows me to gain deeper understanding of what is going on in the heads of the top executives. Additionally, it will provide me with a good head start in my career, especially within the Tele2 Group, but also externally due to the program's strong reputation.

What made Tele2 stand out from other employers?
From my previous experience, large organizations move slowly. At Tele2, speed, agility and flexibility is prioritized and I often forget that I work at a company with over 6,000 employees in nine markets. Telcos are boring. Tele2 is not.

What did you do before you entered the trainee program?
Just before joining Tele2, I finished my master's degree in Industrial Engineering & Management at Lund University. I spent one year studying at University of Queensland in Australia and took the opportunity to work as a part-time Excel-Ninja/Management Consultant during my last year in Lund.

What surprised you the most when you started?
The amount of responsibility and trust you get from day 1.

How does your work at Tele2 challenge you?
If I'm not outside my comfort zone, I'm not doing my job right.

 

Tell us a great challenge that you have been faced with at work?
I got to co-host a trend spotting session for the Leadership team during my second week at work.

Describe a typical day at work?
50% Excel, 25% PowerPoint, 20% meetings, 5% table tennis.

How does Tele2 support your development?
First of all, we have gone through several training sessions spanning from presentation skills and time management to network infrastructure and the telecom industry. Secondly, every trainee is assigned an internal mentor who support us in our day to day work, and an professional career coach who help us define and reach our long term goals and assist us in our personal development.

What are your hobbies or passions outside of work?
Food, skiing and rock climbing. But mostly food.

Best experience at Tele2 so far:
Trainee trip to Croatia. Very educational.

What is your best career advice for students who are about to start their careers?
One of the most important aspects of choosing a job, which I believe often overlooked, is the people within the company. Find a place where people are inspiring, where people share your values and where people doesn't take themselves too seriously.

If I'm not outside my comfort zone, I'm not doing my job right.

Contact Victor

victor.bernhardsson@tele2.com