Meet our trainees

 

Tele2’s Executive Trainee program 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 The company that confronts monopolies, challenges outdated business models and rewrites the rules.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 program 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 program, you’ll spend a year in Stockholm. 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.

Meanwhile, learn more about our 2019/2020 trainees and their challenges below. 

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Tom Åkerström, Executive Transformation & Operational Excellence Trainee, Stockholm, Sweden

 

How did you learn about the Tele2 Executive trainee program?

I had decided a trainee program was the right thing for me to start of my career with. Looking for interesting trainee programs, I first read about the Tele2 executive trainee program at Traineeguiden.se – where my interest for the program was quickly established.

 

What made you decide to apply for the trainee program?

With some previous experience in Telecom I knew it was a really exciting business to be part of, with constant development and change. When I found this opportunity and read about the experience of previous trainees it was an easy decision to make.

 

What made Tele2 stand out from other employers?

The inviting and future-focused culture. The very exciting fact of a company that stands out among slow-moving giants, fueled by an attitude to be fearless and flexible, not afraid to stand out from the rest. The opportunity to join a company where it is possible to do impact already from the start. Many things…

 

What did you do before you entered the trainee program?

I finished my master’s program in Industrial Engineering and Management at the Royal Institute of Technology, doing a master’s thesis about 5G ecosystems at Ericsson. I also spent one semester in Singapore, studying business and finance. Not surprising, I spent the summer travelling and preparing for this upcoming challenge.

 

What surprised you the most when you started?

Among many things the two most outstanding were how involved I got to be from the very beginning of the program and how exciting it would feel to be handed such great amount of responsibility.

 

Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself with things you have not done before.

How does your work at Tele2 challenge you?

I believe this is very different for all trainees, but for me, the need of  always finding a new way to approach and handle challenges. As every day is different, there is no manual for my work. However, the very same fact is what makes it so exciting.

 

Describe a typical day at work?

As I just mentioned there is no typical work for me and hence no typical day. What I can say is that I usually come to work with a rather free schedule, but one or two hours into the day the reality is very different, as new challenges or things to do arise all the time. Either because they are handed to me or because I choose to address them myself. I never have to worry about having nothing to do, that is for sure.

 

How does Tele2 support your development?

The organization does a great work indirectly, as the people working here is the main support for my development. We have several education programs that are important for our work, but from the people perspective, everyone is very engaged. I have all the trainees, old and new, one mentor, and my executive Fredrik, but also everyone else in the surrounding, open to help and talk about everything, which really drives my development.

 

What are your hobbies or passions outside of work?

I really enjoy technology and innovations, but also sports and nature. I get no better feeling than the one from physical activity or exploring untouched nature, anything from fishing in the north of Sweden to climbing volcanoes in Indonesia. As most others I also enjoy travelling and spending time with friends, colleagues and family.

 

Best experience at Tele2 so far:

Experiencing how fast high-level decisions can be executed throughout an entire organization if I have to mention a single thing. However, it is still an ongoing experience of exciting challenges and amazing people.

 

What is your best career advice for students who are about to start their careers?

Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself with things you have not done before. The more you do the easier it will be to find your place and comfort. With that said, don’t be afraid to ask questions and look for guidance – it will speed up your progress and wont be strange or unfamiliar to anyone you approach. 

 

Contact Tom

tom.akerstrom@tele2.com

Johan Knape, Executive IoT CEO Trainee, Stockholm, Sweden

How did you learn about the Tele2 Executive trainee program?

I heard about the Executive Trainee Program through word-of-mouth basically. Several people had pointed out the Executive Trainee Program at Tele2 as the one to go for. I did my own LinkedIn research and realized it was an amazing fit for my career goals.  

 

What made you decide to apply for the trainee program?

I realized that the Tele2 Executive trainee program really stood out as a top management focused springboard within a fast moving industry. Having the chance to work with top executives at an early stage in your career is a once in a lifetime experience that can greatly affect you career.

 

What made Tele2 stand out from other employers?

After the merger with Com Hem, Tele2 is in a very interesting position where two cultures are merging into one. Seeing that up close is a fantastic opportunity. Moreover, the combination of management and technology gives me a tremendous advantage compared to what many other employers could offer.

 

What did you do before you entered the trainee program?

I have been studying for 6,5 years at 5 different universities worldwide. My majors were in Strategic Management at Lund University and Innovation & Industrial Management at Gothenburg University Schools of Economics, Business & law. I have spent a lot of time at the student union for business students in Lund, LundaEkonomerna, where I was in charge of the introduction week and a board member. I have had internships at L’Oréal, Tetra Pak and EF, but I have also worked at Coop and been a Stevedore at APM terminals. So, you could say that I have been a bit all over the place.

 

What surprised you the most when you started?

The amount of information and trust I was given instantly. Already the first days I was working with top management at Tele2 and felt that I had an important role from the beginning. One could tell that Tele2 is experienced with trainees because I had a clear role and expectations to deliver from day one.

How does your work at Tele2 challenge you?

It is a rapid and everchanging environment that challenge me every day. One day never looks the same and you never know what to expect. Which is so much fun!

 

Describe a typical day at work?

I read up on emails while eating breakfast in the morning. When I come to the office I try to go through the day together with my Executive, being on top of both mine and his/her calendar. Then I tag along to interesting internal or external meetings. I prepare material for important meetings or help other leadership team members with tasks. In the afternoon I hopefully have some time to work on some of my own projects. But as I mentioned before, one day never looks like the other. Tomorrow, I am flying to Riga for example.

 

How does Tele2 support your development?

The Executive Trainee Program creates a structure and foundation for us trainees. Both in terms of the social interactions between the trainees and the insight to various departments of Tele2 through them. The Executive Trainee program also enables you to develop further through mentorships and internal & external educations which helps you in your daily work.

 

What are your hobbies or passions outside of work?

Being an old track athlete, I still try to run and exercise as much as possible. During the winter I love skiing and having moved to Stockholm I am looking forward to try out Hammarbybacken, haha. I also have a nerdy interest when it comes to cars and I have travelled to many different Auto Shows throughout the years.

 

Best experience at Tele2 so far:

It must be being part of tough decisions, heated meetings and see what I have learnt at university being applied in real life… times ten. In other words, every day as a trainee!

 

What is your best career advice for students who are about to start their careers?

Who am I to tell you? (Sometimes I have a hard time realizing I am not a student anymore, haha) I went for it, so should you. Aim high and never think that you are any less than any of your competitors. It is your goal. It is up to you to reach it.

 

 

Having the chance to work with top executives at an early stage in your career is a once in a lifetime experience that can greatly affect you career.

 

Contact Johan

johan.knape@tele2.com

 

Sara Ågren, Executive CIO Trainee, Stockholm, Sweden

 

How did you learn about the Tele2 Executive trainee program?

A friend of mine was part of the program last year, and I was really excited to apply after hearing such good things about it. 

 

What made you decide to apply for the trainee program?

There were multiple reasons, but I primarily decided to apply since it is an unique opportunity to get great insight in a company and to learn from someone in the executive team this early in your career.

 

What made Tele2 stand out from other employers?

Tele2 lives and breathes its values, and truly stands out as a challenger on the telco market. For me, another thing that made Tele2 stand out is that the company is in the middle of the work of merging two great companies into one company. To be a part of this challenging journey is a once in a life time opportunity, which was something that got my attention.

 

What did you do before you entered the trainee program?

I studied Industrial Engineering and Management at Linköping’s University. Right before starting at Tele2 I finished my master thesis at another company in the telecommunication industry.

 

What surprised you the most when you started?

The amount of talented people in this organization, and their willingness to sit down and answer all of my questions. And the amount of excel exercises – good thing that the trainees get a bunch of different training sessions, for example in excel.

 

How does your work at Tele2 challenge you?

At Tele2 you create your own future and there are no set rules for how the trainee role will look like. Therefore, I find it challenging and exciting to find my own path! Every day is really a new day at Tele2, and it can be challenging not knowing what lies ahead.

Describe a typical day at work?

As I mentioned, no day is the other day alike, but almost every day I grab a cup of coffee at the café and then look though my schedule and try to go through my emails to plan for the different tasks I have been assigned. Then I usually meet my executive and go to various meetings during the day. Between and after meetings I work with different projects or ad hoc tasks. Then of course I have lunch or grab a cup of coffee with the other trainees.

 

What are your hobbies or passions outside of work?

When I am not at work I am probably hanging out with friends or family, probably at a nice restaurant - or if I am lucky at a concert. I like listening to live music and really appreciate a nice acoustic tune. Like many I enjoy travelling when I have the opportunity and during the winter I am preferably on a pair of skis.

 

How does Tele2 support your development?

There have been support from various parts of the organization. As a trainee you have almost like a “free pass” where you get the opportunity to meet so many different individuals, and ask them any kind of questions, and they are all engaged in making sure that you get the most value out of your time as a trainee.

 

Best experience at Tele2 so far:

One of the best experiences so far is meeting so many amazing individuals and experiencing the engagement of the people in this organization.

 

What is your best career advice for students who are about to start their careers?

You can do anything! Make your own decisions, dare to take a leap and put yourself in positions where you get to learn as much as possible – it is only the start of your career, you are supposed to learn.

You can do anything! Make your own decisions, dare to take a leap and put yourself in positions where you get to learn as much as possible.

Contact Sara

sara.agren@tele2.com

Tove Arrelid, Executive Trainee EVP Strategy & Business

 

How did you learn about the Tele2 Executive trainee program?

I remember I heard about the program during my first years of studies, and when it was time for me to start applying for jobs, Tele2 was on top of my mind. After reading more and talking to previous trainees, I felt it was the challenge I was looking for.

 

What made you decide to apply for the trainee program?

A trainee program is a once in a lifetime experience that offers a steep learning curve. Working close with an executive for an entire year gives you an overview and understanding of the entire business which will be a great platform also for the next step in my career.

 

What made Tele2 stand out from other employers?

Tele2’s trainee program is well established and I preferred working continuously with one executive rather than rotating every three months or so. Furthermore, the culture and challenger history of Tele2 excited me.

 

What did you do before you entered the trainee program?

In June, I graduated from the Industrial Engineering and Management program at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. During my masters I also enjoyed an exchange semester at Politecnico di Milano in Italy, as well as six months in Germany becoming a sneakers nerd when doing an internship at adidas.

 

What surprised you the most when you started?

It has been less than a year since one of the largest mergers in Swedish history and yet the company feels as one. Of course, there are still many integration projects going on, but I am surprised by the major transformation that has happened while the business is still running.

 

How does your work at Tele2 challenge you?

I am challenged every day! Being involved in several projects in parallel and contributing to the discussions requires that you are up to speed with what’s going on – both in the company and in the market. But being challenged and putting a lot of energy into something comes with great rewards!

Describe a typical day at work?

A great mix of meetings, material p reparation and project workshops. Working with strategy and business development means that we evaluate future business opportunities for Tele2, and that involves a lot of market research, analysis and business case calculations. But no day are the same!

 

How does Tele2 support your development?

My executive and I have set up development goals for me that we follow up on a regular basis. This is valuable to me both to structure my work, but also to make the most out of my trainee-year. The trainee program comes with several trainings and there are opportunities to get involved in whatever you are curious about. If you are proactive, there will be no one hindering you but rather supporting you along the way!

 

 

What are your hobbies or passions outside of work?

My most recent found passion is padel tennis and I love the social yet strategical part of the game. Some of my friends say I spent more time at the court than writing on my master thesis.. It’s so much fun and I recommend everyone to try it! Next week, I am taking my entire team to play :)

 

Best experience at Tele2 so far

I co-hosted a full day workshop for the leadership team of Business Intelligence & Analytics. Since this area has such a strategical importance for Tele2, it was super exciting being a part of shaping the targets and way forward.

 

What is your best career advice for students who are about to start their careers?

Take time to reflect upon yourself, what kind of culture you would like to work in and what kind of tasks and projects that engages you. Visit the companies you are interested in and get a feel for the people working there. If you have your own values clear, it is much easier to sort among what companies you would like to apply for – and you are well prepared for the interview when you know why you have applied in the first place.  

Being challenged and putting a lot of energy into something comes with great rewards!

 

Contact Tove

tove.arrelid@tele2.com

Patrik Johannesson, Executive CFO Trainee

 

How did you learn about the Tele2 Executive trainee program?

I first discovered the Tele2 Executive Trainee Program through the  website https://www.traineeguiden.se, and later attended a recruiting event Tele2 held at my university. During the event, I met current trainees and learned more about the Trainee Program. I left with a great impression of both the company and the people.

 

What made you decide to apply for the trainee program?

I have always been interested in joining a trainee program because it is a great opportunity to accelerate professionally and gain rare experience working closely with an executive. I wanted a unique opportunity to challenge myself and gain greater knowledge of an industry and a department, and thus applied for the trainee program.

 

What made Tele2 stand out from other employers?

What especially stood out to me was Tele2’s ability to challenge existing monopolies within the telecom industry, and appreciated its agile organization. Additionally, I was very impressed by the amount of resources Tele2 invests into the entire trainee program – from meeting with various executives to individualized conversations with current trainees, it was very evident throughout my entire candidate process that Tele2 is very dedicated to its trainees.

 

What did you do before you entered the trainee program?

Before entering the trainee program, I was pursuing my Master’s in Accounting and Finance at Lund University. Prior to my master I was working at an electric car start-up in Lund.

 

What surprised you the most when you started?

What surprised me most was how closely I work with my executive and the extent to which my work makes a direct impact at a high-level at the organization. As a trainee, I have learned the importance of executing various tasks accurately as there is a great deal of responsibility each carries.

 

 

How does your work at Tele2 challenge you?

I am constantly challenged from a great deal of different responsibilities I receive daily, usually on extremely quick timelines. The executives rely on a high standard of work, and it is critical to work hard and understand the company.

 

Describe a typical day at work?        

It is difficult to define a “typical day” since each day varies significantly from the other. However, my main work streams include: 1) working closely with the CFO on various projects and administrating relevant meetings; and 2) working with the broader Finance leadership team and managing work tasks related to other relative departments.

 

How does Tele2 support your development?

Tele2 supports my personal development in many different ways. I have weekly one-on-one meetings with my executive where we go through the important tasks that lie ahead and I have the opportunity to address issues I feel are important. The program also supports me with various education and mentorship opportunities. Additionally, trainees are a small subgroup within the company and serve as another resource I know I can depend on should I have any questions.

 

What are your hobbies or passions outside of work?

I enjoy playing tennis and golf, and also try to go skiing at least once every year. Aside from that, I like to hang out with friends.

 

Best experience at Tele2 so far:

The best experience thus far is working with executives who really listen to you and appreciate your thoughts. As a result, I feel more engaged and energized at work which allows me to perform better.

 

What is your best career advice for students who are about to start their careers?

Be curious and dare to take opportunities! It is easy to distinguish candidates who have educated themselves about a company and the positions they want. Take every opportunity to meet companies you are interested in and take time to prepare prior to meeting them!

With this fast pace I will be able to develop a lot more than I would have anywhere else.

 

Contact Patrik

patrik.johannesson@tele2.com

 

Rebecca Wetterberg, Executive CEO Trainee

 

How did you learn about the Tele2 Executive trainee program?

I was highly motivated to do a traineeship after graduating, so I started last winter to search for different trainee programs. I knew about a few from before, but I found Tele2 at a website in late December and sent in my application early New Year's Eve.  

 

What made you decide to apply for the trainee program?

First and foremost, the job ad caught my interest. It sounded challenging, interesting, and most important unique compared to other companies’. Few trainee programs I know about is structured like Tele2’s. I like being in constant change and to push my limits, so when I realized that no day won’t look the same I was sold.

 

What made Tele2 stand out from other employers?

I felt pretty quick that this was a perfect match. I usually start looking at the values of the organization, as they often work as a guiding star. I like to think – how do I feel about these values and how can I apply them to real-life situations? Looking at the values of Tele2, it became clear that standing still means losing track. The need of constant adaptability and flexibility was appealing and something I’d been looking for when searching for a relevant future employer.

 

What did you do before you entered the trainee program?

I was part of the national team in dance for many years but getting older I wanted to try something completely new. I quit dancing and became an assistant store manager in Oslo and worked there for a couple of years. I then studied 4,5 years at Lund university and 6 months in Sydney. I have a bachelor’s degree in Service Management (specialization in Retail) and a master’s degree in ‘Managing people, knowledge and change’. I’m a restless soul, so parallel to my studies I’ve been highly involved in several student commitments and worked part time as a recruitment assistant and job coach.

 

What surprised you the most when you started?

In my role, I have a few bigger projects throughout the year (e.g. the annual general meeting) and weekly leadership team meetings which I’m responsible for. Additionally, I do follow my Executive on weekly meetings in order to learn and strengthen my understanding about Tele2. That being said, what surprised me the most is that my role is more flexible than I expected and it requires that I take own initiatives.

 

It is a cliché, but no day will ever look the same.

 

How does your work at Tele2 challenge you?

I must say in every single way because I own my development and success. It is up to me how I want to structure my days which can be a bit of a challenge, as every day looks different. Parallel to making sure that my projects are up and running, I constantly need to be ready to quickly adapt to things that will happen in the company this upcoming year. But just to be clear-  this is the exciting part and what makes my position so much fun and interesting! 

 

Describe a typical day at work?

It is a cliché, but no day will ever look the same. Starting a trainee position here, you need to be aware of the fact that there’s no typical days at work here. If you like to have your calendar strictly planned and have everything in control, this isn’t for you.

 

How does Tele2 support your development?

I must say that the trainee program in itself supports my development. How many trainee programs have you heard about where you are allowed to follow and work with an executive on a daily basis? Just being able to participate in meetings with different managers and projects is developing. Additionally, we get trainings in storytelling, leadership skills, time management and more which is beneficial for you both on a professional and personal level.

 

What are your hobbies or passions outside of work?

Being active has been and will always be a big part of my life. It is something I prioritize no matter what in order to stay both happy and productive. Besides that, my biggest passion in life is to travel. It is amazing to gain new perspectives by learning from other cultures, the history of the countries and get new friends all over the world.

 

Best experience at Tele2 so far:

I was invited to join an off-site the whole leadership team was going to. I got to be a part of interesting and exciting workshops and discussions, which made me realize that this job is really something special. Alongside to that, my ambitious trainee colleagues and I have had some fun times together both at and outside work. Even though we’re working with completely different things, you always have their support and someone that share similar experiences. That is highly valuable!

 

What is your best career advice for students who are about to start their careers?

First, be yourself in every situation. Secondly, remember that it is more than OK to do mistakes as long as you learn from it. No one is perfect and everyone has been in this starting career phase that you’re in. If you’re unsure, ask questions to clarify your doubts. Last but not least, always strive for success but don’t forget to stay humble along the way.

Contact Rebecca

rebecca.wetterberg@tele2.com

 

 

Eric Lindberg, Executive Trainee EVP Sweden Consumer

 

How did you learn about the Tele2 Executive trainee program?

Through the marketing done in several channels. In addition, the assessment day was a great opportunity to learn about the trainee program in depth.

 

What made you decide to apply for the trainee program?

I really liked the Tele2 story and how the trainee program is structured. This combination was simply too exciting to miss out on.

 

What made Tele2 stand out from other employers?

Again, I think Tele2’s history of being a challenger is very appealing. Also, the speed in which the organization moves forward is incredible. I really enjoy being part of the journey! 

 

What did you do before you entered the trainee program?

I studied business and economics in Lund for three years. Then I moved to Copenhagen where I studied for my master’s degree at CBS. In Copenhagen I also worked part time at a trading house specialized in agricultural commodity trading. 

 

What surprised you the most when you started?

The amount of responsibility and trust you get from day one. There is just no time for a “soft” start.

 

How does your work at Tele2 challenge you?

In many ways! As you are given a lot of responsibility, you never know what is around the corner. As a pleasant consequence of this I am seldom in my comfort zone.

 

As you are given a lot of responsibility, you never know what is around the corner. As a pleasant consequence of this I am seldom in my comfort zone. 

 

Describe a typical day at work?

There are usually lots of meetings that I can attend with my executive. I also spend much time in PowerPoint, various projects, and admin.

 

How does Tele2 support your development?

We go through several training sessions during our trainee year, such as presentation skills and time management. We are also assigned internal mentors who support us in our work. All mentors are former Tele2 trainees, why they can give current trainees good advice. Importantly, the great amount of guidance, feedback, and support I receive from my executive is really boosting my development.

 

What are your hobbies or passions outside of work?

I like to be out in the nature, a lot! Hunting, hiking, biking, skiing...   

 

Best experience at Tele2 so far:

To get insight into several ongoing projects! For example, following the work related to the launch of Tele2’s mobile family offering was very interesting.

 

What is your best career advice for students who are about to start their careers?

I believe it is important to be able to feel a connection with the company’s culture. If you can identify with a company’s values, the chance of finding the right fit is probably greater than if you would find yourself in the opposite position. 

Contact Eric

eric.lindberg@tele2.com

 

Linnea Andersson, Executive CTO Trainee

 

How did you learn about the Tele2 Executive trainee program?

I first heard of the Trainee program from a girl I know who was a Trainee at Tele2 a few years ago, and I have had my eyes on the program since then.

 

What made you decide to apply for the trainee program?

I had my aim set on being part of a Trainee program, and I thought that the Tele2 program really stood out from other similar programs. I mean, how many get the chance to learn from and closely work together with a top level executive the first thing they do after graduating?

What made Tele2 stand out from other employers?

I early felt that Tele2 had a challenger attitude and culture, which felt super inspiring.  Furthermore, I got a very good impression of Tele2 during the recruitment period, it was clear that the company really invested in the Trainee program and was engaged in finding the right candidates for the job.

 

What did you do before you entered the trainee program?

I graduated from Chalmers University of Technology in June where I have a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management. During my years at university I was very involved in the student life, did two exchange semesters in Taiwan and studied at UC Berkeley during a summer. Apart from that, I have done an internship at Nike and worked as a Customer Support Agent at Telia (.. before I realized which Telco that is actually the best one!).

 

What surprised you the most when you started?

I was really surprised how fast I got included in different projects and got trusted to take on responsibilities on my own.

 

It's important to pause and reflect on what it is that you really want and what motivates you.

 

How does your work at Tele2 challenge you?

During my week at Tele2, my executive asked me if I wanted to take lead in a project. After that, I have been working outside of my comfort zone several times. However, there are always people there to support you when you need it!

Describe a typical day at work?

I usually start the day with catching up on e-mails and after that my days can look very differently. However,  most days involve following my executive to meetings, participate in meetings for different projects and preparing material in Excel or PowerPoint. One day I even got to followed a Field Service Technician all over Stockholm to get an introduction to our network structure – so the days definitely vary a lot!
 

How does Tele2 support your development?

I get a lot of support from my executive who is very helpful and always takes time to answer my several questions. In addition to that, I have appreciated the one day training sessions we have had in PowerPoint and Excel, and I really look forward to the trainings we will have in presentation skills and storytelling!

 

What are your hobbies or passions outside of work?

I really enjoy kayaking and tour skating. I am also a true podcast addict and I never leave my apartment without headphones!


Best experience at Tele2 so far: 

It’s hard to mention one. But one of the most exciting experiences so far has been to participate in strategic 5G meetings with my executive, our CEO and a bunch of other managers. It is very interesting to see how decisions, strategy and discussions take place at that level!

 

What is your best career advice for students who are about to start their careers?

It can be easy to get overly influenced by people in your class or close surrounding. Therefore, I think it is important to pause and reflect on what it is that you really want and what motivates you. Also, dare to ask the questions!

Contact Linnea

linnea.andersson@tele2.com