Michelle Fee Maier, Executive Trainee EVP Sweden Business
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.
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!
Tele2 has a very informal and open culture. You want to have a coffee by the Starbucks machine with the CEO? No problem.