Veronica Jansson, Executive Trainee EVP Sweden Consumer
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!