Meet Victor

Victor Bernhardsson, Executive Trainee EVP Strategy & Business

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.

- Victor Bernhardsson, Executive Trainee EVP Strategy & Business