The Life of Maja


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After a brief introduction in our first post it’s now time for me to introduce myself a bit further. My name is Maja Larsdotter and I grew up in Umeå in the north part of Sweden, but I have lived in Gothenburg during my teens. I have studied at Stockholm School of Economics but wouldn’t say that I have the typical banking background since my bachelor’s degree was within Retail Management and I took my master’s degree in Media and Marketing Management.

So what do I then do at a bank? I work at the division called Life and Investment Management, with a focus towards Life, our Pension and Insurance business. I will not bore you too much by talking about pensions and insurance (that actually are rather interesting), but instead I’ll try to briefly explain what I actually do. My home department is Sales Development and it can be simply described as the link between our sales force/channels and the development of our offerings. Therefore we are involved in a wide range of different projects, which makes the work both continuously changing and challenging. Apart from the fact that I truly enjoy what we do, I also work within a great team and have amazing colleagues.

A good thing to know is that one of the trainee positions for this year is within my team and if you are one of those who have applied for it – you have made a great choice and the best of luck! And of course don’t hesitate to ask me if you have any questions.

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Introducing… Queen of Cards!


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To those of you who missed the very first blogpost – this is my new nickname. Whenever I am not called Queen of Cards (which is never really), I go by the name Elin Glansén. I’m 24 y/o, born and raised in Borås, more commonly known as the rainiest city in Sweden. I moved up to Stockholm end of August last year, in other words I am quite new to the capital! I have a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering with specialization in International Business Engineering from Boras University, and a M.Sc. in Management and Economics of Innovation from Chalmers University of Technology.

I were recruited to SEBs international trainee program fresh out of school, and am now part of a dream-team who work with Strategic Development at SEB Kort. If you ever can love a job, lets just say that I am head over heels. The backside of that is that I could go on rambling forever about all sort of stuff related to what we do. But I figure that everyone are not as into payments as I am, so I will try to spare you and just tell you in brief about the areas for which we are responsible. To keep it very simple, you can say that the purpose of my department is to focus on what’s to come, rather than what is. To exemplify, this includes identifying, monitoring and evaluating payment and technology trends, new markets and non-existing services. In a team of 6, we propose upon a long term strategic roadmap, run proof-of-concepts, provide recommended strategic direction etc. Now how cool is that?! It’s not just what we do, it’s how we do it. A team of professionals, all passionate about what they do and more than willing to jump in and brainstorm new ideas. Absolutely diverging from the stereotypical perspective on banking culture.

I look forward to continue and share my experiences throughout the year. And if you have any questions or thoughts you want to discuss, don’t hesitate to contact me! A dialogue is always more fun than a monologue.

Friendly reminder, it’s the last day of applying to the trainee program. If you haven’t done it yet, then get your butt out of that chair and get to work!

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Yeeepp…my name is Honey and yes you spell it that way!!


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HEY HEY !

My name is Honey Shahraki and I will be one of this year’s trainee bloggers. I graduated 2015 with a M.Sc. degree in Business and Economics at Uppsala University. Before starting SEB’s International Trainee Programme, I worked for approximately one year as a Business Developer and Executive Assistant.

My home unit is part of the Corporate and Private Customers (C&PC) division and is under the business area Savings. Within my role I will primarily work strategically with developing our current and future customer offerings. The core of the work that we do at Savings is to provide our customers with the right preconditions in order for them to achieve their goals and dreams – today and tomorrow.

I look forward to share how it is to be a trainee at SEB and hope that you will see how awesome and fun it is! 

All the best!! 🙂

/H

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Introducing the Big Boss


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Buongiorno!

My name is Stefan Stanica and as you might know I will be one of the trainee bloggers this year. Short about me; I’m born and raised in Skåne in a “huge” town called Kristianstad. I have studied Industrial Management and Innovation Management at KTH and started the SEB International Trainee Programme directly after graduation.

So, what am I actually doing as a trainee?

I work within the division Large Corporates and Financial Institutions (LC&FI) in a unit called Client Account Management (CAM) as a project manager. My unit works mainly with the credit process for Large Corporates and Financial Institutions but also with regulations and digitalization.

I look forward to share my experiences during the trainee year with you guys and if you have any questions or thoughts do not hesitate to leave a comment.

Ciao!

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Here comes SEB


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We are finally writing our first post for Traineebloggen, after having worked at SEB for 4 months and recovered from New Years. We thought it would be great to share our experiences with all of you whom are currently thinking of applying for a trainee program and maybe even our future colleagues.

Currently behind the keyboard are Maja Larsdotter and Jonathan Roos. We have been given the honor to introduce SEB’s trainee program and our fellow trainee bloggers.

Firstly, short and sweet about the trainee program. It spans over a one year period, where we spend 1/3 of our time at our home department, 1/3 at common training weeks with all trainees as well as doing individual courses and 1/3 of our time we visit different parts of the bank that are of interest to us. We are 25 trainees this year, almost all of which are in different teams around the bank. Fun fact about this year’s trainee group, 40% of us are engineers, a not well known but increasing trend. We are spread out over SEBs home markets. This year two trainees are located in Finland, two in Germany, three in Norway and 18 in Sweden. At the end of our trainee year we will all have visited our offices in Frankfurt, Helsinki, Oslo, Vilnius and one country that is of special interest to our individual department. Some of us may even have visited more countries. We have been given a great opportunity to understand how a bank actually functions and focus on our personal development.

Now, moving on to our seven wonderful bloggers whom will introduce themselves further in future posts. We have our designer, Niklas Fast, whose home department is Digital Banking and has studied at Hyper Island. Mr. Payments, Christian Bergqvist, whom is an engineer from KTH, currently focusing on the new Payment Service Directive. Honey Shahraki who stole our hearts but saves our money, she is from savings and has studied Business and Economics. Elin Glansén, the queen of cards, she’s an engineer from the west coast currently working with strategy at SEB Card. Big boss Stefan Stanica whom is working at Client Account Management with change management. He has a background from KTH. And now to the crème de la crème, Maja works with sales development at Life (our pensions and insurance department) and Jonathan works with business development of household mortgages. We have both studied at the Stockholm School of Economics.

In the coming weeks we will post around twice a week, sharing all the experiences we have had in this short but busy period at SEB and the rest of the year. We hope to give you a good insight into what we actually do as trainees at SEB.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to use the comment field below.

Until next time,

Maja and Jonathan

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