Launching day


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Hi again everyone!

We have just started our third project and after two projects within the food sector (Cerealia and Unibake), I am now working on a project within Swecon, which is the construction equipment reseller of Volvo’s machines. Swecon is in the development process on a webb-app, called mySwecon, where customers will be able to get an overview of their machine fleet, book services and much more. The launching of this app is TODAY- really exciting to be part of a project where so much is happening! One part of my project is to research further functions to include in this webb-app. Next week we are going to the world’s biggest fair, Bauma in Munich, to promote mySwecon and see what the competitors are up to.

Swecon in Eskilstuna
Volvo construction equipment in Eskilstuna

So what I done since last time we talked in our neighbor-country Copenhagen? I have been working for Unibake International, the global headquarter of Unibake, where I worked on a health and nutrition concept. During the last couple of years, we have seen a trend raising in the area of health, and there are people excluding bread from their diet because bread are seen to be unhealthy. However, if a bread is unhealthy or healthy depends on the bread, there are a lot of bread that is high in fiber and wholegrain for example. As a leading bakery, of course, we want to emphasize this, so my project was to research what does our healthy portfolio look like and how should we communicate it. I also got to see a lot of the organization, for example on the picture below I joined my instructor at a workshop with the Danish organization, in Holstebro. The workshop was about how we could work to decrease the complexity in the production, but we also had some tasting activities.

Tasting of bread in Holstebro
During our time in Copenhagen, we tried to implement a fika culture. This is our last day – I think we succeeded quite well 🙂

I also want to share a picture from our recharge in Norrköping. During this recharge we got the opportunity to visit Lantmännen Agroetanol, which is the largest biorefinery in the Nordic region. We got to learn how they produce etanol and carbonic acid from waste of the food industry.  We were also introduced to upcoming plans for Agroetanol, and they are truly a great example of a company emphasizing circular economy.

The trainee team in Norrköping

Wishing you all a great day!

/Lovisa

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Början av slutet


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Nu har den sista fasen av traineeprogrammet kommit igång och för mig innebär det en tolv veckors praktikperiod hos Jorden team UTV3 tillsammans med min trainee-kollega Sebastian. Medan jag skriver detta är teamet ganska stort (närmare bestämt cirka 10 personer), men under denna vecka så avvecklar tre kollegor från Jordbruksverket. Det ska bli smått skrämmande men även intressant att se hur teamet påverkas av förändringarna. Som de flesta kanske redan vet så förväntas man ofta som utvecklingsteam att producera ett förutbestämt värde inom en viss tid (dvs under en så kallad sprint). Dock har jag svårt att se att man har kunnat ge en rättvis uppskattning av producerad kundnytta för denna period, dels pga att vissa ska sluta och dels pga att två traineer har tillkommit. Jorden jobbar nämligen med tre veckors sprintar, och det är knappt en vecka kvar av den nuvarande sprinten. Jag hoppas innerligt att vi kommer att kunna prestera väl trots omständigheterna.

Utöver detta så har min tid hos Jorden rullat på som vanligt med möten, samt tid för utveckling i de aktuella projekten. Två gånger i veckan sitter vi och mobb-programmerar tillsammans med fokus på att förbättra kodkvalitet, vilket är min favorittid i veckan. Det är väldigt lärorikt, utmanande och framförallt roligt! I måndags var det dessutom våffeldagen och det firades med våfflor i ett av fikarummen. Jordbruksverkets personalklubb gjorde ett enastående jobb och serverade våfflor för en billig peng. Det var mycket gott!

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SEALS


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I Fredags avslutades den tredje och sista praktikperioden och i måndags påbörjades den tolv veckor långa provperioden då vi skall provjobba i ett team. Och nu är jag i team Seals!

Jag har hittills fått en fullstack uppgift att göra, vilket har lärt mig mycket mer om JSF.

Precis som Rickard skrev för några veckor sedan i sitt blogginlägg om SEALS så är det ett härligt, hjälpsamt gäng.

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Rain, red brick houses and fitted carpets, guess where I am…?


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…In northern England, more precisely in a small town called Darlington. My name is Caroline Lilja,  I’m a Global Trainee within Sourcing, and I moved here a week ago to start my second rotation in the UK Sourcing team. Very exciting!

The last few weeks have been a lot about meeting new people and traveling. I have been in Germany for our second Training Module and as mentioned, I just moved to the UK for my second rotation.

Training Module in Germany

As you might know, between each rotation, we have a training week in one of Husqvarna Group’s main sites. This time we got to visit Ulm, Gardena’s headquarter. The module typically consists of a lot of interesting presentations from different areas within the company performed by senior managers, former trainees and other amazing colleagues. The week in Ulm also offered some practical exercises like Lego simulation, project management training and, last but not least, nice food and great company! The top two things during the week was according to me, the LEGO simulation and the cooking event. The LEGO simulation is a fun activity about continues improvements and we as a group did really well! It’s so much fun to work with bright and driven people! We also got the opportunity to challenge our ability to cooperate when we, one night, attended a cooking class. We were supposed to cook a three-course dinner for 15 people… But honestly speaking, I think the real chef cooked all the food and we just messed around in the kitchen ;).

Happy team after the LEGO simulation!
Dinner with my boys!
Cooking event in Ulm!

Second rotation in the UK

After the week in Ulm, I did a quick touch down in Sweden to finish up some work and then I went straight to the UK for my second rotation. In the UK we make, according to me, our coolest product. The robotic lawnmower! And wow! The UK office have really welcomed me and from day 1, I’ve felt like I’m a part of the team. Of course, it is a bit overwhelming to move to a new country, leaving the safe ground in Sweden to explore something new. But that really triggers me, and I think it’s good to step outside your comfort zone from time to time to experience new sides of yourself. Sometimes you just have to throw yourself into the unknown and see what happens. To wrap up my first week in the UK, I went out for a typical British pub crawl with my fantastic colleagues from the office, see picture below.

Pub crawl in Durham

Professional skills and personal development

For me the trainee program is not just a great opportunity to develop my professional skills, I also get the possibility to travel around the world to learn from different cultures and to meet great new friends! This program gives me an opportunity to grow as a person and to step outside my comfort zone. Husqvarna Group is a company that understands how important it is for people to grow, not just professionally but as an individual. I’m so glad that I got this amazing opportunity.

Until next time, take care :)!

Regards,

Caroline

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Exploring new territories, finance at Cerealia!


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Hi best blog-followers!

This period I’m positioned at Cerealia within their finance department, which has been really interesting for me since I where more or less clueless about what actually goes on in a finance department. My project is about facilitating the move to the new organisational structure for Cerealia by establishing new monthly reporting material. Now, with a few weeks left of this assignment I can start to condlude my learnings and it’s been a very insightful and interesting time, giving me an holistic view of the organization, much thanks to the nature of the project. Because, to be able to put together this reporting material that is expected to cover large parts of the organisation, it have forced me to explore and understand many unfamiliar territories. So basically the essence of the trainee program! 🙂

As told in the previous post, a whopping 78% (or exactly 7/9 for those that prefer) were able to sync their calenders and take a weekend to Sälen. A few days packed with skiing, sauna, afterski etc etc teambuilded our group even stronger and we left with a big smile on our faces. And maybe some aches in our aging muscles, 1/1 (100%) worth it!

Almost whole crew lined up before another unforgettable ride in the slopes

Also, Johan left last post with a big cliffhanger, promising pictures from an epic squash game. Unfortunately, all I can offer is an anticlimax since the game was postponed due to a striking knee (not ski related). However, might be for the best not to test that teambuilding too soon 😉 Instead I will leave you with a picture from this week’s dinner at Vanessa’s!

Indonesian dinner. Good food – Great company!

Next time you hear from me I’ll be in Finland looking into the agriculture business, talk to you then!

/Hugo

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Praktik i Jorden


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Hej,

Jag gör nu min praktik i ett av systemet Jordens utvecklingsteam, nämligen UTV3, där jag suttit de senaste 3 veckorna. Det är spännande att få praktisera i det största och mest omtalade systemet här på Jordbruksverket och man börjar känna att man lärt sig mycket under tiden här som Trainee på IT-avdelning.

Snart dags för den längre praktikperioden inför Traineeprogrammets sista del och vi Traineer går och väntar med spänning på var vi skall bli placerade!

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Min andra vecka i Atlas


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Hej!

Nu är vi ju inne i vår tredje praktikperiod och jag är placerad i Atlas, där även mina traineekollegor Rickard, Sebastian och Ingela även suttit de tidigare perioderna. Atlas-teamet är ett otroligt härligt team med en go’ stämning och uppgifterna känns varierande här. Det är ju lite speciellt att på ganska kort tid sätta sig in i nya system och rutiner, men det är otroligt lärorikt och jag känner att saker börja falla lite på sin plats nu även här i Atlas! 🙂 Atlas är ett av de största systemen här och jobbar ganska mycket mot Jorden. Jorden har ju hand om handläggningar av jordbrukarstöd, medan Atlas hanterar kontroller av lantbrukare/lantbruksföretag.

Som Nora skrev förra veckan så börjar det lida mot att vi ska ge önskemål om vilket team vi skulle vilja jobba i framöver. Den här veckan har vi fått en lista på de team som kommer att ta emot oss för våra tre sista månader som traineer. Bland dessa team får vi då alltså önska var vi vill hamna och sen spelar mycket annat in kring hur vi blir placerade. Jag håller med Nora om att det är oerhört spännande det här! Det snurrar ju väldigt mycket tankar nu kring den här sista trainee-perioden och man får tänka till lite i sina önskningar, vad som är viktigt för en och så vidare. Jag tror att det kommer bli riktigt bra oavsett var jag hamnar, men jag har såklart några favoriter på listan! 😀

Det ska bli kul att få vara så länge i ett och samma team och förhoppningen är ju även då att det ska landa i en vidareanställning i just det teamet sen. Planen är att vi ska få veta var vi blir placerade fredag vecka 10 och sen börjar vi i de nya teamen måndag vecka 12. Spännande!

Marknadsföringen för nästa omgång av traineeprogrammet är i full gång och jag rekommenderar er verkligen att söka om ni tycker att det vi håller på med verkar intressant! Läs mer på: https://www.jordbruksverket.se/trainee?utm_source=MalinUlfenborg&utm_campaign=Klicktoppen

Ha en fin helg, så hörs vi igen!

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SKF Global Graduate – the growing never ceases


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What’s up, TraineeBloggen?

My name is Morris Tong, part of SKF Global Graduate Programme of Wave 3. I have a background in mechanical engineering. And I am from Shanghai. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to kick off the wonderful journey in September last year with other fellow graduates. And I am very glad to tell you about my journey so far and share some insights toward this program.

All of wave 3 enjoying the lunch together

The Program started in September last year, soon after I joined SKF. I could easily recall how excited and thrilled I was back then. The introduction month in Gothenburg was sensational. Not only did I get the chance to meet other graduates from all over the world, but the nice overview of the whole corporation. That month was so well organized that I also got the chance to meet those cool guys from wave 2, from whom I got multiple valuable advice on rotations. The diversity of our wave impressed me most. We come from different parts of the world with different backgrounds no matter in culture or in major. It is always interesting to learn different things or see things differently by collaborating with them.

The first 5-month rotation started right after the introduction month was over. I am currently working in my home unit as part of Product Line Management team. Soon after I came back, I was assigned to be the project manager to take charge of the development of a new ball bearing by my manager. To be honest, the pressure was a little bit overwhelming and the project was also challenging to me in the very beginning. However, one of the best things of this program was the connection with other graduates and my own mentor. We could share our concerns, discuss our problems with each other. Also, my mentor gave lots of ideas on how to run the projects. Now, the project is ongoing well. The factory is producing the samples. Once they are done, we will deliver them to our customer for the validation test. My first rotation is coming to an end. Looking back at the past five months, I tried to make small progress every day, even though sometimes they just turned out to be baby steps. And now I have got a better understanding of both product knowledge and project process.


Head office of SKF China, where I work everyday for my first rotation.

Next month, all of us will gather together in Gothenburg again. I’m looking forward to seeing them. My next rotation will be in France. Although the first rotation in my home city was enjoyable, I am now super excited to come out of my comfort zone and explore more. It’s going to be another challenge. And it’s the challenge that let you push forward. Thus, it’s a process of growing that never ceases.

Morris

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Lika men olika


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Mycket har skett sedan senaste gången jag bloggade. Jag har varit på tre väldigt olika, men också väldigt roliga praktikplatser under snart tre månader. Första perioden var hos Jorden team UTV3 där de jobbar med delar av ett enda stort och relativt nytt system. Därefter hamnade jag hos ICC som har hand om integrationer mellan system, samt underhåller flertalet mindre och äldre system. Under min tredje och sista praktikperiod befinner jag mig hos Team Seals som förvaltar många mindre och äldre system. Samtliga team består av ett gäng härliga människor som har varit mycket varmt välkomnande och hjälpsamma.

Något som alla team i just mitt fall har haft gemensamt är att deras system berör varandra på ett eller annat sätt. Trots att det finns beroenden mellan de olika teamen så förekommer det ändå markanta skillnader i arbetsprocesser och tekniker. Tack vare traineeprogrammets praktikperioder får vi chansen att skapa en uppfattning om vilka arbetssätt vi föredrar att jobba med, samt att vi får knyta kontakter med personer som ansvarar för olika system. När vi väl blir placerade i varsitt team på heltid så kommer det att vara guld värt att ha relevanta kontaktpersoner om det skulle uppstå problem med integrerande system. Det blir nämligen enklare om man jobbar tillsammans!

Om knappt två veckor kommer vi traineer att ge önskemål på team vi skulle vilja jobba med på heltid. Det är oerhört spännande eftersom det kommer att avgöra vad vi sysslar med under den närmsta tiden. Jag håller tummarna för att både vi traineer och respektive team blir nöjda med placeringarna. Önska oss lycka till!

Jordbruksverkets vision

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Passionate Gardeners everywhere!


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Hi, readers!

Now it’s my turn to write about the Husqvarna Group’s Global Trainee Program. My name is Stefan Kessler and I am the Global Trainee in sales. I joined Husqvarna Group after finishing my masters in Industrial Engineering and Management at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Nuremberg-Erlangen, Germany.

My first assignment in GARDENA’s online business team

The Global Trainee Program consists of four 6-month assignments in different teams, divisions and even countries, giving each of us the opportunity to experience the diversity of the Group. During my first assignment I have been a member of the online business & new channel sales team of the GARDENA division in Ulm, Germany. As one of three divisions within the Husqvarna Group, GARDENA is focusing on the needs of passionate gardeners by offering a wide range of gardening products like watering systems, garden tools, robotics or pumps.

The team is maintaining & developing our relationships with our e-commerce customers in Germany. Furthermore it is constantly identifying new sales opportunities beyond the traditional sales channels, like food retailing or loyalty programs. Therefore, I was able to gain valuable insights into the daily work of an account manager and got a good understanding of our brand and its awareness in the markets. My personal highlights during my first assignment were following:

  •  Customer visit at one of our large e-commerce accounts in Germany   
  • A successful new customer acquisition 
  • Being involved in the development of a new sales strategy for the German market

Moreover I had the opportunity to participate in a sales conference for all sales & district managers of the German, Austrian and Swiss market. During that week new products for the garden season were presented and product testing & workshops took place. Besides the attractive agenda, the event was for me a chance to become familiar with the sales organization of GARDENA and the people behind it.

Training Modules between assignments

What’s really remarkable for the Global Trainee Program are the training modules between our assignments. During the two years we are going to visit all major sites of the Group in Sweden, Germany, the US and China. Besides the fact that you meet your trainee colleagues, the training modules give you the chance to broaden and deepen your perspectives and understanding of the Group.

Testing the chainsaws during our first training module in Huskvarna

We started with the first module in Sweden visiting the head office in Stockholm, the home base in Huskvarna and the Construction division in Jonsered. What I really enjoyed was the warm welcome and openness of the colleagues (from factory workers to vice presidents), sharing their experience with us.

Therefore I am really looking forward to my trainee journey and my development within the group. My next assignment will lead me to a country, where hover mowers are really popular. To give a hint: It’s the motherland of football & gardening. 😉

Stay tuned

Until next time!

Stefan

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