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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Back in Stockholm!


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Hi blog!

Finally it is my (Johan’s) turn again to write a blog post. Currently, I am positioned at Group Business Control in Stockholm. Here, I have a project connected to the follow-up process of the larger investments that take place within the group every year. Given my background in accounting and finance, this project is a little bit more within my comfort zone. It is also great to be back in Stockholm since it is easier to hang out with friends and family compared to when I lived in Copenhagen during the autumn (even though I really enjoyed living in Copenhagen 🙂 ).

A fun thing about the trainee program, except from the great experience you get from working in different parts of an organization with completely different projects, is that we as a trainee group have so much fun together. We try to have AWs, do sport activities and similar together. For instance, Hugo and I have started doing a sport activity once a week, usually squash or badminton. And currently, we are sitting in a car heading to Sälen for some skiing during the weekend! Hugo will show you some pictures from the squash games and the ski trip in his next blog post.

A quick stop at Moa’s family home for some hot chocolate on our way to Sälen!

I have also started to think about the last two positions. For the first two positions, we couldn’t really influence in which part of the organization we were placed. One of them should be within the comfort zone and one outside the comfort zone (mostly connected to our studies and earlier work experience). However, for the last two positions, we have much more possibility to control in which direction we want to go. For instance if we want to be positioned abroad (and then in which country) or if we have more specific work related desires, e.g. marketing or just a certain business unit.

In my case, I have not been at Cerealia, where the brands such as AXA, Kungsörnen and GoGreen are included. At the same time, I wanted to do another project abroad and then I heard that Cerealia has two offices (one main office and one production plant) in Kiev, Ukraine. I have not visited Ukraine before, and from what I have heard, many people in Ukraine hardly speak English. So I believe this project will be challenging in a new way, besides just a new project in a new country. But I see it as a really exciting challenge, and I am sure it will be a great experience bringing a lot of joy. Kiev is apparently the third greenest capital in Europe, so I look forward to some great running in the parks and along the river.

Talk to you soon again!

/Johan

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SISTA VECKAN I PoV


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Hej på er!

Så var det dags att lämna teamet PoV efter fem veckor. Det känns lite vemodigt att lämna en miljö som precis börjat kännas invand. Jag kan gå ifrån min praktik i PoV och känna mig mycket mer bekväm i Angular och Javascript än när jag kom för fem veckor sedan men även att anropa en REST-tjänst och göra en Query mot databasen. Jag har faktiskt fått ett kvitto på att det mesta som jag lärde mig i första praktiken sitter i och det blir mycket intressant att få veta vad som väntar mig i tredje och sista praktiken i ett av systemet Jordens utvecklingsteam.

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Praktik SEALS


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Jag har dom senaste fyra veckorna varit placerad i teamet SEALS. Det har varit en kul och lärorik period. Uppgifterna har bestått mest av kodande i Java samt en del frontendutveckling i JSF.

Jag har även fått prova på att göra driftdataändringar med hjälp av flyway-script och eventhandlers vilket var spännande.

I Torsdags var jag på STARK-mässan i Borås för att representera Jordbruksverkets IT-avdelning och prata om trainee-programmet.

Nu är det dags för sista veckan på andra praktiktillfället och sen är det dags att flytta till ett nytt team. Spännande!

Hej så länge!

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Tredje praktikveckan i Atlas


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Nu har den tredje veckan i den andra praktikperioden passerat. Jag och min trainee-kollega Sebastian sitter i Atlas den här perioden. Atlas är ett system som används för att hantera fältkontroller avseende EU-stöd och nationella stöd inom jordbrukssektorn.

Under tiden här har vi fått vara med på daily scrum-möten, sprintplanering, retro och demos, vilket har varit intressant och lärorikt.

Vi har mest suttit med att implementera funktioner för att kunna avsluta eller annullera flera kontroller samtidigt, vilket har varit utmanande eftersom AngularJS är ganska nytt för oss båda två, men som tur är har vi fått god hjälp av de andra i teamet, även när det gäller att sätta upp systemet och att implementera funktioner i backend.

Vi fortsätter med samma uppgift denna vecka, och kommer även att få pröva på mobb-programmering tillsammans med Team 3 i Jorden.

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