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Since this is my blog-debut I will, in coherence with decent manners, introduce myself. As the header above may reveal, my name is Marcus Hedman. I am originally from Umeå in the north of Sweden. Not as north as they come, but still pretty cold. I began my bachelor studies at BI Norwegian School of Management (Handelsøyskolen BI) in Oslo where I studied international marketing for 3 years including one full year at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. I then fulfilled a M.Sc. in what now is called International Management. This included one year in Oslo and one year with more economical and financial studies at ESCP-Europe in Paris, France.

This little cocktail led my to this – Vattenfall’s international trainee program, which I now am half way of completing. Actually feels a bit sad to say. The latter part, that is.

My first six month has been rather hectic, full of information and so much fun. My colleague Johanna Häägg has already described our first seminar weeks, so I will spare you the details and give you the short version:

1st week: Stockholm, Älvkarleby and Forsmark with visits to hydro- and nuclear plants.
2nd week: Berlin, Lübbenau and Cottbus with visits to a CCS plant (carbon capture and storage) and a lignite mine.
3rd week: Warsaw with a visit to a CHP plant (combined heat and power).

Besides the producing part of the value chain, we have also undergone management training and teambuilding, visited other offices, visited external companies, etcetera etcetera. On top of this I have had the opportunity to get to know my fellow trainee colleagues from Finalnd, Poland, Germany, Holland and Ireland.

Aside from the trainee program I am hired as a business analyst at “product and pricing” within sales. Me and my colleagues here are involved in product development, product management and pricing. Right up my alley.

I have also done an “assignment” connected to the trainee program where I spent two months in Asset Optimisation and Trading, a great opportunity to get to know the organization.

I could go on for hours, but I will spare you guys and stop here for a while. But please let me know what you would like to know about Vattenfall, the trainee program, or just life in general.

I once heard that a blog is as good as its update frequency. Not really, just made that up. But nevertheless, I will try to keep a good flow of information coming your way.

Stay tuned.