My name is Matilda and I am a participator in Vattenfall International Trainee program. In this first entry, I will tell you some about myself, the trainee program and the work that I do.

I am 25 years old and was born in Landvetter outside Gothenburg. I have always liked the nature and in my spare time I like to do all kind of outdoor life like kayaking, hiking in the mountains or just strolling in the forests with some friends. When I was 19 I went to Scotland where I studied and worked as an Au pair. After half a year filled with bagpipes, Loch Ness Monsters and whiskey I came back to Sweden and began my studies in chemical engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. It was a great time full of laughs, friends, farcical funs and of course studying. I chose a master called Sustainable Energy System, which gave me a wide knowledge about the energy sector. During my last semester I chose a couple of courses within nuclear engineering and finished my studies by doing my master thesis within radioactive waste management at Ringhals nuclear power plant.

Last autumn I started as a trainee in Vattenfall International Trainee program. The program runs for twelve months and consists of six weeks of seminars together with the other trainees from the program and approximately four months of assignments somewhere within the Vattenfall organization. During the seminar weeks we get a good mixture of for example technology, knowledge about Vattenfall, visits to power plants, energy facts and management and you can really feel that they invest a lot in us.

When you apply to the program you apply to a special position that is already connected to one of Vattenfalls offices or plants. My position is called Nuclear engineering and I work at the technical department at Ringhals reactor unit 3 and 4. At my department we mostly work with a special document called Safety Analysis Report, SAR. This document describes how to ensure that the nuclear power plant is safe. Our responsibility is to make sure that this document describes what the power plant looks like and that we follow the current legislation. My work is associated with a broad assortment of many different technologies.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the program or the work that I do.