The absolute best thing with the trainee program is the opportunity to see different sides of Scania and also work in several groups all over the company. At the same time comes the worst thing: all the goodbyes. Normally, when working in Södertälje, the distances are not longer than one easily can stop by and say hello or have lunch with the old colleagues. Unfortunately, the distance to Scania Österreich is a bit longer than the distance between R&D and Purchasing.
I have been working with a project in the area of service sales. Together with my boss and other colleagues, I have been trying to see how different functions within the sales personnel can be developed and how we can create a more efficient sales structure. Needless to say that it was a very interesting project! It included several meetings with people that worked with service, a lot of reading, some data analysis and very valuable workshop visits.
It also included a lot of frustration over language barriers (but as my German/Austrian got better, the barriers were smaller), data systems and other stuff. But most, it included many laughs at the office, thousands and thousands of answers from my nice colleagues of all my questions and a couple of funny adventures. (One night it also included complete humiliation when Austria won a football game, but I think/hope that moment is forgotten by now). To sum it up, I have had a great time here and I am very thankful to my colleagues for that.
When looking back at my time here, I also remember one of the reasons that I choosed to apply to Scanias’ trainee program. It’s the culture of Scania. The culture that includes new people, the culture of answering those thousands of questions and the culture that gives people challenges but also support.
Well, it is time to clean up the desk, give back phone, key and other stuff and slowly start to head to the airport.
Auf Wiedersehen liebe Kollegen und Kolleginnen!