We Scania trainees from 2015 had our final week as trainees in the end of November last year. The trainee program ended with one last seminar week, in which we learned more about Scanias “Service Delivery Process”. The week was filled with different lectures and we even had two study visits, one at Nobina in Stockholm, the largest bus transport group in the Nordic region, and the other one at Sjöräddningssällskapet, the Swedish Sea Rescue Society at Dalarö. We spent our last night as trainees at Nynäs Havsbad Hotel in Nynäshamn, before Kent Conradson, Executive Vice President and Head of Human Resources, handed a diploma to each one of us for having successfully completed Scania’s Graduate Trainee Program.
On this last day as a Scania Graduate Trainee within Sales and Marketing, I reflected on the trainee program and realized how much I had developed, both personally and professionally, during these past 15 months. I felt excited and proud but also a little bit sad that this unique journey had come to an end. On the other hand, I was looking forward to continue my journey at Scania within Sales and Marketing and to start at my first real job position. When I looked through my pictures in order to select some of them for a trainee presentation, which I held for the students that applied for the Scania trainee program 2017, I was amazed by the fact that I had seen so many places and met so many new people within just 15 months.
Looking back, I can say that Scania’s Graduate Trainee Program is definitely a fun experience, but it is also a challenging learning experience. It requires a lot of flexibility; you do not only need a flexible mind but you also have to be flexible when it comes to travelling, and you have to be open-minded. Besides, it requires a lot of initiative and responsibility, since a trainee has to make sure that s/he gets the most out of each trainee placement. However, as a Scania Graduate Trainee, you get so much back in return. You are permanently employed from day one. You will be offered to do your heavy truck driver’s licence. During the introduction weeks, you get the unique opportunity to work in the Scania production at the assembly lines, which was one of the best experiences of the program. Additionally, you will basically be adopted as part of the trainee network from the day you sign your working contract.
We trainees from 2015 are still very close to each other, have lunch together once every other week, and even travel together. In December last year, we former trainees from 2015 went on a skiing trip to Sälen together with the trainees from 2016. In just a few months, the trainees from 2017 will join Scania and I am looking forward to meeting them and to support them during their trainee journey at Scania.