What is your study background?
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Master of Science in Manufacturing & Management
Why did you apply to Vattenfall?
I have always wanted to start my career within the energy sector. I believe that energy drives our society and furthermore, it reflects how we behave as a community with all its nuances and complexity. I've always been passionate about renewable energy, especially wind energy. I believe it pushes for a better society. Vattenfall is investing heavily in wind energy to increase the wind portfolio, and that's something I want to be part of.
Why a traineeship instead of a junior position?
I see it as an opportunity to learn and experience the whole organization. Working and visiting different parts of Vattenfall's business is boosting my internal knowledge and network. It is also a kick off for my career in the energy business.
If you add a great network of colleagues, travel and tons of fun, you will get a fair picture of the Vattenfall International Trainee Programme.
What's the greatest difference between studying and working?
Responsibilities are bigger and it isn't about you as an individual anymore but about us, as a team. Working also comes with a monetary remuneration, which is sometimes a big trade off to being a student.
What do you appreciate the most in your job?
Now I can access a big network of professionals, resources and information within my own field from a business perspective. And if a proposal is good, you can see it from paper to reality, which is very satisfying. There is always something interesting going on!
What challenges do you meet in your trainee position?
You are the owner of your own career and it is important to be proactive when you see opportunities, whether they are in your own field of interest or not – you never know what new things you could learn.
This is rather time consuming, and pushing yourself out of the comfort zone is something that has to be practiced from time to time. Luckily this programme helps you with these topics.
What advice would you give to someone who is interested in applying for the trainee programme at Vattenfall?
This programme pushes your personal and professional boundaries. Firstly, I would ask myself if I am willing to put myself in that position. It involves travelling, meeting new people, hard work, deadlines, different work cultures, some frustration and many joys. Am I the type of person that enjoys this environment? Will I be able to handle it in a positive way?
Secondly, Vattenfall is one of the leading energy companies in Europe. There are many types of jobs inside the company. Therefore, if you know where you want to go, and are open to the experiences you will earn as a trainee, this is the right programme for you.