Knowing that I would be working throughout this Fall, I spent my summer months focusing on Swedish language classes and traveling. I took two accelerated courses in Swedish (svenska som andra språk 1 & 2) which are equivalent to high school level. I wrote quote a few essays, but it was really helpful, I feel like I have a much better grasp of the Swedish language now! I also really enjoyed spending my first summer in Stockholm.
Now that the new semester has kicked off, it feels great to be back at SSE. I was one of the group leaders during the introduction week for new students and it was so fun meeting so many new faces. Now that I have been at SSE for a year, it’s also exciting to recognize some familiar faces! I feel like I have adjusted to SSE and Stockholm and try to stay active in various student activities both on the bachelor and master level. Additionally, learning more Swedish has helped integration into everyday culture from being able to read most things and hold conversations. The weather keeps surprising me though, and I’m still caught off guard how quickly it can become cold during September!
My coursework this year is very different than last year. First of all, I’m participating in XTM (Executive Trainee Module) which means I do not have any formal courses this semester. I’m working at Danske Bank in their Commercial Excellence department until December. It’s nice to go back to an industry role for an extended period during the middle of my Masters studies as I have been able to apply some of the new approaches I have learned almost immediately. For example, I’m hosting a workshop in Copenhagen next month and will incorporate some of the ideation methods I learned last spring.
Additionally, I really appreciate that this opportunity allows me to experience a new industry (financial services) as well as Swedish working culture within a larger organization. Personally, it is also so helpful to work in a Swedish-speaking office because it’s great practice for my language skills, although it is of course very challenging!
Looking at the second half of my last year at SSE, I want to continue to stay involved in activities and attend more events. Now that I have generally seen which times of year have the most activities, I feel that I can prioritize better where to invest my time. I also want to continue to meet more new students and alumni who come to the school.
After my studies, I would like to stay in Stockholm. I still enjoy marketing and product development, but I am open to the industry. After some great experiences this past year in new industries, I know that I very much want to work with tangible products and services as well as with B2C in some manner. There are many companies that fit this criteria, both established and start-ups, so I’m excited to see where I end up!