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Alexander Florén

Meet Alexander – Senior Operations Manager at EF Education First and MSc Business and Economics alum.

Describe your role and what it is that you do overall and on a day-to-day basis: 

I currently manage ten language school destinations in the UK. These destinations are only open in the summer so my position is a lot about project management, making sure everything is ready for the summer. This includes staff recruitment, budget responsibility, supplier contract negotiations and logistical planning, as well as helping out with marketing materials supporting our sales teams with information. In the summer, my role transforms into production mode where I manage and support the 300+ staff in the ten destinations.


What interested you about the field you are currently in? 

I’ve grown up in a hotel and restaurant family and the service industry has always been close to my heart. However, I didn’t want to work in Hotels or Restaurants so the Education/Tourism industry fit very well into this picture. But what really attracted me to EF was all of the interesting and fun people I met throughout the recruitment process at EF. 


Why did you choose to study your subject area at SSE? 

I knew my interest didn’t lie in finance or economics and I’ve always been interested in people and management so choosing to study Management came quite naturally to me.


How did your time/education at SSE help guide you to the career journey you have embarked on? 

I think one of SSE’s greatest strengths is the connection between the school and the corporate world. I remember doing so many project for real companies and through that, being able to explore what kind of company I would like to work at. That truly is a great opportunity.


What path did you take from graduation to where you are now? 

I started working for EF Education First right after graduating and I’ve been with the company for seven years now but I’ve had five different roles with four international moves so I’m constantly being challenged and able to explore new apects of the company.


Following your time studying and living in Stockholm, do you have any words of wisdom or advice you would like to share with our current students?

When you’re applying for jobs, be humble. Your first job might not be your dream job but if you like the company and you perform well and stay positive, amazing opportunities will open up that you might not have even thought of originally.

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