What an amazing year!

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It’s been a weird and amazing year and this Monday I graduated from the 13 month long Management Trainee programme at IKEA. I spent yesterday reflecting on all of the people who made this year possible.

As IKEA is going through some major changes, my next step is still unclear. Luckily this also means that a lot needs to get done, and I’m in a temporary role as IT Project Lead looking into the area of DevOps. Hopefully, with some grit, skill and timing, my IKEA career has just begun!

Happy key note speaker!

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Rebecca Ahlstrand key note speech IKEA KTH

Thinking back on the fun events I’ve participated in this year, for example Q Rendezvous together with Consid, one of Sweden’s fastest growing companies this year. I was invited to talk about how IKEA works with digitalization, changing customer needs and the opportunities and difficulties that the tech and ecommerce industry is facing.

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On a similar topic, I was host for KTH’s event Giants. I shared some of my own story and got to spend the day with 300 sharp young women, getting their take on tech and problem solving.  During the day they also got to try out a multitude of different engineering topics and tech gadgets, such as robotics, coding and virtual reality.

Can’t wait to see what the fall will entail!

Rebecca Ahlstrand Key note speech KTH GIANTS IKEA

Summer goal is check

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My new stamps say that I’m allowed to sail on my own now. We’ll see about that.. I think we’ll find someone who also wants to have company. I have way too much respect for the ocean to head out without a more experienced sailor!

But wow, I’m proud of us! We wanted to learn how to sail this summer. And here we are sliding into docks with sails still up! Zero crashes. Many I-almost-tipped-the-boat’s. Can’t wait for next season so that we can level up!

1 year anniversary

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1 year ago I started working for IKEA as Management Trainee in global IT operations! While I’m in a new role now as IT Project Lead, I guess I still can’t use my “new at work” badge anymore..

Pro of being a trainee: you get away with asking about everything, get free trainings included in your daily schedule and get to follow interesting people and thus learn about and work with many different areas. Con: most people don’t think you’re actually a part of the company, or don’t see you as a full time employee with responsibilities. Some even doubt that you have a salary.

The reality? Management Trainees at IKEA are full time employees, with a normal salary and responsibilities, that get to meet many people, go to many trainings, and learn about and work with multiple areas in the business. What a terrific way to start a journey in a large company!

Now however I’m happy to dig deeper into my areas of interest in the business and, like any true millennial, make an impact.

Ukulele

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Because space wise it’s not as big as a sofa = easy transport during my next move, wherever and whenever that may be. And who needs a sofa when you have a heap of pillows on the floor and an ukulele?