Look at all these handsome engineers! This was truly a life goal. How time flew on by! I’m nostalgic for all those late nights of calculus, coding, building robots, fixing presentations and hanging out in group rooms or Skype meetings.
11 years ago, after my first exam in high school, I decided that I wanted to become an engineer.
Today, in the blistering heat of this Swedish summer day, I walked up the stairs in Stockholm city hall to receive my diploma. A Master of Science in Engineering, Civilingenjör.
Many goosebumps, some sentimental tears. I know that I’ve worked for almost a year already. But these days filled with reflection, in combination with the reorg at IKEA and the end of my leadership programme, has me asking: What do I do now?
Rebecca Ahlstrand is a Swedish leader driven by a curiosity for tech and how it can be used to improve quality of life for people! She enjoys learning about space, physics, AI, and psychology, and gets her energy from empowering networks, mentorships, traveling, and discussing ideas and concepts.
Her degree is in IT engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. She's currently Scrum Master in IT Operations at the IKEA Group, leading roadmap activities to improve operational efficiency in over 600 IT solutions running 24/7 to ensure operations globally for IKEA.
Rebecca has lived in Beijing, Shanghai, Bournemouth, Shenzhen, Singapore and Stockholm, and is currently based in Helsingborg with 200 traveling days per year.