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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

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.

And napping

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This week I can be found on Santorini, with a Mojito and book on quantum physics.

I love digging in to heavy books on space and physics, but I can usually only manage a couple of pages before I need time to reflect, go back and make sure I understand, and then nap on it.

Pretty people

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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.

Diploma ceremony

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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?

I’m done. I want icecream now.

On DevOps

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Digging into the magnificent world of DevOps. It’s fun to see how one interest leads to the next. From data analytics to artificial intelligence and machine learning. From straight up agile teams to DevOps organizations. It goes hand in hand with what I’m exposed to at work.

Also, I miss working with robotics and physical products so much!

I catch myself watching Boston Dynamics videos while drinking my morning coffee. Reminiscing about the days when I built robots with my friends, not knowing what agile is, but working agile. Not knowing what lead time or customer value is, but feeling a positive sense of urgency to get it done and caring for the end result.

If you haven’t read up on DevOps (basic software manufacturing and care principles), then I highly recommend the DevOps Handbook!