October 13, 2016

First impression counts - One month in the Gen-T program

Ludvig Erlandsson

Trainee, Tieto

So, there I was, climbing the stairs at Tieto Stockholm office, on my way to the introductory day of the Gen-T program. I had no idea what to expect and, to be honest, I was a little nervous. As a recent marketing graduate from the business faculty at Lund University, I'd made a decision that most of my classmates hadn't even dreamed of - I was going to forge a career in the IT industry.

Instead of marketing soft drinks or sofas or other tangible products, I was going to have to convince businesses to buy extremely complex digital solutions. And let's just say that I'm not exactly an expert programmer or a technical whiz-kid. Had I bitten off more than I could chew?

Despite a slight case of beginner's nerves I had a feeling, deep inside, that everything was going to turn out for the best. This was due in no small part to the overwhelmingly positive experience I had throughout Tieto’s entire assessment process. Tieto managed to convince me that they take good care of their employees; they proved to me just how successful their trainee program has been in the past; and I was left in no doubt as to the benefits of the open source culture that is an essential part of Tieto. Filled with newfound confidence I sprinted up those stairs like Rocky Balboa, ready to face round one in the exhilarating world of IT.

Here's what I've learnt after my first month as a trainee. Tieto has more than delivered on its promise of introducing us trainees into the company in a successful way. We've been provided with some invaluable information and some truly unique opportunities for networking within the company. The claim of having an open source culture wasn't just hype - it's the real deal. Most people we've been introduced to have been more than happy to share their insights over lunch or an informal meeting.  

There's also an unbeatable team spirit among the trainees. There are 10 of us in Sweden and we hang out together a lot, both at work and in our leisure time. It's a nice feeling knowing that others are sharing your journey. There's a real sense of openness among the Nordic trainees. On a business trip to Tieto's Helsinki headquarters I was invited for an after-work with the Finnish trainees and we ended up having some serious laughs together. Networking with other young professionals is not only a good investment for the future; it also makes your everyday life a whole lot more fun.

Those aren't the only things that make life at Tieto awesome for a recent graduate. Tieto has its own organization for young professionals; they arrange cool events for us, from after-works, to trips and sports events. I've also played (and lost!) my fair share of lunchtime table tennis matches. My time at Tieto has been packed with unmissable experiences - and that's something you can't put a price on.

Almost one month has passed since my adrenalin-charged Rocky-sprint. I'm still a newbie in the IT world, but a lot of things have changed. I've realized the huge amount that marketers have to offer the IT industry. I'm starting to learn the ropes and feeling more confident every day about choosing a career in IT; it becomes more relevant as each year passes and the world becomes more digitalized. Tieto feels like the right company to be a part of during this journey. I'm looking forward to all the challenges and excitements ahead, and I'm glad that my new colleagues and friends will be alongside me each and every step of the way. It is time for round two! 

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