September 17, 2018
September 19, 2018
GROW Global Trainee Programme is Stora Enso's offering to top graduates from University. We look for external candidates who have a maximum of three years of experience after graduation, want an international career as a leader and speak excellent English.
This past year has been quite exciting and full of learning experiences. In this blog post I will share some of the experiences I’ve had working on my Master’s Thesis for Stora Enso Ingerois Mill, and from my summer job as Shift Supervisor at the Anjala Mill fiber department.
When I was young, my biggest dream was to become Superman. Being able to fly, be a role model for others and save people in need were things I really wanted to do. Today, I work with logistics improvements and I am also part of the Stora Enso Global Trainee Program. I can honestly say that I am not Superman.
3 weeks, 62 units, 26 tired (but happy!) trainees, and 2 final presentations. This is a story of how I experienced one of our last trainee modules and how we all at Stora Enso can make a difference in the communities we operate in.
When I think back, I still haven´t received a sound answer from my dad. Why did he always tell me to clean my room on Saturday evenings – from the time I turned 15? Saturday evenings were holy for me back then. I often told him I would just clean my room on Sundays instead, but his message was clear and undeterrable: the whole family had to clean the house together and at exactly the same time. Over and out. I didn't understand. What was it that I would get out of investing my precious Saturday evening-time in that exact task at that exact time?
One thing I have reflected upon after our first trainee module in Helsinki is the differences in our everyday lives as trainees. Some of my trainee colleagues work at mills, and some of them work at offices around the world. If I take myself as an example, I work at Skoghall mill outside the city of Karlstad in Sweden as a process engineer. I have the production site as my workplace. The fact that Skoghall mill is up and running is most important for me every day.
It has been over a month since I joined the company, and it’s a good opportunity to share my story from Blind Applying to Stora Enso. First of all, what is Blind Applying? I can still recall last year when I searched for an internship in Paris, my friend sent me a link to Blind Applying's website and said "Try this!" I clicked and found an amazing world.
Reconnect is the main yearly event in Stora Enso and this year it was arranged for the second time. About 300 people from all around the company attended the event that took place in Helsinki, Finland. Most of the participants were present in one way or another as "ex officio", but to gain a real diversity there were 30 places offered to anyone in the company through an open application process. The process included writing an assignment and after that an interview for the selected candidates. I was happy to be one of the qualified, actually for the second time because I took part also in the first Reconnect in Berlin 2014.
As I am writing this blog post I am in the middle of preparing my move from Stockholm, Sweden and Stora Enso Paper to Beihai, China and the Consumer Board division's investment in the Guangxi region.
Stora Enso has a leadership programme called the Pathbuilders. It is an explorative journey to leadership for the individuals participating in it, combined with challenging projects that the group will be working on for about 6 months.