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Feb
5

Storing some of that lovely heat and getting ready for a 50 degree temperature shift!

Hello again dear reader, my friend, current colleague and/or future colleague.

My plane departed from Sydney about 35 hours ago. I am now in Stockholm, currently sitting here having trouble falling asleep due to jetlag. Tomorrow (Monday morning February 5th) I will meet the rest of the Trainees of the Business Sweden Accelerator Program. I am really, really, looking forward to seeing everyone again and hearing about their experiences from all corners of the world.

It’s been a while since I last wrote a post. We have been busy at the Sydney office helping Swedish companies succeed in Australia. So what type of projects have I been involved in since last? The finalization of the e-commerce guide for Swedish companies has been one of the occupations, and it has now reached its completed stage. Feel free to read it here! Apart from that, I have been involved in projects where the aim has been to stay up to date on new potential opportunities for Swedish companies, in all industries, in all of Australia and New Zealand. By conducting desk researching and analysing various opportunities I managed to, with help from my Project Manager, update a hit-list of opportunities that are relevant to Swedish companies. In another project, I have helped to describe in words how a certain regulatory process works, which companies need to go through when entering a certain type of business segment. There have been many other tasks coming in except for these, e.g. colleagues who have wanted some extra help to a project that they’re sitting with and/or mail enquiries from a range of Swedish companies who are curious on the market of Australia, New Zealand and/or the Pacific Islands.

On Thursday, I did my last day at the Business Sweden office in Sydney. The office treated us with an office lunch for this very reason. I wanted to show my gratitude for my time at the office as well, so I treated everyone with a delicious cheesecake (perhaps the best cheesecake I have ever had; sorry for not having taken a picture of it). The trade commissioner and the two project managers gave me some final great insightful and motivating feedback on my performance so far and I took the time to speak to my other colleagues to get an idea of what their experiences of working with me were. I now fly to Russia with a great understanding of what my strongest sides are and how I can improve other sets of skills and capabilities even more. I will miss the office family in Sydney, for sure. Everything will Russia feels very exciting, however I am not sure how I will cope with the 50 degree temperature shift. Time will tell!

In the future, I will most likely seek myself back to Sydney and catch up with all the astonishing people that I have had the beautiful chance in meeting while living there. I can recommend the country of Australia to anyone who wants a warm Sweden, since so many things are so much like those of Sweden (some things are different as well, as mentioned in a previous post!). I will truly miss the astounding beaches that surround the city. I will also miss the so very polite Australian social attitude. I will miss bumping into people by mistake, saying sorry and being responded with a “no you’re alright mate :-)”. It almost makes you want to bump into people more than usual because of the friendliest of responses.

I will miss you, Australia. If you want to help Swedish companies reach their full international potential and if you like to travel, you should really consider applying to the Business Sweden Talent Accelerator Program. You can apply until February 11th. I hope you want to be part of the family as well! 

 

The next post from me will be from the Moscow office.

Have a great day and talk to you soon.

Tao

 

Ps. Below follow some photos from the plane ride home!

 
Have just departed from Sydney's airport

Have just departed from Sydney’s airport

Cloudy Guangzhou right before landing

Cloudy Guangzhou right before landing

Foggy yet beautiful morning sun right after take off in Guangzhou

Foggy yet beautiful morning sun right after take off in Guangzhou

Waiting to departure in Amsterdam on the Sunday morning

Waiting to departure in Amsterdam on the Sunday morning

Just before landing in Sweden

Just before landing in Sweden

 

I have not yet approved of the weather transition. It is still relatively cold. I am used to 30 degrees of heat. Not 4 degrees minus and snow. I might as well get used to it!

The best picnic spot in Sydney

The best picnic spot in Sydney

A welcoming Sweden - a very warm welcome (you probably can't see it, but it actually is snowing!)

A welcoming Sweden – a very warm welcome (you probably can’t see it, but it actually is snowing!)

Tao Hemberg Jankel