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Feb
4

Half-time in Winter Land

Cold greetings from Stockholm!   I have now left my first placement and Business Sweden’s office Casablanca. Returning to a snowy Sweden, and a cold and dark Stockholm, after having spent the majority of my days in significantly warmer degrees was to say the least a special feeling. One thing however, that I am very grateful for (and that compensates for the weather) is that I now have had the time to meet with friends and family for the first time since last summer. Furthermore, wind and colder weather is probably something I should be expecting in The Hague when arriving there next week, so maybe I should get used to gloves and winter jacket. …

André Hedberg
Feb
1

Ending on a High Note in the UK

Hello there! Now that it’s only two days left of my first placement the melancholy from leaving London is getting to me. I have really enjoyed my time here, much thanks to a great team at the office, but also from just living and having fun in London. In all this, I also feel excited about soon moving on to my next market Beijing and China. I will now enjoy the last bit of London and gradually let the future adventures soak me up. Lately I have been working closely with a Swedish Edtech company in helping them conduct a …

Henning Säll
Jan
24

A donde fueres, haz lo que vieres…

…..Or in English, to where you go, do the things you see. When you are in Mexico, do as the Mexicans do. Hope this post finds you well. I am back in the office since the last week after some well-deserved holiday. I spent my Christmas and New Year’s holidays in Sydney with my family were I also met my two fellow trainee colleagues Ida and Tao. On the way, I made two stops in San Francisco and Havana the latter a place that I always have been dreaming of to visit. From Mexico City, it is only a two hours …

Peter Khoshaba
Jan
15

Winter is coming

One month before changing desk and continent! Singapore is coming to an end and most of the projects I have been working with during the autumn have now been closed. When I joined the office in September last year my manager and mentor had put together a project plan for my time in Singapore. Together, we formulated a number of goals to achieve during the six months I would spend in the Singapore office. Looking back at the time I have spent here now, I am very grateful for the Singapore team and how they all have been very keen …

Ida Stjernström
Dec
31

Bonne Année et Bonne Santé! Insha’Allah!

Hey everyone and Bonne Année!   Here comes a quick holiday update from Casablanca on the last day of the year.   Time moves fast and exactly a year ago, I was preparing for my last exam period at Stockholm School of Economics and up-coming MSc thesis to be written later during that spring. I was still only focusing on school and I had no concrete plans on what to do after my graduation in the summer. Despite the fact that many of my friends had been applying for jobs for months already I was still surprisingly “relaxed” in that I could apply for jobs later. Ironically, this mentality …

André Hedberg
Dec
22

Staying put

Almost Christmas! For most trainees things are probably winding down and people are starting to plan for moving to their second market. For me things are a bit different. I sold my first own consultancy project this week and as for planning ahead, my only plan involves coordinating the arrival of some new furniture to my flat. Because yes, I am staying in Riyadh! Furniture hunting at IKEA I am very excited about the new project; it involves helping a Swedish company establish a public-private partnership in Palestine. Not only is it my very first own consultancy project, but it …

Linnéa Strand
Dec
14

Continuing the work on CSR and sustainability

Hope you are all well and getting into the Christmas spirit already. Beijing has definitely done so temperature wise, it is around zero degrees Celsius these days but it feels even colder than that. Winter time is usually the worst when it comes to pollution, but I have not felt very affected (yet). I thought that I would be wearing a mask every day but so far it has only been two-three days a month that the air quality index app has shown red numbers, which is not too bad compared to previous years. As China is stepping up its …

Anna Zhan
Dec
13

Insights from the Inside

The projects that I have been working on here in the British market are all coming to an end. I am excited about being in the more analytical final phase of the projects where conclusions are being drawn and insightful recommendations are ought to be presented to clients. It is a rather thrilling feeling knowing that the findings from the research that I have been conducting might lead to successful establishments of Swedish companies here in the UK. Although, we do not leave our clients hanging after an initial market check, we help them also in succeeding phases of the …

Henning Säll
Dec
12

Singapore still going strong!

*Warning for long blogpost* December already? It is crazy how time flies when you are having fun. Unfortunately I have zero Christmas feeling this year though, my birthday is first of December and usually the first snows falls around that date in Umeå. I’m used to a cold, dark and snowy month with Christmas lightening and way to much sweets and Swedish fika. Here, they started decorating all the shopping malls on October 31st and Christmas songs are played everywhere ever since. Still, as the swede I am, I cannot get that real Christmas feeling without snow! So, I won’t …

Ida Stjernström
Dec
7

Hola Chicos! – Mexico City Calling!

  It is finally my turn to present myself and share what I am up to in Mexico City. (I know some of my trainee-colleagues have high expectations on this post since I told them that the delay is because I am working on the perfect post, let´s just leave it there.) However, I have now been in this amazing country for almost three months and I am really enjoying it here, both the work side and the social life. Since I lived in Mexico during one of my exchanges back in 2014 I already had some connection to the …

Peter Khoshaba