Matilda Davidsson, M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering – Lund University
Jacob Makdisi, M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering – Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
What have surprised you the most during your first couple of months?
Matilda: That everyone is so welcoming and friendly, even though it is such a big company. From the first day, on the assessment day, I got a great feeling of the working environment and everyone was so welcoming. Now, three months within the company, this warm and including culture has been confirmed, and this working environment is something I really appreciate.
Jacob: Yes the values are not just written on the wall, but deeply rooted in the organization. People really work and live by the values and one get the feeling that people strive here. This apply internationally as well. During a visit in Germany, I was very familiar with the culture at H&M, although being in a completely different country.
What is the most interesting thing you've got to do as a trainee so far?
Jacob: The most interesting thing I have seen (so far) is the warehouse in Germany. It was so huge, and the experience gave me the insight in how big H&M´s operations are, but also what important role IT plays. It was a great experience and augmented my knowledge of H&M being a global company.
Matilda: We have met a lot of interesting and inspiring persons these first months, who all have made interesting careers within the company. People work with so cool things here at H&M and are very enthusiastic about what they are doing. They have truly inspired me by understanding the endless opportunities within H&M and I am really excited for my future journey.
Why did you choose to join H&M IT Trainee program?
Jacob: Although being an engineer, I have a big interest in business. The retail industry is facing a big change, with digitalization and technology paving the way for how business is done. This is super interesting and I want to be part of it. Therefore, I found H&M as the perfect place to be and applied for the IT trainee program, as it is a perfect way to give me the mix of IT and business.
Matilda: I chose to apply for H&M IT Trainee program because it seemed to be the perfect mix of IT and business, working in a cross-functional way in a global company. Besides, I believe H&M is in an interesting journey, in a changing industry with new customer behaviors and that is a journey I want to be part of.
What do you think about the new name; Business Tech Trainee program?
Matilda: I like the new name, it really emphasizes the mix of business and technology. The new name explains the focus of the trainee program in a better way, because the focus is not only IT, it is a mix of both IT and business.
Jacob: I think the new name of business tech is really good and an important change. It strengthens the importance and role technology plays for business, but also changes the view of technology as just IT. Working in business tech is all about bringing business value through people and technology!