…also for me to say goodbye!
Last blog post
As you might have noticed, one by one, the trainees have all said goodbye to the blog. First out was Charlotta, who’s spreading her wings elsewhere, and then last week Sofia continuing on as Marketing Manager. What will happen to me you might wonder? Well, I’m staying with LeoVegas, now as a part of the Business Intelligence team! Since May, I’ve been working parallel jobs, juggling the trainee tasks and the new responsibilities. As of today, however, I’m no longer a trainee but fully working as a Jr. Business Analyst.
Before I leave you, my dear readers, I will take the opportunity to tell you a bit about my year here and what I have learned as a CEO Trainee at one of the fastest growing tech companies in all of Europe.
My year as a trainee
How can one fit so much into so few words? The blog guidelines tell us that we have around 500-800 words per blog post. If we wouldn’t have had these guidelines, I would’ve written a blog post long enough to be classified as a novel. But to summarize the last year, I would have to say: it exceeded all expectations. This year has made me laugh until my stomach cramped, work until I fell asleep on the keyboard (yes, that did actually happen), and give me stress resistance of almost superhuman levels. That said, I could’ve never expected this level of diversity of work tasks. I’ve done everything from having dinners with some of the most successful professionals in Sweden, to waking up at 4am to tie 300+ balloons to champagne bottles, to preparing decision material for the board meeting. You can’t fit all of that into a work description.
What no one really managed to prepare me for, was the level of personal growth I would experience throughout this year. I thought I would come out of this experience the same as I did when I joined. How foolish of me! I’ve learned the importance of time management – what is your top priority (and why?) and how you allocate your time to generate the biggest possible outcome. It’s still a work in progress for me, but before working here I didn’t even think about things like that. Also, I realized the importance of de-cluttering your work: what is really essential for the task at hand? Do you need to write courteous phrases in an e-mail before getting to the point? Probably not. The list of things that clutter your work goes on and on and the clutter makes you focus on the wrong things. As a trainee, you eventually don’t have time to focus on the wrong things… or you might end up falling asleep on your keyboard.
The most important thing I learned from this year though is how important it is to really enjoy what you’re doing, and more importantly, who you’re working with. I’ve had the pleasure of having great experiences in the past, with great co-workers and interesting roles, but this took it to a whole new level. LeoVegas is a young company, and especially in the Malta office, it’s very common to spend your spare time with your co-workers. This means that you grow very close to your colleagues, some even become true friends. And as you can imagine, it is a luxury to spend every single day with your friends – both in and outside of work! Combine that with an interesting and challenging job, and you have a recipe for success.
I just have to share this – made by our Head of Communications when he saw my company profile picture…
Moving on from here
So, as I mentioned in the first paragraph, I’m no longer a trainee. The time has come for me to fully take on my new role as Jr. Business Analyst within the BI team. I will be working with financial analyses, focusing towards project management and business improvement. This really is yet another a dream job, because I get to continue learning at a faster pace than ever before. It is a luxury to have the opportunity to learn your profession by doing it, and I’m very excited for the future.
With that said, this is my final blog post here on this blog as a trainee. It feels weird, since it doesn’t seem long since we started the blog, even though a year has already passed. Time flies when you’re having fun, as we say in Sweden. I’m so thankful for the time here, and I’m excited for what is to come. You’ll most likely see me back here again at some point, because I’m still managing the The Leo Initiative.
As to who’s going to take over the blog now when the three of us have moved on, you’ll just have to wait and see. For now, the blog is going to go on a summer break, and will be back in September. Who will keep you updated with the latest news from LeoVegas and life in Malta, you’ll see then.
Thank you for everything, and hope you’ve enjoyed this as much as I have. Feel free to reach out to me either via e-mail, or add me on LinkedIn. If you’ve read the blog, and come by our office, make sure you swing by my desk and say hi.
Live long and prosper,
Oh! Before I leave, I just have to share this after movie from last week’s summer party. It’s an annual thing and it was amazing. That’s all I can say.