A huge change and challenge
The Swedish culture as “open, inclusive and equal” and the Aleido culture of putting people first encouraged me to initiate the discussion about my movement with different colleagues. They all gave me valuable advice – both concerning my professional development and concerning the move. After all, the move from China to Sweden would be a huge change and challenge in my life. With their help, my family and I were better prepared.
Even though I am happy about the move to Sweden, there are challenges as well. The biggest one is the Swedish language. Although almost everyone in Sweden can speak English, it would still be good to know Swedish, so that I can feel more included in society. Furthermore, with good Swedish language capability, I would have more opportunities for new assignments since our customers sometimes require this.
Project management in different industries
Currently I am working as a project manager in the automotive aftermarket area. From the project management perspective, it should be the same no matter if you’re in the telecom industry or in the automotive industry. However, I am facing the challenge that many customers require an automotive education background or working experience. However, the bright side of this is that it pushes me to learn new things. I also got the support from my colleagues and especially my immediate manager. This journey has so far been good for both my professional and personal development.
Do you also want to change location or industry?
Here are my top three advice:
- Be prepared, especially psychologically, that you will meet many unexpected difficulties in the beginning
- Get out of your comfort zone to learn and practice hard, so that you can grow quickly
- Enjoy all differences, which make us more innovative and better developed.