2020-03-12

Essity’s GO! Program offers graduates a real job from day one

Text: Ola Claësson

Foto: Julia Sjöberg

Victor Salén och Natalie Harris, Essity

Victor and Natalie both completed Essity’s GO! Program. Today they have exciting careers within the fields of technological innovation and e-commerce at the company.

The global hygiene and health company Essity offers a Graduate On-Boarding Program (GO!) where recent university graduates are offered a unique opportunity to get a position with responsibility from day one. Victor Salén, E-commerce Account Specialist, and Natalie Harris, Product Owner TENA Identifi, are both former GO! graduates.

Natalie Harris

Title: Product Owner TENA Identifi

Education: Business Informatics with a specialization in International marketing and IT.  Bachelor degrees in Business Administration and Information Technology, University of Borås, 2017

What drives you in your career at Essity?The possibility to develop innovations that improve the quality of care and life.”

How did you learn about GO!?

Victor: – It all started some years ago when I was invited to Essity’s University Challenge, where students were asked to submit innovative ideas and solutions to challenges in the health and hygiene product industry. Me and my friend decided to take part in the competition, and we won despite the tough competition from university students in other countries. As a prize, we were offered an internship at Essity, where I heard about the GO! Program and was encouraged to apply.

 

Natalie: – For me, the story is a bit different. When I was close to graduation, I knew I wanted to work internationally and when I found out about GO! it seemed like a much better option than a traditional trainee program since it was more like a real job. What I also found exciting was the opportunity to work directly with products that help people in their everyday life.

Victor Salén

Title: E-commerce Account Specialist

Education: Bachelor in International Business and Economics, Masters in Marketing, Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law, 2017

What drives you in your career at Essity? “Working with talented people both inside and outside the organization who wants to do good.”

Describe the 24 months long program

Natalie: – GO! was more or less tailored to lead up to my current position at Essity. At the start, I sat down with my manager and laid out a plan. I then got to rotate every six months to learn about different aspects of the business. I found it interesting to learn more about the customer’s perspective since I normally work with technological development and innovation. On top of that, we also attended different modules where we got to meet the other GO! graduates, which was so much fun and extremely valuable.

 

Victor: – The learning and development modules, where you got to learn and share experiences with other graduates was something I also really enjoyed. But apart from that, my program looked somewhat different from Natalie’s. In my case, I shifted between two departments with a focus on e-commerce. For example, I was responsible for driving e-commerce sales for Tork, one of Essity’s global brands.

“Attending Essity GO! was a really important step in my career”

Describe your current roles at Essity

Natalie: – I work with welfare technology and am responsible for an Internet of Things (IoT) initiative developing sensors attached to incontinence products. This is a very important job that really contributes to increased quality of life. In the end, dignity and quality of care are what most of Essity’s products are all about.

 

Victor: – As an Account Specialist for Tork I look after our distributors’ web shops through running campaigns and optimizing our brand presence in order to meet our customer needs. Attending GO! was a really important step in my career.

Essity

Essity är ett ledande globalt hygien- och hälsobolag. Vi ökar människors välbefinnande genom våraprodukter och tjänster. Försäljning sker i cirka 150 länder under de globalt ledande varumärkena TENA och Tork samt andra starka varumärken såsom JOBST, Leukoplast, Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo, Vinda och Zewa. Essity har omkring 46 000 medarbetare. Nettoomsättningen 2019 var cirka 129 miljarder kronor (12,2 miljarder euro). Huvudkontoret ligger i Stockholm och Essity är noterat på Nasdaq Stockholm. Essity bryter barriärer för ökat välbefinnande och bidrar till ett hälsosamt, hållbart och cirkulärt samhälle.   Läs mer: www.essity.com och www.lifeatessity.com

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