Interview with CTK Alumni Karin

Chalmers Teknologkonsulter got in contact with Karin Arnholm, a successful CTK alumni that had some inspiring answers to our questions about the benefits of working at CTK and what you can strive for after.

Where do you work and what do you do?

I work as a Management Consultant at Ekan Management, a company with more than 30 years’ experience. I work in a business area referred as Innovation & Operations and have mainly worked with customers within the automotive industry. Currently I am responsible for a PMO (Project Management Office) at a department working with operational development and process management. My role includes strategic planning, project management, portfolio management, project quality assurance and governance management. I secure the overall efficiency and effectiveness of operational development by identifying, coordinating, prioritizing, planning, monitoring and follow-up projects and activities. I also provide methods and instructions and develop the project model and the project templates to be used for gate decisions or deviation reports. When needed I support and coach the project managers, e.g. regarding gate criteria’s fulfillment.

What is the best advice you would give somebody that is thinking about joining CTK?

Working as a consultant is an exciting employment with plenty of opportunities to develop and grow – both personally and professional. I hesitated before I joined CTK – was it really something for me? But it was and I am so happy I joined the team! For me it was a lovely time filled with customer relationships, project challenges and fun activities with colleagues. All kinds of people are needed in CTK; competencies, personalities and experiences. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, which means we are performing greater when collaborating as a team rather than working individually. I advise everyone to take the chance to join CTK to see what it is. Try it for some months and if it does not feel as good as you thought you can just quit. The most important thing is that you do it for yourself and that you find your path in this journey. Try to find customers and projects you are interested in and see it as a great opportunity to explore many different kinds of companies.

How did your work at CTK prepare you for the work you do today? 

Since I continued as a consultant I felt quite prepared, at least in terms of how to work project-based, establish and maintain customer relationships and how to work with the selling process. At CTK  I developed and built up my confidence in different kinds of situations, e.g. when customers tried to extend the project scope without any agreement or when I was at a selling meeting trying to pitch an idea. I learned that integrity and transparency always win in the long run. I also find where my critical point for delivering projects with happiness and quality is.