Interview with CTK Alumni Joanda

Chalmers Teknologkonsulter  would like to introduce Joanda Svenheden, one of our CTK alumni who talked with us about her reasons behind applying to CTK, and the work she does today.

Where do you work and what do you do?  

I am based in Gothenburg and work as a management consultant at a consulting firm called Acando. I recently finished Acando’s talent acceleration program where I have spent the last three years working in a wide range of projects. During my first years I had the chance to try a lot of different industries and subject areas – everything from large scale IT implementations to more intensive pre-studies or strategy development projects. I am now focused on organizational development, helping our clients transform their organization, processes and governance structures to shift from where they are today to where they want to be in the future.  

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

Do it! And use it as a platform to get to where you want to be when you finish your studies. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself and try new things during your time at CTK, the collective capacity and collaborative mindset that exists within CTK is really inspiring. In sum, CTK is an amazing place to build your network, learn and grow – both as an individual and a professional. 

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

There are three primary skills that I developed during my time at CTK that are essential in 

my role as a management consultant. First, I got to develop my project management skills. Learning how to scope and delegate assignments, keeping track of progress and managing stakeholders is a skill that I use every day in my assignments. Experience from working with sales is something else I practiced at CTK and it is vital when you work as a consultant. When I first started I had no idea how much I would learn from making cold calls, writing up project proposals and going to sales meetings but I am very thankful I got comfortable with sales and learned how much fun it is during my time at CTK. The third skill I developed as a student consultant is more related to personal development. I feel like working at CTK increased my self-awareness as I learned more about who I am as a professional, what I think is important and what I need in order to be good at what I do.