Interview with Linda and Assar

During the year of 18/19 Linda Karnefors (CEO) and Assar Sjöblom (EVP) have been providing guidance and leadership at CTK. Now as the semester has ended it was time for them to start a new chapter in their life, we sat down with them and asked them some questions about their time at CTK and what the future has in store.

What has been the most rewarding experience during your year as CEO/EVP?

Linda: The most rewarding experience has been to connect and drive projects together with all our consultants and other colleagues at Chalmers Studentkår. I have met so many talented people and increased my professional network both personally and professionally.  I also feel that if I have faced a huge challenge – I have handled it and this has made me develop further in problem solving and decision-making going forward.

Assar: The best experience of working as the EVP at CTK has been to meet and work with all the really smart, ambitious and cool people of CTK. To be part of their journey, to grow together, gain confidence, develop and learn new skills together is super rewarding.

If you had the chance to redo your year as CEO/EVP, what would you do differently?

Linda: I wish I would have devoted more time to different clients and built these kinds of relationships. Sometimes it can be hard to prioritize when a lot is going on and this I would do differently.

At the other hand I am proud of my work concerning branding on social media and to build a professional awareness of CTK. Now, we have a lot of engagement on LinkedIn where we also extend our relations to client, potential clients, partners and future colleagues. I am also proud of our newly launched project manager training which will dive deeper into areas such as stakeholder management, expectation management and contracts.

Assar: If I had the chance to redo my year as EVP there are a lot of things that I would do differently. Most important is that I would take a few steps back to really think about why we do the things we do, what is the purpose of our organization and how does the different things we do connect to the purpose. From that I would try to prioritize and focus on the things that really matters. I would also try to have more fun at work.

What advice would you give your succesors?

Linda: To pick one area they want to develop, external or internal which benefit both CTK and you, and during this year aim for setting up milestones and to challenge the goal. It can be hard when there is a lot of other things to do in day to day operations, but I think it is important when you leave after this year you feel you have met your personal goal for development.

Assar: To plan something fun for every day, that way you can lead with positive energy and spread good vibes to the whole organization. Also don’t be afraid to delegate important tasks to other people in the organization, to give away control is to put your trust in others and that is a great way to grow together.

What does the future have in store for you?

Linda: Now I will go to a global company Gunnebo AB to learn how strategy and operations works in a different context. I will work close to the CEO and help out in a big program. This feels like a natural next step for me. I am greatly honored to have been given this chance.

Assar: First comes a long and awaited vacation with a lot of sun (hopefully). Then I will start as a consultant at a local consultancy firm here in Gothenburg, working with real estate and construction.