Just like the famous saying goes All good things come to an end, after two fantastic months working with Armada, finally life is back to as it was.
It was an enriching and delightful experience working as a part of such a big event. As photographers, our work and work pattern was quite different than other teams, one or more of us had to be there at each event of Armada. A positive part is, we knew everything and everyone involved with the fair. It was impressive to see how meticulously and perfectly an event could be organised by students.
We were a team of 5 photographers, from different academic and cultural backgrounds. As we clicked our camera shutters around the events in Armada, we got to know each other better. When we meet people belonging to other places, one of the first thing that becomes the epicentre of all talks are the different cuisines. Our Swedish friends toasted us with Cinnamon Buns on Kanelbullar dag or the Cinnamon Buns Day (yeah there is a day for that as well). Couple of weeks later, we had an Italian dinner when Filippo baked delicious pizzas for everyone.
Later on Diwali I Invited them all for celebrating Diwali with me, as everyone got a taste of Indian food.
In India we were used to the “campus placement” tradition, companies come one after another to universities and colleges and recruit a number of students based on their evaluations. However, contrary to spoon feeding scenario, career fairs here are a totally different story. During the fair, 160+ companies had their representatives at KTH for two days. Students usually shortlist the companies of their domain and then interact with them to discuss the possibilities for Internships, Summer Jobs, Thesis and Future Job Prospects. It’s a comprehensive information session, where one can find which companies match their competencies and preferences and get in touch with them later.
Apart from this, there were other events as well.
- Case solving events allowed students to suggest solutions to real life scenarios and won great prizes (Winners of Ericsson case solving event got Ericsson sponsored Tea/Coffee at KTH for one year).
- Theme Lectures were quite interesting, Company representatives took their time to let you know what they do, and what specifically they do in Sweden, someone looking to work in that company can get a fair idea of their compatibility with that company.
- Thesis Proposals were also nice events, companies came up with ideas for doing degree thesis with them.
- The Armada Talks gave us a chance to listen to company representatives talking about what they do at their work and how their career has shaped up with their company.
Banquet and The after party
The event on day 1 was followed by a grand banquet at Ericsson Globe hosted by famous Comedian David Batra. Behind the scene videos of Armada Project group kept the 700 attendees entertained during dinner, the event also witnessed a spectacular acrobatic performance.
Banquet was followed by an after-party, probably one of the best parties I’ve been to after coming to Stockholm. This was a busy evening for us photographers as we kept photographing the photo-wall.
The Armada Cruise
This was one of the most awaited parts for us, a couple of days after Armada we went on a cruise on the Baltic Sea to celebrate successful completion of the fair, We also enjoyed Swedish-christmas-smörgåsbord. It was 24 hours of partying, having fun, playing cards.
Perks of being a part of Armada
The biggest perk was that we got to know a lot of people, working with Swedish team members gave a nice insight to the Swedish culture. We were working closely with companies so got to know some of the representatives quite well.
Another fun part is, the companies participating in career fair are really generous towards visitors and even more generous towards the participants, Notebooks, Pens, Chocolates, Candies, T-Shirts, Bags, USB Drives and whatnot, it’s like an early Christmas. One of our team members got so much of stuff that he had to hire a cab to take it all home. 😉
Now it’s time to get back to completing labs and projects.