Does one even need an introduction to Scania? A world-leading provider of transport solutions, Scania, a giant in its field, is a dream company for any engineering student. Today, Scania conducted a lunch lecture at the KTH main library. Also, Scania being one of the main sponsors of our Formula Student team, the lunch lecture was definitely something that I couldn’t miss. This particular lecture was a very unique one for the reason that, the two presenters from Scania are actually KTH alumni. Rightly named, “From KTH to Scania“, the seminar highlighted the transition from student life to a work life at Scania. The seminar also provided us with information brochures about various student programmes and Job opportunities at Scania.
The seminar began with Olivia Löwhagen, a Project Engineer in the group Advanced Industrial Engineering Transmission Assembly , and of course, a KTH alumus, sharing with us her journey from KTH to Scania. During her student period, she did her internship at Scania and also was part of the Global Trainee program at Scania. It was quite interesting when she spoke about how much fun she has at her work place, apart from her everyday work routine. Definitely, all work and no play makes it very boring, a healthy balance of fun and seriousness at work will make work life very enjoyable indeed.
Patrik Johannesson, who is a student relations manager at Scania, took us on a quick walk along with him through his journey to Scania. From studying mechanical engineering at KTH to becoming the process engineer, team leader, lean coordinator and now to a talent relations manager, he sure is having an amazing journey. It is also quite interesting to know how much flexibility Scania has given them to move horizontally across the company and the opportunity to experience different work groups within Scania.
Patrik also spoke about the various student programmes that are currently open for applications at Scania. He also mentioned about graduate programmes that students in the final year of studies can apply to. You can find all career related information at this link here. Also, you can email them regarding any queries at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexander Magnusson, a Formula Student team member, who has been part of the team for several years now, was also a presenter in the lecture. Alex has a long affiliation with Scania. He shared with us his experiences from his multiple summer jobs and also from being in the Scania Student Intro Programme. It was quite fascinating to me when he pointed out the fact that at Scania, he was working with similar tools as that we use in the Formula Student team. A leisure time student project as Formula Student can take one a long way. Not only that it is interesting and fun to build a race car, but its a huge learning experience and a great addition to one’s CV. Also, our industry sponsors are always our good contacts who can help us in the journey.
Studying at KTH gives one an array of opportunities, not just to learn and grow but also to finally land in that dream job. I do have mentioned about career fairs like Armada before, that gives the students an opportunity to interact with people from the industry. Apart from career fairs, there are also various other events like these lunch lectures that are held throughout the year, where people from different companies come over to the campus and give us a talk about their company, about different opportunities for students. These events are such an amazing forum to interact with the industry people, a great insight into what the company does, and also a forum to get all your questions answered. And yeah, as the name says, they also provide you free lunch. With students living on such crunched up budget, a free lunch and great knowledge during your lunch hour is something to surely sign up for.
So, don’t forget to attend the career seminars and lunch seminars, you get a wealth of information and a load of motivation from these. For more information, you can check out the ARC calendar here. Also, look into the Career support page of KTH and follow their calendar as well.
KTH Master’s Challenge 2018 has finally come to a conclusion with the announcement of the prize winners for the four programmes listed on the competition. Three finalists were chosen in each programme and the winner was announced at the grand award ceremony held at Bangalore, India on the 25th of January. The winners get a complete tuition fee waiver to study at KTH. Also, an opportunity to intern at Formulate IP. The winner of the Engineering Design programme also gets a Scania sponsored stipend to cover the living expenses, worth approximately 1.5 million INR, as well as an internship at Scania.
Oscar Quevedo Teruel, KTH
The programme began with a short presentation by Jairam Vijayakumar Sujaya, an official from the KTH International Relations Office. He briefly introduced the finalists to Sweden, KTH and the education system in general. Following which, I presented my experiences in this amazing city as a KTH student. This was followed by a very informative and inspiring presentation by Oscar Quevedo Teruel, director of the Master Programme in Electrophysics at KTH.
Stefan Palskog, Scania
The President at Scania Commercial Vehicles India Pvt Ltd, Stefan Palskog, a KTH alumnus, gave the finalists an exciting glimpse into the world of Scania. He spoke about KTH’s industry collaboration with Scania and about the industry in general. His presentation was truly motivating for me personally ’cause of the fact that Scania is a dream company for me, and for anybody who is into automotive. Neeraj Gupta, a KTH alumnus, the founder & CEO at Formulate IP, founder at Lawcubator, co-founder and angel investor at Excubator, spoke to us about his journey through his KTH days to his vision to work as a professor at KTH. Neeraj is also the chairman of the KTH alumni chapter in India. It was very inspiring for me to meet him again this year and definitely mind-blowing to see his love for KTH. Following Neeraj, Arun Subramanian, a KTH alumnus who is also a consulting manager at Formulate IP shared with us his journey as a KTH student to a successful person in the Industry. It was indeed mega inspiring to listen to KTH alumnus being so very successful in their career and to know the difference KTH has made to them.
Neeraj Gupta, Formulate IP
Arun Subramanian, Formulate IP
Just like last year, the array of speeches by the invited guests and lunch prolonged the winner announcement moment making the finalists ever so nervous most of the time. It was, of course, a super emotional moment for the winners and the parents. I could exactly relive my moment from the last year’s ceremony, ever so special and ever so emotional indeed.
Well, now is the time to meet the winners,
Saransh Chhawchharia, Winner of KTH Master’s Challenge for Electric Power Engineering programme
Satabdee Dash, Winner of KTH Master’s Challenge for Engineering Design programme
Shipra Jain, Winner of KTH Master’s Challenge for Information & Network Engineering programme
Sivanand Devarakonda, Winner of KTH Master’s Challenge for THRUST programme
The Winners – Shipra, Saransh, Satabdee, Sivanand
It was a great experience for me to be a part of the event and be able to witness the award ceremony yet again this year, except for the fact that I was a nervous participant last year, while this year I represented KTH students at the ceremony. It was very nostalgic for me to see the nervous participants awaiting the results, the ultimate nerve-wracking winner announcement moment, the emotional joy of the winners, everything brought back the memories of the previous year. It was indeed very special for me to relive my moment again through this year’s winner and thank you KTH for giving me this opportunity 🙂
Lately, I have been receiving a lot of questions from the prospective students about how much I spend every month. The expense is definitely an important thing to consider to plan your masters budget accordingly. Now that I have been living the student life for half a year already, I seem to have kinda figured out my spending pattern and also the general pattern of the people around me. So, here is how the money gets spent, I will write everything in SEK and I hope you will not find difficulty in converting them to your currency.
Rent is definitely the biggest expense you would incur every month. But, the magnitude of the word “BIG” really depends on your preferences. For example, a studio room on campus costs about 6800 SEK, which is being the highest, while a shared corridor room a bit away from the campus at Farsta, costs about 2500 SEK, being the least. I love at Lappis, which is just about 15 mins away from campus and it costs me about 4300 SEK. I have a corridor room with a shared kitchen. So, you can basically select an accommodation that would fit you well with respect to cost, distance etc.
I personally prefer staying near the campus because life becomes a bit easy. You needn’t have to consider the bus and metro schedules while staying late at school cause you can simply walk back home. Staying late at school is something you will find yourself often times in 😀
Also, usually, electricity and Internet prices are included in the rent. There is a 24/7 supply of hot water in the tap. The tap water is potable and make sure you drink it cold. It is super fresh that way 🙂 And, every room comes with a space heater. You might have to invest on an extra one during the winter and they are not expensive. Click the link here to check out the various KTH accommodations, their locations, size, and prices.
Food is the next big expense that will eat your pockets. But this again depends on the person that you are. If you opt cooking at home all the time then your monthly food expense wouldn’t go over 1000SEK. I am indeed including the chips, biscuits, and chocolates you’d buy as part of your weekly grocery. Below are some pictures during my grocery shopping.
It is kinda an art to even choose your grocery store here. For the reason that there is no standard price of stuff at every store. Lidl is my usual shopping place, Willy’s can be a good store as well. But, there are other stores like Coop and ICA, well they are a bit on the expensive side, might not be a good option for people on a student budget 🙂
And, if you’re someone like me who loves a “Pick-a-Deli” box at 7-eleven, it will cost you about 70-100 SEK every time, which is super expensive for a meal. So, if you eat out a lot then you will end up spending too much. I can give you an approximation of my common eat-out prices.
Pick-a-Deli – 80 SEK
Coffee + Cinnamon Bun – 15 SEK (Student price)
Croissant – 15-25 SEK ( depends on the shop as well)
Subway – 35-75 SEK
A meal at campus – 68 SEK
Semla – 25 SEK
One nice thing to remember will be to ask for student discount where ever you go. You never know! I have got crazy discounts at really really unexpected places. This will help you save a lot. Another good thing to remember, for the good of your mind is to stop converting. Never convert SEK to INR or other currency when you buy your food. It puts a lot of pressure. Always know your budget in SEK and make sure you stay within the limit in SEK. Conversion eats your brain! I am sure my friends here would agree on that one.
Travelling inside Stockholm is super easy and every place is extremely well-connected by the public transport. A 550 SEK SL card, which is the public transport monthly pass, will give you access to the busses, ferries, metros, light rails, trams, and rails that are operated by SL, which is the company that operates public transport in Stockholm. You might wanna check out their website here. Oh yes, there are student prices at SL a well, which is 550 for a one month pass. You can also buy individual tickets or weekly passes.
Apart from this, if you live close by, you can also choose to walk or bike. Swedes love biking even when it is snowing. So, totally up to you to choose.
The above are the big things I spend my money on. Yes of course, when you’re in Stockholm, its inevitable to avoid shopping. Especially, when you have brands like H&M, Vero Moda in every corner. But that is definitely not something you will do always and it depends on your lifestyle as well.
So, to sum it up, My monthly expenses are below
Accommodation – 4300 SEk
Travel – 550 SEK
Food- 1000 SEK
Junk food – 800 SEK
Phone bills – 145 SEK
Clothes and other shopping – 800 SEK
Total – 7500 approx (which is my budget for a month)
I do try to avoid junk food every now and then and keep shopping to a minimum.So, I am of course not that bad, so to say. 🙂 But it takes some time for you to settle down. Don’t be concerned when your expenses skyrocket in the initial months. You need to make a few one-time investments in the beginning. And, expenses on washing liquid, bathroom and cleaning stuff don’t occur every month. You will figure out all of these when you come here. As you can see, I am a spender. You can live in Stockholm with just half the budget as mine depending on what choices you make. Anyway, you have the picture now 🙂
The final golden thumb rule is : Always have a budget and stick to it. Let me know if you want me to write about anything more. 😀
If you are someone who is thinking about applying to KTH and haven’t yet applied then this post is for you and you need to immediately apply because the deadline is on January 15th, which is in two days from now.
Well, I have exactly been in this situation last year, wondering if I must apply to a particular university, wondering whether I stand a chance, wondering if I must invest in paying the application fee, wondering if this was indeed the place I wanted to study in. You know all those questions that bombard your head, yes I have been there and gone through it. Today, I thought I would share with you my experiences studying at KTH in Stockholm, basically, trying to convince you to apply. And trust me am very genuine here and I will not be exaggerating anything a bit!
Last year around this time, or perhaps earlier, I was super involved in trying to list out the universities I should be applying to. Once I decided to do my master’s abroad, I had a list of countries, USA, Germany, Sweden etc and a list of universities in these countries. It took me a lot of time to research about each country and each university, trying to analyze their pros and cons to prioritize the ones I should be applying to. I applied to about 7 Universities I believe and I did get a couple of admits in few others but I chose to go to KTH for the obvious scholarship reason. Now I can tell you that I am so very glad to have made that decision. Even if it wasn’t for the scholarship, KTH is the best choice one could make. One of the major factors we all start by looking at are the rankings. But, there is so much more to your master’s degree abroad than the rankings, and I will tell you why…
1. QUALITY OF EDUCATION
This is perhaps the first criteria one must consider. The education here is of top-notch quality! Very practical, very much industry oriented and up to date as per current industry requirements. KTH teaches you engineering and the skills, that you will need, to work in a company or start your own business or whatever that is. You will learn the art of the subject and not just pages of the textbook. If you have read my previous blogs, then you might already know that many courses here don’t even have an exam and you can even carry your textbook or a summary sheet to your exam if you have one. They don’t test your ability to mug things up. They teach you to do it and test you through your projects and assignments.
The courses at KTH so close knit with the industry. Some courses are designed in collaboration with the companies, that you might find half of your lectures be given by people from the industries. Sometimes, you get to visit the company to see your theory in action. All that simply ignites your interest in the subject. The professors at KTH are often so involved in creating a conducive learning environment for you, they are very considerate so much that they can even extend a deadline if you have a valid reason. They want you to become a quality engineer and they will give their full support in the process. I truly feel that KTH loves me and that sense of belonging and a sense of being cared, that warm feeling like home, is not something you will get everywhere.
2. A TRUE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE
I think one of my major reason behind my decision to study abroad is to gain the international experience. Every country has the best grad school that one can study in, but some of us want to explore beyond. True education is certainly knowing about things that are beyond the books, it is about exploring the world, places, people, culture and eventually, in the process you will find your true self. It is a way of self-exploration I would say.
KTH in that way will give the true international experience. Unlike my friends who live in other countries where 40% of the class are Indians, 40 % being Chinese with the rest being the natives and often they end up hanging out with their own tribe, kinda ending up losing a significant point behind the abroad studies. There is a very healthy mix of people here at KTH. Name a country in the world and I bet you would find a student from that country in every class at KTH. Since the Europeans are so fond of exchange programs, one can spot a lot of Europeans at KTH, a handful of Indians, few from the USA, China, Australia, Africa, a handful from the south-east Asian countries. The point is, the mix is very healthy. You will end up making a lot of International friends just like I have now.
Especially if you happen to be a part of any student project team, like the KTH Formula Student team that I am in, then there is no one that can stop you from your international experience. It is quite interesting to know people, their culture and value systems. It is a very mind-blowing and eye-opening experience when you get over your stereotypes and begin to feel that togetherness. it is sometimes funny to pick up accents and more fun when you have this one friend in the gang who switches between accents when a storm like french girl walks by. ROFL!
3. A SAFE, RELAXED AND SERENE COUNTRY
Sweden is a cold country indeed but the people here are super warm and welcoming. It is true that Swedes are very difficult to gel with because of their shy nature, but once you have successfully broken the ice you would have made a friend for your life. I have some amazing Swedish friends here. I wouldn’t be surprised if you found your true love of your life here. That would be interesting! 😀
Sweden is a country that focuses on its people. It is a social welfare model here that believes in a healthy and happy living standard. Sweden has strict rules against firearms and weapons. I have walked from the garage to my apartment at 3 AM when it was dark as a dungeon and it was super safe! You will feel very safe in Sweden!
There is so much nature around. The forests, pristine lakes, beaches, the lovely winter snow and shimmery summer sun, Sweden is undeniably one of the most beautiful countries one can be in. Every season is a work of art by nature and will make you feel like you’re living in heaven. Ice skating, skiing, snowboarding, swimming, running! OMG! There is so much to do in Sweden!
4. JOB OPPORTUNITIES
So, now we’are talking. Let me be fair and Honest. Stockholm is a costly city and it is quite expensive to study here if you don’t have a scholarship. So it is very natural that we want to stay here a bit longer to gain some work experience and finish off that heck of a student loan that each of us has. The good news is, it’s very easy! Of course with a bit of an effort.
Sweden has abundant job opportunities. There are start-ups sprouting everywhere and they want to hire talented people. If you are talented then it is not at all difficult to find your dream job in Sweden. No, Swedish language is not mandatory to know, but it helps. Why not learn a new language when you’re going to stay in this country for that many years? Finding a job in Sweden is all about networking. If you’re someone who can initiate a conversation at those job fairs and expos. Then, fear not you’ll have a Job before you even start your Thesis. Also, as a KTH student you will always have that edge over others. You don’t need to have A grades on all your paper to find a job btw. Companies will be willing to hire you even if you have few papers remaining and will also let you take a week or two off at work to give your exams. They are super chilled out and relaxed. Btw, there aren’t any strict VISA procedures to stay here, it’s quite easy if you’re a genuine student staying here for a valid reason. Also, no queue or lottery-like mess too 😉 It is pretty straightforward.
There are a couple of part-time jobs as well. As a Research assistant or teaching assistant at KTH, or as a food delivery person, or a customer assistant at Saravanaa Bhavan, there are many part-time jobs that you can do. All these jobs will pay you quite well actually. I know a lot of people who cover their total living expense and also travel around Europe by only using their part-time job salary. Also, traveling around Europe is so easy and less expensive. Therefore, A degree at KTH is an investment and not an expenditure. It will open the windows to a new and better world. So, don’t over think. You have got it in you to handle this 🙂
The above are the four big buckets I can think of to categorize my experience here at KTH. If I have missed something, do let me know in the comment section and we can discuss a bit about it for sure 🙂
Here are few more reasons why you should apply to KTH
Some of the programmes might have an extended deadline to submit your documents. Please check that. So do apply within the two days now if you haven’t yet. I assure you that you will appreciate yourself for this decision you make today. 🙂
This week we had the most talked about event at KTH, The Armada! THS Armada is Scandinavia’s largest career fair organized by the student union of KTH, Tekniska Högskolans Studentkår. This 2-day career festival brings together 171 companies at one place and attracts about 12000 students every year from across Sweden.
PC : Team Armada
A unique opportunity for students to interact with the companies regarding their summer jobs, internships, master thesis, part-time jobs and even full-time jobs after graduation. I wanted to write about Armada earlier but I decided to experience it in the first place. So, today, I’m going to be sharing my experience with you.
Know Your Companies
Coming from a different country, most of us do not know the companies that operate here in Sweden. I personally felt that Armada was an extremely good opportunity to get a list of all those companies that were of my interest.
PC : Nayanika Bhalla
For example, I study Electric Power Engineering, while my interests lie in electric vehicles. A simple google search would list out so many companies that belong to the power industry, but at Armada, I was able to meet those companies that were exclusively dealing with making something or the other for Electric vehicles in particular. I was able to know the details about their projects which helped me understand the company and also the opportunity for me in that company.
Apart from knowing the list, I also got to know how to apply to them, the deadlines and the entire process. Most of the companies had internship and summer job opportunities, while many had student training programmes where you can do your summer job, get guidance from a dedicated mentor, master thesis opportunity and also a possibility of ending up in a job. Such student programmes give you a long affiliation with the company, an opportunity to learn about them, their projects and work culture while still at school, makes things so much easier at the end.
The Networking Opportunity
As an Indian, I am used to the concept of the placement process, where the companies visit the university to hire people directly. But, things are way different in Sweden. It didn’t take me long to realize that Job hunts here mostly work on your networking skills. Of course, you can apply directly to the company’s career page but networking make things easy I would say because you get to understand how things roll in the company and can prepare yourself accordingly.
PC: Nayanika Bhalla
Such networking opportunities are not an everyday thing. It is only at career fairs like this you get to meet the representatives of the companies that present you with the opportunity to expand your contact list. With 171 companies in one place, Armada definitely gave me a good list of contacts.
I do feel that one must build on the contacts we get at Armada. In a student’s perspective, it was 171 companies in 2 days but for them, it was 12000 students in 2 days. So it is important as to how we take things forward.
While networking and job hunt is on one side, freebie hunt is definitely another good reason to be at Armada. There was an eternal supply of candies throughout the time! 😄 😋 Not to mention pens. I collected pens that would go for the entire year! Did I tell you about the pen drives and power banks? Yes, they also gave away such tech goodies! Notebooks, notepads, reflectors, t-shirts, highlighters, water bottles and even toothbrushes!
PC: Nayanika Bhalla
I was at Armada only for 3 hours because of my clashing schedule and those three hours were truly significant. I would recommend everyone to visit each company’s stall to at least know what they are doing and to find if there would be anything relevant to your area of interest. You never know until you talk to them! But, if you know that it is not your place, don’t be there just for the goodies, instead use the time to network with relevant companies and give the space to some other student who would benefit. This was something I saw across Armada that students would flock around the stall just to play games and win goodies which meant one opportunity less for someone else. Such small acts can make a big difference.
Armada wasn’t only about the career fair. There were many more events that were immensely useful to students searching for summer jobs or full-time jobs, like Armada talks, lunch lectures, where representatives gave an hour presentation about their company, internship pitches, a banquet night, Armada innovation night and even Armada run. Such events undoubtedly open doors to a great beginning.
Together ahead indeed! PC : Team Armada
Sweden is a land of opportunities. And, KTH will make sure you have all the opportunity right on the campus premises. It will be wise to make use of them the best. I met students at Armada who had come all the way from Gothenburg and Uppsala, and that is how much Armada is being valued. I hope you made the best out of Armada. If you didn’t, don’t worry, there is another one coming up next year! Now, I’m feeling very positive about the job prospects in Sweden, I hope you do too.