Anna works as a Manager at Scania
Anna Darth graduated from the master’s programme in Engineering Mechanics (Solid Mechanics track) in 2014. Since she graduated, she has been working for the Swedish vehicle manufacturer Scania.
Hi Anna, what are you working with today?
I work at Scania in Södertälje and have done so for almost five years. Currently, I’m the Manager for a design group responsible for the truck load bearing structure and suspension.
What can a regular day look like at your job?
I most often arrive at work between 7 and 8 am and start the day by saying hello to my workforce/colleagues who are already here. I then check my emails and schedule for the day. The first planned activity is a short meeting with my group at which we update each other on what is happening on a day-to-day basis. Following that, I meet with the management group where I relay and get important information. The remainder of the day involves a variety of tasks, including checking in with my workforce, technical meetings and planning meetings. I strive to be at my desk as much as possible so that my workforce feel they can regularly ask questions and discuss issues with me.
Have you worked with anything else since you graduated?
I began at Scania as a CAE engineer in the Dynamics and Strength Group, which was directly related to what I studied. I was in that role for about three years and learnt a lot. After those three valuable years, I wanted to broaden my understanding of Scania’s processes, from the first feature drawn in CATIA to the final product being delivered to customers. Therefore, I chose to become an Object Manager, a type of project manager. That gave me the opportunity to work across departments with R&D, Purchasing, Marketing and Production, as well as to establish a larger professional network and begin my journey towards a leadership role. After about one year as Object Manager, I was offered the position of Group Manager and jumped at the chance because I am passionate about leadership and helping others to develop.
Why did you choose this programme at KTH?
Mathematics and science were my favourite subjects in elementary school, so I knew from an early age that I wanted to be an engineer. I chose to study science at high school, and because I didn’t feel I needed a break, I continued with tertiary studies directly. My first choice of university program was Industrial Economics, which appealed to me because of the combination of mechanical engineering and economics. Unfortunately, however, I was not accepted. My second choice was Mechanical Engineering because it is a broad programme which would allow me to specialise in Industrial Economics. After completing the basic courses for Solid Mechanics I was captivated, so the choice to complete my Master’s degree within the same field was a given. I have not regretted that decision for one second.
Are there any insights or knowledge you acquired during your studies that have been particularly useful for you in your career?
It is essential to work with something that is fun, challenging and which can help in personal development. Dare to change your plans, like I did with my choice of specialisation. And dare to try something new.
What is your best memory from your time at university?
Everybody I met, both fellow students and teachers. I have gained friends for life, and I even met my husband at KTH.
What are your plans for the future?
My plan for the future is to continue working at Scania and to further develop as a leader, and to hopefully progress in the Scania organisation in leadership roles.
What would you say to a student thinking of applying for this programme?
If you would like a broad and high-quality university education, then Mechanical Engineering is a very good choice. Students gain a solid base in engineering science, which can lead to any number of possible specialisations. You are guaranteed to find something that suits you! Furthermore, Mechanical Engineering is an extremely fun section where a lot happens, which most definitely makes student life more fun!