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2015-04-16 Linda Karlsson, Controller, Support and Service
I can’t believe how fast six weeks can pass by. It has been a journey of beautiful nature and wildlife, warm and welcoming colleges, interesting tasking and great food! My name is Linda and I’m a graduate trainee at Saab who just spent six weeks at Saab Grintek Defence in South Africa.
Saab Grintek Defence is a company that was bought as a part of the offset deal when Gripen was sold to South Africa. They mainly focus on the Electronic Warfare and Avionics business but also different kind of support and services solutions. I, as I am a part of Support and Service in Sweden, spent my time with the Support Solutions department. Since I am a Business controller my focus lay of course to the numbers of the business. My assignment consisted of creating a summary of the financial metrics of the business activities. It was all presented in a dashboard to be used as a management tool.
Apart from work, living in South Africa has been a real adventure. It’s truly a country with two faces still affected by its recent history. It’s a beautiful country with a charming mix of western and African culture, but the downside is the poverty and segregation still existing. Luckily I had the time to travel around and discover the beauty of South Africa in the weekends, so me and Andreas (another trainee visiting SA) had a busy schedule to accomplish. One weekend we went on safari to the Krüger Park and saw animals like lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalos and impalas. So exciting! Another weekend we went to Cape Town to see the naval fleet of SA. Of course we also had the time to visit the Cape point, Table Mountain, Stellenbosch and the penguins on Boulder’s Beach.
It’s been amazing to get the opportunity to experience all these things and the good part is that it’s not over yet. I have another six weeks in Bangkok to experience before I go back home to Sweden!
2015-03-17 Stefan Furenbäck, Systems Engineer, Aeronautics
This week I had the opportunity to visit my colleagues in Kenya. A week filled with experiences, some more welcome than others. If I could I would for example choose not to have the passenger next to me suffer from an attack on the flight to Nairobi. I, Stefan Furenbäck, will in the text below tell you about that, my assignment and other experiences from my week in Kenya.
In an earlier post I talked about a week spent in the woods with our live training system. This advanced laser tag is being prepared, monitored and evaluated using a piece of software from Saab. This system is being used by many different customers from different countries in the world. My assignment is to meet with some of the users of this system to make sure that we live up to their needs and requirements regarding different topics. Given my background, the biggest topic of discussion has been the presentation on the screen and making sure that the system is user friendly. The result will be a report with my findings together with suggestions on how to deal with them. I will also present a mock-up of how I think one can enhance the visual presentation on the screen. I have been placed in London and from there travelled to meet with users, users which consist of both Saab and military personnel. These travels have led me to the beautiful nature in Wales, a long road trip through the Netherlands listening to the local radio and I am to visit our Swedish site once more when I get back to Sweden. I also visited a snowy Norway while Sweden hosted the 2015 Nordic World Ski Championships. And I was lucky that they let me out of the country after being the only swede in a lunch room filled with Norwegian military when Sweden got a gold medal instead of them...
But this week it was time to visit Kenya and I looked forward to a week filled with experiences. But I would never have guessed that the experiences would start on the flight from London to Nairobi. Not so long after take-off the man next to me collapsed in his seat, only to start having some kind of seizure. While he drifted in and out of consciousness I remembered my training to get him responsive while making sure to keep free airways. After a little while he recovered and was able to speak and breathe normally. He was then looked after by the staff as I talked with his chocked wife and made sure she calmed down. I have prepared myself in many ways for this trip, including on how to act in emergencies. But I was hoping to never put that training to use. In Nairobi I had to change to another, and much smaller, airplane for transportation to Nanyuki and my final destination.
In Nanyuki we support the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) in their exercises using our system. That means we support them with equipment as well as help them plan, operate and evaluate the exercises. So in order to meet with the users I had to travel from the local site on bumpy roads out to their camps. It's not like they have smooth highways, so even though it may not be that far it takes time to travel. On the way there I had the opportunity to spot elephants, giraffes, zebras and a lot of other animals I have only seen at the zoo before.
I feel lucky if I spot a deer or perhaps even an elk at home, so I really appreciated this “safari”. The weather was warm and sunny and a big contrast to my trip to Norway the week before. But when we arrived to the camp I was glad to be able to get some shade. They had Saab’s Barracuda camouflage which really helped keeping the temperature down.
After a couple of days filled with work it was time to head back to London. By a major coincidence I happened to meet up with the man and his wife from the previous flight during my flight from Nanyuki back to Nairobi. It felt good to see that he was still okay and that they had been able to enjoy their trip after all. All in all it was a great week with a lot of sun and nice and friendly co-workers that made sure I enjoyed my stay. Now I have a couple of weeks left in London before I head back to family and friends in Sweden, but I will remember and appreciate this opportunity for a long time. I want to thank everyone that has helped me coordinate these travels, making sure I feel welcome on my visits and taken their time to partake in my interviews. But after more than two months at different hotels, I really look forward to cook my own food and meet everyone back home.
2015-02-04 Jacob Bodur, Business Controller, Electronic Defense Systems
Prague – Warsaw – Prague – Ankara – Prague – London – Prague. Looking at that six day itinerary, one would think I am chased by Interpol, but no, I am just a graduate at Saab. Folks, my name is Jacob Bodur and I will tell you, in my usual honest spirit, about bits and parts of this magnificent, introductory week I experienced under my placement abroad in Prague, Czech Republic.
In 2013, Saab implemented a Market Area (MA) organisation to expand our global reach and get closer, culturally, geographically and socially to the customer abroad. This extended arm sort of functions like a hoop-net for our operative colleagues back home in Sweden to weave in the cash. To break things down further, I am currently working as an Acting Business Controller for Central and Eastern Europe within this organisation. As part of my assignment abroad, I spent the first week on the road getting introduced to our main hubs in the region and the respective markets in which they operate.
The two day stay in Ankara was enlightening to say the least. I was greeted at the office by the indigenous country manager and head of segment for the Air domain, both good, good people. We spent the first day discussing the Turkish market, the business outlook, politics, current events and professional culture that applies locally. Working with finances, you don’t normally get to do this particularly often, and I feel grateful for the opportunity to go outside the confines of financial responsibilities as a graduate trainee. Enough sentimentally for now though. The following day was spent, in parts, at the Swedish embassy with representatives that facilitate Swedish business in Turkey. After some customary business related gossip, I was offered five minutes with the Ambassador. I was called into his office, he sat there in an armchair, legs crossed with a heap of documents in his lap. Sliding down his glasses while casting an intimidating look at me across the room, “I heard you have some questions for me?”. Do I? I thought to myself. I was thrown into his office, admittedly embarrassing, now knowing what an ambassador actually does. The only words I could muster was; “what do you do in your line of work?”. In retrospect, this line proved to be genius since it set off good banter between us that set the mood for a rewarding discussion on the future of Turkey and EU before I was urged out the door.
Next stop was London for a meeting with two colleagues of the Business Support staff. The office was conveniently located in the heart of London, which allowed for my customary half-hearted shopping stroll that usually leaves me empty handed and more frustrated than anything. During this meeting, we were educated about our financial reporting software that consolidates the numbers within the group. We also took some time to discuss management´s expectations on me during my time in Prague, and what specific issues I could dig deeper into. This of course in parallel to the daily tasks of the previously mentioned role I was flown over to undertake.
Anyway, I will conclude (in a choppy fashion) with some lessons learned during this relatively short but intensive period. Don’t ever book window or aisle seat on a plane if you like reading. I have learned this the hard way, by choosing the middle seat (if possible) you strategically split up any couple of colleagues, friends or lovers that potentially is overly talkative and noisy. God, that sounds really grumpy. Never take anybody’s word for how a socioculture is and isn’t, the answer is always relative. Just be yourself and tread lightly. I have always had a rather skeptical view on work in sales, this is slowly changing for the better the more exposure I have to it. Our complex nature of business makes sales in the MA arena different to any other industry, I look forward to seeing more of this part of the operations at Saab.
Being a graduate at Saab constantly exposes me to new people, leaders, functions, methods or even countries, which allows for a rapid personal growth. I have had flattering remarks from people around me that have attested to this. It’s almost as if you could physically feel the growth, whether that be due to a stronger spine or excessive takeaways on the road, only time will tell.
2014-12-15 Felicia Lai Jakobsson, Industrialisation Manager, Aeronautics
Tudo bem? Como vai? Eu trabalho na Saab! Meaning: everything fine? How are you? I work at Saab! Last week I had my eighth lesson in Portuguese! This is one part of the preparations for my assignment abroad. In the end of the trainee programme we have a couple of months of assignment abroad to enlighten our international perspective of Saab and gain an understanding of cultural differences and working across cultures.
Hi, my name is Felicia and I’m one out of ten graduate trainees here at Saab. My field of work will be industrialization at Aeronautics, which basically means transfer a project from theory to serial production. In January I will go to Brazil to work with the Gripen project! Learning Portuguese is one step closer to being in Brazil and getting to know the local culture. The purpose of this course is to learn “everyday” language, for example to ask for direction or to order in a restaurant. I really enjoy learning Portuguese and to be able to do that at work is a great privilege!
Another preparation for the assignment abroad was a Business across culture course. This was adapted for the whole trainee group, taking place during a group seminar week where the theme was multicultural understanding. We learned a lot about different cultures around the world since the assignment abroad can be anywhere where Saab is, meaning Australia, Czech Rep, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, North America, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand etc.
My latest preparation was a Deployment Ready Training. During this course I learned about how to think and take care of myself and colleagues during work in a different environment with for example tropical diseases and hospitals out of reach.
Acting car accident
This also included CPR and lifting techniques. After some repetition of the L-A(c)BCDE (Life threatening situation, Airway, cervical spine injury, Breathing, Circulation, Disability and Exposure) we practiced the procedure on another participant. The final exam was a trauma-setup where half of the class acted traumatized and the other half got the task to save them and find their injuries. Overall, this was a useful class for both assignments abroad and my everyday life!
With all these courses and the knowledge I have gained, I feel well prepared for my assignment abroad and I am really looking forward to January when this adventure begins!
2014-11-20 Stefan Furenbäck, Systems Engineer, Aeronautics
Last week I spent the majority of my time outside in a damp forest, and I loved it!
Me looking stylish (and wet) in a yellow hard hat
Saab Training and Simulation (SDS) offer a wide array of training capabilities, one of them being a live training system. With the ability to equip weapons and units with sensors and lasers, one can track the movement and firing of units during an exercise. Think of it as advanced laser tag! All information is logged in real-time, giving the operators the ability to bookmark certain happenings as well as evaluate the exercise after completion. The Swedish Armed Forces has access to an Urban Operations Training (MOUT), a village built for the purpose to train the full spectrum of fire and maneuver from open to urban terrain.
I had the chance to partake in an exercise for the Nordic Battlegroup (NBG). NBG consists of 2 400 people from Finland, Ireland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and with the majority from Sweden. A part of this group would participate in an exercise around and in the previous mentioned village. Most of my tasks had to do with preparing the units and environment for this exercise. First we had to raise an additional radio tower to cover a bigger simulation area than usual. This was a bit tricky, but eventually we got it in place.
The radio tower in place
We also had to travel deep into the woods to give the units their simulation equipment. It was a bit unreal to be standing in a muddy road in the middle of nowhere, helicopters hovering above our heads and military vehicles driving around as we deal out vests to the units. After additional preparations, it was time for the exercise to begin. That meant keeping an eye on the units with our computers, tracking their movements as they react on things that happen in the exercise. Unfortunately I missed when the units entered the village, but I will make sure that I will be able to attain future exercises.
Me with a vest, helmet and weapon of choice
For more information, watch this video on a demonstration of the village.
Overview of our Live Training System
2014-10-8 Erik Claug, Trainee Software Architect, Aeronautics
The aim of this blog is of course to get people interested in working at Saab. Another thing Saab does to attract new young employees is to engage in activities with universities. One way Saab does this is by cooperating with LinTek, the student union at the Institute of Technology at Linköping University.
This gave me and Stefan from the Traineeprogram the chance to attend their yearly dinner where they thank everyone who has been engaged within their activities during the year. We also got to eat some nice food and were entertained by various student associations. We had the chance to talk to a lot of students. Many of them were curious about Saab and the Traineeprogram and we were glad to answer their questions.
This evening gave us a chance to get to know other people at Saab at the same time as we could promote Saab to students. Both Stefan and I were happy about the evening even if we were a bit tired since we just got home from a very interesting week in Karlskoga.
2014-09-23 Erik Claug, Trainee Software Architect, Aeronautics.
About every four weeks all of us Trainees meet at one of Saabs locations. One of those places is Karlskoga. It is the home of the Swedish industry Bofors. Today Saab owns some parts of Bofors and this is called Saab Dynamics. None of us Trainees this year work at Dynamics so this week’s experiences would be new to all of us.
During this week we had an education called Business Decisions where we ran a company during three days. It was a combination of a game and education which made it both fun and taught us a lot of things. It also brought out some competitive instinct in us. We also got to meet many interesting people, like the president of Dynamics who told us about the Business Area and about his career. We got to see some interesting labs where they work on simulators and see some of the products. One evening we went to the Alfred Nobel museum where we got to know more about the history of Bofors and Alfred Nobel. The museum is located in Alfred Nobel’s old home Björkborn. It was really beautiful. Oh and we also got to meet Alfred Nobel himself!
On the last day of our stay in Karlskoga we visited BAE Systems who also own some parts of old Bofors. There we got to know about the company which differs quite a lot from Saab even though we work in the same industry. They also showed us their products which was very exciting. When talking about exciting, we started the day by going to Bofors Test Center where we got to try the Carl Gustaf system.
To sum it up, this week had it all! We had some interesting and fun education, we got to learn about one important part of Sweden’s industrial history and we got to try one of the products. After this week most of us were tired from all of the impressions and more than one of us fell asleep in the car back home.
2014-09-10 Stefan Furenbäck, Systems Engineer, Aeronautics
A calm and peaceful deer, that’s the first thing I see when I exit my car on the parking lot. Calm and peaceful, these feelings will be my companions for the remainder of my day.
I have switched my usual office space to be part of outdoor tests of the Seaeye Sabertooth in Motala. I am visiting Underwater Systems, a business unit within the business area Dynamics. The Sabertooth is the equivalent of a helicopter in the water, a hybrid between an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV). Six degrees of freedom, hovering capabilities and remote control makes it ideal for investigating our waters. It is for example used for autonomous inspection, maintenance and repair of subsea installations, tunnel inspections and offshore survey work. Perfect weather conditions and anticipation puts a smile on my face as I approach the docks.
We head out to our destination for the day. This gives us time for briefing and preparations for the tests. There is also time to just enjoy the beautiful day, as can be seen above.
When we have reached our destination and made all necessary preparations it is time to put the beauty in the water. It is done with a large crane, lifting the Sabertooth off the boat and into the water.
The Sabertooth can be controlled with a remote controller, as seen in the picture. It is used to calibrate the system and steer it away from the boat. This picture is taken just moments before the Sabertooth dives and enters an autonomous route, preprogrammed for the test.
Now we wait for the Sabertooth to complete its mission. We have to look out so fishermen don’t get a bigger fish than they had hoped for. If they get too close we drive off in a smaller boat and warn them. But other than that, we can go on with other work. Since we have to keep a look out for other boats we are unfortunately forced to spend our lunch barbequing on the deck. Tough luck, but what to do…
The mission was a success, and after one more test we are ready to head home. It was a long day which I will remember when I am sitting in my office. As I drive back to Linköping I reflect on this calm and peaceful day on the sea and the possibilities with the Sabertooth. I end with a picture of me in a very heavy diving helmet I found below deck. Work hard, play hard.
More information about Sabertooth
2014-05-20 Stefan Furenbäck, Systems Engineer, Aeronautics
Last week, I flew Gripen. I have to say that I was a bit nervous when I climbed into the narrow cockpit. I followed the procedure to start the aircraft, patiently flipping the right switch in the right sequence. Suddenly, it was time to take off. With hands on throttle and stick I took a deep breath before giving it full speed. When I had enough momentum I pulled the stick towards me and started soaring up into the sky. It was a perfect day without a cloud in the sky and I could really appreciate the view.
After some sightseeing it was time to head home. A bad feeling started growing inside me; I knew that I wasn’t ready for this. I started to descend and focused on the landing strip. Did I have the right speed? How about the altitude? Did I have the right angle? I had gotten instructions on how to read the instruments, but I could feel the knowledge slipping away for every bit I got closer to landing. I decided to ignore the instruments and instead land on pure feeling. How hard could it be?
Needless to say, I crashed. And not just a little crash with a little dent somewhere, I crashed hard. It seems that the instructions and instruments were there for a reason. Lucky for me, it was just a simulation.
My name is Stefan Furenbäck and I have the privilege to be working within Simulators, Training and Support at Saab. As a part of the trainee program I have the opportunity to look around in my department and get a wider view of what we are doing.
We at Saab have several kinds of simulators, and the one I tried in this case was the Mission Trainer. It is used for everyday training for operational pilots and for mission rehearsals. It is very important that a pilot has been properly prepared and briefed for a mission. The Mission Trainer provides an aircraft simulation together with a realistic environment in order for the pilot to be fully prepared for mission success. The simulator can train a pilot in everything from basic training to tactical training in more complex scenarios with multiple targets. And this is important. Sure, I can describe it as a big, immersive game with a great wow factor. But the most important thing is that it is a saviour. It is a saviour of lives. After my catastrophe of a landing I could just restart the simulation. One cannot do that in real life. Complex situations can be simulated and trained so that the pilots can make better decisions when they are up in the air. It is also a saviour of the environment. In a world where environmentally questions are raised every day, it is important to look at our footprints in the nature. With simulations we can minimize our impact on the environment and do more training on the ground.
What is the future for our simulators at Saab and simulators in general? I believe that this is truly a fascinating field and that more and more things are going to be simulated in the future. The virtual environments are finally taking the step out of our arcade halls and into our professional training. How about taking your driving licence in a simulator, trying to navigate your way through a traffic heavy New York? They say that the sky is the limit, but I think we can aim even higher than that in this case. But until then I think I will focus on my landing skills, even if it is just a bad excuse to get up in the air again. Maybe I will try giving the instruments a chance this time. I can always restart if something goes wrong.
2014-04-29 Josefine Ståhl, Project Manager, Group Function ICT
My name is Josefine Ståhl and I started working at Saab in February 2014. I’m currently in the trainee programme and after this trainee year I will start working as a project manager at ICT, Group Function.
Last week the trainee group of 2014 gathered in Linköping for our third seminar week, since the start of the trainee program in February. The week started off with us meeting up with the trainee group for 2013 that have just finished their trainee year. The trainee group of 2013 presented what they have done during the year and told us a lot of interesting things about which study visits they had done, assignment periods in Sweden, assignments abroad and other experiences they have had. The day ended with a nice dinner at a restaurant in Linköping where we had time to get to know each other better and exchange ideas and experiences.
Dinner with trainees from 2013
The rest of the seminar week we got to listen to a lot of interesting presentations by people representing different Business Areas at Saab and we got to do study visits at different parts of Saab, for example the final assembly of Gripen and Saab Underwater Systems. We also had a two day course in communication and personal impact which was really rewarding and inspiring. We learned a lot about how to think and act in different complicated situations where communication plays a big part in how well you succeed. We also got to practice on how to perform presentations and how to make a bigger personal impact using different methods.
The third seminar week was really great (as they all have been), meeting up with the trainee group again, meeting the trainees from last year and we got to see and do a lot of very interesting things including the study visits and communication course. Now follows a four week assignment period where we all go out to different Business Areas to learn more about the company and perform different assignments before we meet up again for seminar week four in Karlskoga week 20.
2014-04-23 Alexander P.Westerhagen, Systems Engineer Communication and Data Link, Aeronautics
As a trainee at Saab I have the opportunity to move from one business area to another, which enables me to learn about the company and simultaneously build a network of contacts. Now, the turn has come to visit the Skeldar project, which is an unmanned fully autonomous aerial vehicle (UAV) aimed to provide real-time intelligence and surveillance.
Entering the Skeldar building in the morning, already a frenetic effort is underway to make sure that nothing has been overlooked before setting off to the testing area. This gives me the chance to have a closer look at the UAV itself. Initially, I am surprised by its actual size, it is much larger than I first expected somewhere in the excess of 5 meters in length and weighs in at around 200 kg. The design is modular and can handle different payloads depending on the needs. I find my thoughts wandering somewhat while trying to figure out the specialties of the engineers involved in its development. Needless to say, it is an impressive piece of technology and looks as if it was already moving when standing still.
I am snapped back from my daydreaming when I hear one of the engineers say “we’re finished let’s load it up”. Shortly after the UAV is loaded onto a trailer and we are on our way to the flight test area. To my great disappointment I’m informed that the flight won’t actually occur until later in the afternoon, dozens of pre-flight checks and mission planning tasks need to be sorted out first. I can feel my impatience growing stronger and try to moderate myself by talking to some of the other people present. Everyone has a different background from pilot to engineer and mechanic. To work with Skeldar one moved here from the US, another from the UK and several others from different places in Sweden.
Regardless of their place of origin one thing is certain they all love their work and wouldn’t want to give it up. At first I am overwhelmed by their dedication. However, while quietly contemplating my own mindset I find myself sharing their beliefs to a much greater extent than I initially thought. With each day that passes I become more and more familiar with the products and the people that make them. During my year as a trainee I actually feel privileged to be able to meet so many of them and also fascinated by their stories.
Getting back to Skeldar, this particular day is perfect for a test flight. Today the sun is shining and it is not particularly windy, unlike most other early spring days in Sweden. The weather is almost too perfect for Skeldar which has the capacity for heavy winds and severe weather conditions.
At last, everything checks out and it’s time to fly. For security reasons we are instructed to move away from the UAV, which we happily comply with. The moment I’ve been waiting for is here. I relocate myself to the designated area and impatiently await the take-off. Shortly thereafter the engine comes to life exchanging the total silence a few moments earlier with a vibrating anticipation. The rotor starts spinning up and the sharp blades cut through the air effortlessly. I can barely suppress my excitement and do my best not to miss anything. Then suddenly I hear the words take-off from the pilot operating the UAV and as clockwork Skeldar takes off. It lifts to a few meters height and hovers for a while before slowly beginning to fly forward. From the distance it looks like a predator stalking its prey and I am washed over by a feeling of accomplishment. Even though I haven’t been a part of its development I feel proud to be part of a company that can accomplish such a project successfully.
2014-04-01 Johan Alexandersson, Commercial, Security and Defence Solutions
In March this year I had the privilege to go to the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition, or DIMDEX, 2014. Saab took part in the exhibition with products suitable for the naval domain. An example of the products that was displayed during the exhibition is the 9LV Combat Management System, the Sea Giraffe AMB 3D-radar and the RBS 15 Surface-to-Surface Missile System.
I arrived in Doha two days before the opening of the exhibition and the work with getting the Saab stand ready started more or less immediately upon arrival. My main task during the pre-fair arrangements was to help out with setting up the Multi Function Console for the 9LV Combat Management System. As a contrast to the daily work for most of us, often working in front of a computer, it was real fun solving this more hands-on task together with my fellow Saab colleagues. At the same time I really learnt a lot about the 9LV Combat Management System.
Informing customers about Saabs naval offer
One moment during my trip to Doha I won't forget in the first case was when the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, visited the exhibition. It looked like he and his entourage of security personnel, camera crews and others, all-in-all at least 50 persons, almost floated around between the different stands, sometimes coming to a halt for a quick chat with the exhibitors. Everywhere the Emir moved and turned the crowd around him did the same.
Saab’s Erik Winberg and Joakim Wisén presenting the #Saab AEW&C system and the multi-role MPA at #dimdex2014 http://t.co/3IXXfENToF
— Saab AB (@Saab) 25 mars 2014
Except for pleasant and interesting chats with most of the representatives for the different products in Saabs naval offer I also got a greater understanding about the role of Saabs Market Area organization. The Market Area responsible for the Gulf-region is Market Area Europe and Greater Middle East. The men and women of the Market Areas are the "boots-on-the-ground" of Saabs sales and marketing organization. Watching and understanding the work with building long term relations with our customers and partners in the region strengthened my belief that the launch of the Market Area organization a few years ago really is the way ahead if Saab shall continue to be an important player on the defence and security market.
Third day at #DIMDEX2014. The Organizers Committee representative visits the #Saab stand. http://t.co/C8JuNd1xvz
— Saab AB (@Saab) 27 mars 2014
Looking back at my experiences from the DIMDEX-exhibition as well as all the other activities I have been involved in so far during my time as a trainee at Saab I realize how much I have learnt in such a short period of time. What's even better is that I still have got a lot of upcoming activities with plenty of opportunities to learn just as much and even more.