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A year in London with the Stena Scholarship

The day after completing his Bachelor’s degree, Stefan Westman found himself in London, thanks to a scholarship from Stena. The scholarship aims to stimulate young business talents,and Stefan could look forward to a year at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce.

Stefan Westman

It takes around 25 minutes to cycle from his Shoreditch home to the Chamber of Commerce on Montagu Street, just a stone’s throw away from Baker Street in central London. Upon arrival, a number of assignments await.

“My job is to recruit and take care of member companies. It may involve mediating contacts or planning one of the many branch events we conduct. I also take care of the Young Professionals Network that includes around 300 young Swedes working in London,” Stefan Westman explains.

Driven scholarship holder

Stefan Westman studied the Programme in Business and Economics with a language orientation, specializing in International Business. He has also shown himself to be both driven and entrepreneurial.

“During my studies, I was active in the student-run communications agency,
HandelsMarketing. I also started an e-commerce business together with two other students from the School. I think this played a large part in being awarded the scholarship,” says Stefan Westman.

Trained in international business culture

The scholarship year ends in the summer. What experiences will you be taking with you?

“I have had the benefit of meeting many decision makers and have practised pitching different concepts to them. I have also experienced international corporate culture; how meetings are carried out and how sales are conducted. I will take this, and many other things, with me. But we’ll see if I return home. It might also be staying” says Stefan Westman.


SCHOLARSHIP FOR INTERNSHIP AT THE SWEDISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The scholarship is awarded by the Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture, and can be applied to by students studying the School’s Programme in Business and Economics. The scholarship includes a year-long internship at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in London, and SEK 200,000.

This is an article from the School's Magazine 2017
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