Read our Q&A with Oscar Noren, an EF 360 Global Management trainee working with High School Exchange Year.
Why did you decide to apply for the EF 360 Global Management trainee program and what was the process like?
I decided to apply for the EF 360 Global Management Trainee program mainly due to three reasons. Firstly, the international opportunities which are unmatched. Secondly, the entrepreneurial spirit, which is shown by the quick decision making processes. Lastly, but maybe most importantly, I truly believe in EF´s mission of opening the world through education.
The process was quite extensive with one video interview, two personal interviews, personality and numerical test before I was invited to the assessment day which was a day full with interviews, presentations and cases.
What’s the life of a 360 trainee like at EF High School Exchange Year?
Besides a lot of traveling (8 countries so far!), I also feel very privileged to work with our sales, marketing and business intelligence departments. At the moment I am working on several projects which range from customer engagement to a new sales analysis report in Power BI.
You take part in pretty much every sport EF organizes!
Sports has always been a big part of my life and I really love how sporty EF is. I mean, how many companies have their own pro cycling team? But besides using the office gym and attending the HSEY group workouts (!), I try to play table tennis often and I also play in EF´s futsal team. I think it is a great way to meet colleagues from different products and it is also a great way to clear your head after a busy day.
What do you like most about working at EF?
Definitely the people. It might sound cliché but I think the culture and the people at EF are truly something special. I have never experienced the same feeling going to work at previous internships or companies. Also, working at a company whose mission you feel passionate about makes it a lot more fun.
How do you like living in Switzerland?
Love it! It´s so nice that you can cycle everywhere and that it is so close to nature and the Alps. I think 50% of my weekends in Switzerland I have been hiking or something similar. Zurich as a city has impressed me with a lot of nice restaurants and bars. But there is one thing I really don't like - the prices!
A favorite place or city: Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
A guilty pleasure: Popcorn
A language you'd like to learn: Spanish fluently
A life quote: "Don´t worry, it will be alright"
A superpower you'd love to have: To fly