by Christoph Haslehner - Junior Systems Designer
It’s been approximately three years now since I left Sweden after my expatriation of more than one year in Gothenburg (Sweden). It was a really new and exciting experience for me. I remember that it wasn’t an easy decision for me to go abroad, as I couldn’t really imagine how it will be exactly to live alone in a completely new country, without knowing anyone there. I asked myself quite often how it should work out to get to know new people, because I didn’t want to sit alone at home all the time. But on the other hand, I was very curious to find out how it is to live in another county. I didn’t want to miss that experience in my life. In the end, the feeling that I would always ask myself why I didn’t use that big opportunity and the curiosity to explore something new was stronger than all my doubts, so I decided to accept the challenge. It turned out that all my doubts were unjustified. Participating at Swedish courses was quite useful to get to know new people in the same situation. There was also an expat group in Gothenburg where I found lots of friends with whom I hung out in my spare time. So believe me, it was never boring.
Gothenburg is a really nice city, which is very close to the sea. There are many restaurants and bars, the amusement park Liseberg and the big park Slottskogen with a zoo. It’s possible to reach the sea with public means of transport in approx. 30 minutes. From there on you can go to the different islands of the famous archipelago of Gothenburg by boats, which are part of the public transport as well.
The TGW unit itself was quite new when I arrived there. We were only three guys, and many things had to be organized for the start up, as the office was almost empty at that time. Beside the general stuff we were also working on a couple of projects. For our first project, we had to make many different variants in order to meet the expectations and the budget of the customer. It happened quite often that we were standing in front of the whiteboard, discussing about different possibilities, drawing up our ideas and checking how we could get forward to the best solution. It was really important for TGW Scandinavia to get that first order, but it wasn’t easy. But due to our good preparation we were able to convince the customer that our solution was the best option. They were even wondering why our solution seemed to be rather straightforward. In the end we were able to win that order for TGW Scandinavia. After some months the unit started to grow and TGW Scandinavia opened an office in Denmark. All in all it was always exciting and also funny to work in Sweden. Little jokes were part of the daily work as well as good discussions about the business. During my time in Sweden we were able to win four interesting projects in three different countries.