About Magdalena Akesson
Magdalena studied Development Engineering at University of Halmstad in Sweden and has a Bachelor of Economics and Marketing from the Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law. She began her career as a project manager for an innovation consultancy before joining the energy industry in 2009 as a Development Engineer at the Ringhals nuclear power plant in Sweden.
“I joined the nuclear industry at 27 at a time when most of the plant employees were male, much older and had a huge amount of experience! I had also had responsibility for a very large investment programme so it was a steep learning curve, but working alongside the operators and maintenance engineers in the plant quickly helped build my understanding.
My career has progressed rapidly since although I never really set out with a particular path in mind. I have been lucky to have had really good managers who have given me opportunities to progress and encouraged me to take part in talent management programmes. I think you have to have trust when someone sees potential in you that you perhaps don’t see in yourself.
I also didn’t think I would be a good manager but being appointed as a Program Manager for the large safety modernization program made me realized I loved developing people and handling difficult situations and that role really gave me the tools and the insight needed for my career since.
Shift in perception
My managers over the years have helped me progress rapidly so I take a special interest in meeting the young people who now join our business. It is fascinating to see just how many applied to Vattenfall because they want to contribute to our fossil-free mission and how they also recognize nuclear as being an important part of the solution.
As a single mother with a young daughter, Vattenfall has always been very flexible and given me the freedom to be able to balance my work responsibilities with home life.
When I was offered my current job I said it would be difficult for me to work in Stockholm full-time but with the flexible solution Vattenfall offered me I am able to manage both personal life, childcare and my work in a good way.
Outside of work I love traveling and enjoy capturing photos of everyday life in different parts of the world.”