“After discussing it with my wife and two kids (aged 5 and 6), we decided to take on the challenge,” says Andreas. “So far, the experience has been really good and the whole family is enjoying it. There are cultural differences and I find myself in situations I’ve never been in before, but overall it has been easier than expected.” Unexpected opportunities are a common feature of Andreas’ career since joining Volvo Group as a master’s student in 2006. During that time, he has worked on developing climate control software for the new Volvo Trucks’ and Renault Trucks’ ranges, driven electromobility development and overseen the set-up of a new electromobility section within the Group in 2016. His current role in Bangalore is to establish a section to oversee global responsibility for the Telematics Gateway software.
“There are so many opportunities within the Volvo Group: you can become a technology specialist; move cross-functionally into sales, brands or operations, or move into leadership and project management”
“There are so many opportunities within the Volvo Group: you can become a technology specialist; move cross-functionally into sales, brands or operations, or move into leadership and project management”, says Andreas, who believes that the key to personal growth is having a willingness to learn and try new things. “Don’t focus too much on the next step in your career, focus instead on the assignment you have today. I don’t know where my career will lead me after Bangalore, but, as long as I keep learning new things and do my best in my current position, I know that new things and do my best in my current position, I know that new and interesting assignments will come.”
As a global company, the Volvo Group offers numerous opportunities for an international career. This is one example of an employee who have packed up and taken on new roles in new countries, while staying within the Volvo Group.