Signe Vallin

Signe Vallin

Signe Vallin – International Graduate

M.Sc. in Quality and Operations Management and B.Sc. in Economy and Production Technology, Chalmers University of Technology

My name is Signe and I grew up in a small town called Lidköping, which is located 50 kilometers outside of Trollhättan. When growing up I had multiple hobbies, such as; horse riding, handball, football and saxophone. However, after a while I decided to focus on handball, which is still an interest of mine. Playing handball has taught me a lot, for example it showed me how to be a team player and it gave me the opportunity to practice my leadership at an early age.

In high school I studied the Natural Science’s program since I always had a natural talent for the technical subjects and I wanted to keep all doors open. As a graduation project in high school I went to Colombia to be part of building a school. This trip was the beginning of one of my greatest passions, travelling. Therefore, it was a must for me to travel as much as possible after high school. I managed to do two backpacking trips to Asia, two months of studying Mandarin in Beijing and nine months of working in Oslo.

After three years off school I decided to start studying. I was still interested in technical subjects but I had also developed a curiosity for economics and leadership. For these reasons, I started a bachelor within Economics and Manufacturing Technology at Chalmers University of Technology, which combines classical engineering subjects with economics and logistics. My studies at Chalmers continued with a master degree within Quality and Operations Management. During this time I also got the opportunity to study abroad in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

I knew at once that I wanted to be part of the International Graduate Program at GKN since the combination between leadership, rotations abroad and multiple interesting industries suits me very well. Therefore, I was thrilled when I was offered a part of the program and I am very excited for the upcoming five years since I think they will be both challenging and rewarding. My goals for these five years are to learn as much as possible of the organization, develop as a person and to build a large network.