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7 Jan 2015, 0:00 CET

An ordinary day as a trainee – George Beri

The idea of this text is to give you an insight to an ordinary workday for me at BillerudKorsnäs. The problem, and also the beauty, is that the days are never the same. But I will try to give you an insight to what I do at BillerudKorsnäs Gruvön mill and also some reflections.

The idea of this text is to give you an insight to an ordinary workday for me at BillerudKorsnäs. The problem, and also the beauty, is that the days are never the same. But I will try to give you an insight to what I do at BillerudKorsnäs Gruvön mill and also some reflections.

Before I started at BillerudKorsnäs I was working as a consultant meanwhile I was studying at Karlstad University for a Master’s degree. I also managed to get my fiancé pregnant during this time so my life became very intense. This resulted in little personal time and super skills in planning. My professional life, academic life and my personal life all melted into one. So, the first thing I did when finishing my studies and started working Monday-Friday at BillerudKorsnäs was to implement some routines…

The first thing that I do in the morning is to wake up at 6:00 am. That’s not a problem when you are lucky to be a parent… Then I take myself, a shake and my exercise bag to hit the gym at 06:30. I also started to skip breakfast in the morning for couple of reasons. The first one is that there’s no one that possibly can be hunger directly in the morning and also because I have started some intermittent fasting. Recent studies have shown that intermittent fasting can have serious health benefits and slowing down ageing, and who doesn’t want that? Anyhow, after the gym I travel to work. BillerudKorsnäs Gruvön is placed in Grums, a tiny village next to the capital of Värmland, Karlstad (where I live). The travel time is approximately 25 min. So, at 08:00, this is my view:

At least during the winter season in Sweden…

The morning routine, before “the fika” at 09:00, is often the same. I catch up with my roomies, two lovely ladies, at the office meanwhile collecting information. I check the regular ones: phone, mail, calendar and my” to-do-list”:

Then I dig into our different systems for checking how the paper machines are doing. Sometimes I join “the fika” at 09:00 but often I start with one of my, currently three, projects or head for a meeting.

One of my projects that I for the moment put a lot of time into is a mapping of every chemical that is being used in the paper process to search for gaps. The analysis resulted in lots of actions to improve for example efficiency of the chemical. But it has also resulted in safety actions and so on. The other project I´m a head of is to investigate new measuring equipment for the paper lab. So I´m currently testing Gruvöns different papers and evaluating which paper that can be used in the new equipment. The projects involve a lot of meetings but also my department is invited to different meetings like quality, section meetings and so on. If I take the mean value for meetings it will approximately be 1-2 meetings each day. So that consumes lot of time but is, often, necessary.

So quick summary, I work as I project leader that gets projects from my co-workers at the paper process. The job is like a consultant that supports the paper mill inside BillerudKorsnäs Gruvön. The result of this is flexibility. I’m responsible that the work gets done and for that I get much freeness. Like Spiderman’s father said in the first movie: “with great power comes great responsibility…”