Meet alumna Sofie Bergdahl
MSc IN International strategic management
In the intersection between business, IT and management we find our talented alumna Sofie Bergdahl. Former managing director of Lunicore - Lund University Student Consulting and current project manager at Hypergene - a growing tech company. Sofie knows how to manage businesses, and how to make a feast out of basically nothing.
Sofie, tell us about what you do today!
I'm working as a project manager at Hypergene - a fast growing tech company offering a cloud-based product for monitoring, planning and analysing business. Hypergene's software makes it possible to streamline the process of economic planning, KPIs and business plans under one and the same umbrella. My role is to be the link between our customers and the consultans in order to make sure that we deliver what we have promised.
I'm also responsible to clarify some of our internal processes, as well as the external offer related to the business planning part of our software. Thus, this is really the intersection between IT, management and business which I think is really cool!
What is the main reason you work with what you do?
I specifically looked for a fast growing company in the tech sector, preferably with an own developed product, with a great culture and good leadership - and when I came across Hypergene it just felt like a very good match!
When I started to see how everything I learned could be put into a more practical context, it added so much more value to everything and my learning curve became much steeper.
How did LUSEM prepare you for woking life and a career as a project manager within IT?
LUSEM have helped me to get a broader understanding of business mechanisms, which is helpful - both when it comes to understanding my clients' perspective as well as the processes that our own business is build on.
What do you prefer to do outside of work?
I'm lucky to have many of my friends from Lund living in Stockholm, so I spend quite much time together with them, but I'm also participating in different professional networks and try to explore as much as possible of what Stockholm has to offer - both professionally and on my leisure time.
I really think we are living in an interesting time at the moment - speaking of digitalisation, AI, robotisation, global economic forces and everything that impact how we live and how we do business in the future.
What advice would you give yourself if you started you studies now?
I think I would emphasize even more the importance of adding practical perspectives beside the theoretical approach that I gained from class. Because when I started to see how everything I learned could be put into a more practical context, it added so much more value to everything and my learning curve became much steeper. I had several initiatives ongoing parallell with my studies, which was one main reason to why I finally got the role as Lunicore’s managing director. During my two years in that position, I definitely got the chance to apply my learnings - and challenge them as well - in a very real context while working with some really smart and inspiring fellow students from all over the university. I will be forever thankful for that time in my life and all that it gave me.
Tell us about your expectations for the future.
I am very curious about the future and I really think we are living in an interesting time at the moment - speaking of digitalisation, AI, robotisation, global economic forces and everything that impact how we live and how we do business in the future. However, even if all of that implies a lot of challenges too, I look forward to continually learn new things and to experience all those opportunities that this development implies.