The new intern

Hi everybody!

As I promised, it is time for an update. It has now been almost two weeks since I left Sweden and moved to Amsterdam, and I am currently on my second week of my internship. As I have mentioned previously, I am doing an internship in marketing at a digital agency named The first week was very intense. The office is 4 floors and there is approximately 70 employees. The first couple of days was mostly greeting people and getting familiar with the environment and all the different systems they use. I went to several meetings, and I must say that it is very fun! The first day I was introduced to LinkedIn, which hopefully all of you know what it is. I did some research on the employees and we are currently trying to make everybody’s profiles look similar – at least with the same information. I have also been introduced to the conference that my company is participating/hosting in end of November. I am going to do their social media, so I have been looking through what we currently have and also started updating them a little bit. Of course I have been doing even more things, but writing about all of them is probably not that interesting.

So far so good to say at least! I am really enjoying my time here, and everybody is super nice. But I have to admit that I was a bit unsocial the first week, but that was mostly because of everything being new and all the new impressions. I am improving everyday haha. One thing I noticed is that I am CONSTANTLY tired. My body and mind havn’t been this activated for a while, but hopefully I will get used to it.


Right now Amsterdam is filled with tourists, but the weather has been treating me good. Except for today. It is pouring down and I biked to the office this morning. I am trying to adapt to the Dutch culture where you bike everywhere, but today it was definitely instant regrets.


I did some planning of the social media for the conference ThingsCon Amsterdam


And I had an amazing dinner with my family before I left.

Hope all of you are having a great time, and those who have started studying at CIL – have an amazing kick-off!

//Johanna ISM15

Back in Sweden

Hi guys,

It is finally time for me to write that caption. I AM BACK IN SWEDEN. Everything happened very quickly, and I am extremely surprised that I am already back in Stockholm. The finals were tough. And by tough I really mean that they were horrible. Me and Pauline studied for weeks straight, trying to combine group projects and exams. These weeks meant early mornings and late nights, a lot of Redbull and coffee. But in the end, it was definitely worth it. We wrote our last exams on the 13th of June, and have been waiting for the results anxiously since then. And then it happened. I passed all my exams and got the last grade on the morning of the 22nd. I quickly rebooked my flight, ordered a taxi and left early morning the 23rd. Now I have been home for a couple of days, just relaxing and trying to cope with the fact that we survived the finals period.

The months in the Netherlands went by quickly. When you’re living abroad there are different cultures and people, and the time just flies by. I am really glad that I decided to go to the Netherlands, mostly because of the people there. The Dutch are so easy-going and nice, and the fact that basically everyone speaks English is amazing. My semester abroad has been really good, and I appreciate that we have the opportunity to go abroad on the ISM program.

The upcoming months will be really relaxing, and I will mostly be reading some books and just preparing for the third and last year. As I have mentioned previously, I am going to do my internship at a digital agency in Amsterdam. Right now I am trying to find somewhere to live during that time period, which is definitely easier said than done. I am constantly searching, but it is really difficult. Cross your fingers!

This is probably the last post from me for a while, so I would like to wish all of you a pleasant summer and we’ll see each other in a couple of weeks!


Last Wednesday me and Pauline went to Amsterdam to relax a little bit and drop off one of my suitcases at my internship.

//Johanna, ISM15

”I believe it is safe to say that the ISM program gave me what I wanted”

“People should pursue what they’re passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else.” – Elon Musk.

Five years ago, my 20 year old self moved south to Lund and started my uni-studies. A year later I moved to Italy. 6 months after I decided to apply for a bachelor program and be done with my studies before 25. I also said to my mother that I would have a job before that as well.

Said and done – I applied and got enrolled in the International Sales and Marketing program in 2014. I applied to it after seeing the first word; international. I was even more excited after reading semester abroad. I just did not get why anyone wanted to be in the same place all the time (I still don’t). On top of that I was already interested in marketing after studying media and communication in Lund.

So, the last three years I have been studying everything from sales and marketing (as the name indicated) to production system, ERP system, logistic, advertising, finance and accounting. Since I’m a bit of a nerd I found most of the courses interesting (maybe not the finance part but it’s due to my very limited interest and skills in numbers). Further, all the courses was integrated into the actual business life which made the theoretical part more logical. I had the privilege to work both with Logent AB (logistic) and Kalmar (material handling), part of the Cargotec concern. Leading to that I gained both theoretical knowledge and actual practical business skills. After three years this concept paid off for me – a few days before graduation I signed my papers and work today as a Marketing Officer at Micropower E.D. Marketing in Växjö.

The greatest asset for me is that the program involved courses connected to the entire business. Even though I mainly work with marketing I have sales related issues to deal with, logistical aspects to consider and a need to know how our production and products works. Basically all the courses I have taken under my three years (maybe not the methodology course (sorry Tomas and Firouze)) have been valuable for my actual work as a marketer.

So, in three weeks I turn 25. I got the education and the job as I said to my mum I would. I also got the world as my workplace and a job that challenges my creative thinking as well as develops my technical competence. I believe it is safe to say that the ISM program gave me what I wanted.


Rebecca Andersson Student of ISM14


We did it!! We have graduated! Three years of hard work and dedication has finally come to an end and we can now call our selves International Sales and Marketers.


Studying at CIL has been a rollercoaster of emotions as well as tons of different experiences throughout. However, it has brought loads of new knowledge and wisdom and maybe most importantly, friends for life. One of the most important persons for me during these 3 years, and one that none of this would have been possible without is Cajsa.


Towe & Cajsa

Cajsa and I met the first day at school and have been hanging out since then. We did not only live next door in Ljungby, but we were also in the same partnership group, planned and accomplished many fun stuff for the students while being in the board of the student committee (FAST), we then got applied and flew to Nice in France together for our abroad studies, and last but not least, writing the bachelor thesis together. Bragging is really not my thing, but something that I am really proud of is the fact that during graduation ceremony we actually got an award for writing the best thesis in our class! Peter and Magnus called Cajsa and me to the front and told us that Firouze (our examiner) was really impressed by our work. I actually do not really remember what they said, I think I got a blackout since it all came as a chock and I did not expect that at all, but I am so grateful and happy about it.

I am so glad and relieved that out three years at university is over. Everyone in my class is amazing and I am sure we will all go out and rule the world.


Thank you everyone at CIL and Ljungby,

Thank you Cajsa for being the best partner,

and finally thank you to my self for actually putting through until the end.

Best regards, Towe





Andreas Hagman, ISM16 student

My name is Andreas Hagman, was born 1994 in Stockholm and have lived there since. I previously worked with payment terminals as a technical support with a focus on up-selling. But then I felt like it was time for me to move on with my career, even though I really loved my job and colleagues.


I left Stockholm, my job, family, friends and colleagues to go to university in a town where I knew no one and had no clue what outcomes that were ahead of me. The only thing I knew was that this was something I wanted, that at the moment, nothing was holding me back. It was a tough choice to make. However, applying for this university is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, period.

I’ve gained so much knowledge about different subjects connected to sales and marketing that gives me a foundation that will help me strengthen my abilities later, when I start working. I think the courses have a good combination between the academic studies and the practical aspect due to that we learn for example how to conduct researches, how to write articles and theses as well as how to gather reliable information combined with how to influence customers and how to provide a product or service that is attractive and different from others.
But I must say that the best thing about this year has been meeting new people and friends. We’ve had a wonderful year together and due to the small school and small town, we’ve come each other very close, something that bigger schools can’t compete with. I’m a social person that value friendship and close relationships high so this was a perfect match for me. I’ve made new friends for life, got new experiences, and are one step closer to my goal, that to me, is invaluable.


This summer I will spend time with my family, work at my old job, meeting my old friends and hopefully, start volunteering in Peru for a month. This is because I’ve always wanted to travel and see other cultures and I don’t think there’s a better way than just volunteering to meet natives and live as the people live. In 2018, I’m traveling to Central America, Nicaragua for my studies abroad.

Best regards, Andreas Hagman ISM16



Caroline – former student at CIL


My name is Caroline Miyaoka and I am a 2015 graduate from the International Sales and Marketing (ISM) program operated by Linnaeus University at CIL. Studying ISM gave me the perfect base for pursuing the career that I wanted, and am working within today; Purchasing and Logistics.

For my final thesis at the ISM Program I investigated the influence that RFID has on 3PL and 4PL companies within the logistic industry, and have ever since had an interest for logistics.

After my studies in 2015, I got a job at Scania General Purchasing in Södertälje. The reason I chose Scania and the automotive industry is because it’s a very agile and dynamic industry, and at the same time it offers an international working environment.

Today I am the responsible Sourcing Manager for Air Freight and Logistic Services at Scania with a global responsibility. This position allows me to work with colleagues all over the world, both within Scania and also within the Volkswagen Group. In my daily work I am responsible for commercial and strategic decisions for my segment, and my job requires a close collaboration with my internal customers, as well as with my suppliers in order to find the best possible solutions.

Working with Purchasing Logistic is an extremely fun, challenging and developing job, which I have had the opportunity to pursue thanks to my studies and experiences from the International Sales and Marketing Program at CIL, Centre for Information Logistics.


Best Regards,

Caroline Miyaoka

May break, Finals, and Internship

Hi everybody,

Since my last update a lot of things has happened. Firstly, we had the May break which means one week off from school. The break felt shorter than hoped for, but it was nice to get some time off and just relax. Me and five other girls went to the famous tulip garden Keukenhof and enjoyed the amazing weather. Other than that, we partied once and I took a short trip to Sweden. Overall the break was really good and well needed.

Also, my family came to visit me! They arrived in Venlo last Thursday, and then we went to Amsterdam Friday-Sunday. We stayed at a really nice hotel, ate amazing food, and I am really glad that I got to spend some time with them after 3 months apart.

Right now we are preparing for our finals that are approaching us very quickly. The system here is completely different to what we are used to in Sweden, and we have all examinations during the same time period. Whereas we study in modules at CIL, where we focus on one course, do the examination and then we’re finished. Here we study 9 courses in parallel, and all finals will be during two weeks in the beginning of June. So, as you might understand we are getting more and more stressed out and anxious about it. But somehow we will make it work. Yesterday we had the final presentation of our Fontys Project course, which is basically where we come up with a product and make a business plan for it. Ours ended up at 60 pages, and the presentation was for 30 minutes. On Tuesday we will be getting the feedback for it, so cross your fingers!

Now we have been living in the Netherlands for 3,5 months, and soon we will be heading back to Sweden for the summer. But, as I have mentioned previously, I am going to have my internship in Amsterdam so I will be moving back here in August. The internship is at the digital agency, and I am going to work with social media, internal communication, as well as doing marketing for an event they are hosting in November. I am really excited and I am so glad that I get to stay in the Netherlands. When it comes to the internship, it has been a very long process and it took forever before I was satisfied with my CV and application letter. Out of more than 100 email, I got approximately 15 replies and only one of them was positive. So, a tips to my fellow ISM students that are going to do their internship – start early and send out as many applications as possible. To be honest I was quite worried that I wouldn’t get an internship, but we have had support from our counselor Ulrika since day 1 and I am really grateful for that.

This weekend me and Pauline are going to Den Haag, which is the third largest city in the Netherlands. These past few weeks have been really stressful, and the upcoming ones will be even worse, so we decided that we are going to treat ourselves and booked a 5 star hotel. So finally we can sleep well and shower without flip-flops! We’re gonna stay there one night and then head back to Venlo (with hopefully recharged batteries).


Studying Abroad

One of the benefits of studying the ISM program at CIL is that we get to study abroad and as I mentioned in my previous post I am currently in the Netherlands. When it comes to studying abroad, it is so different compared to studying in your home country. You meet people you never would have met otherwise, and you experience things that you are going to be grateful for for the rest of your life.

Before moving here, me and Pauline (also ISM student) decided to save some money so we could travel as much as possible during our time here. So far I have been to Amsterdam twice, Eindhoven, Rotterdam, Antwerpen, Brussels, Düsseldorf and last but not least Paris. There are so many different opportunities to travel when you live more centrally in Europe. We actually rented a car in Germany, and drove through the Netherlands, Belgium, and got to our end-destination Paris. We crossed three national boarders in just 500km! I have attached some pictures so you get to see where we have been since we arrived here.


On our way to Düsseldorf


We’re still wondering how these houses look on the inside – Rotterdam


Outside the amazing Marktplaats in Rotterdam


A mandatory picture next to the famous Amsterdam-sign


Antwerpen, Belgium


We met some of our fellow ISM friends, that are doing their exchange semester in Paris




Brussels is absolutely amazing! Don’t miss out on the Belgian waffles

The exchange semester is an amazing opportunity to travel as much as you possibly can. We will probably not travel for a while, since the finals are approaching. Next week we have the May break and we’ll try to enjoy it as much as possible!

I hope all of you have a great weekend! //Johanna

Who am I?

Hello fellow readers!

It is now my turn to give you my point of view on how it is to be a student at CIL in Ljungby. My name is Johanna, I am 22 years old, and I come from Stockholm. In August of 2015 I started my Bachelors degree in International Sales and Marketing at CIL. But before I start talking about the education, I am going to give you a small introduction to how and why I ended up in Ljungby.

I graduated high school in June of 2014, and decided to pack my bags and study one year at Santa Barbara City College, California. During my studies I felt uncertain on what I wanted to do with my life, so the courses included everything from Entrepreneurship and Innovation to Marketing Communications. My year abroad allowed me to study various subjects, and I quickly realized that one of the topics I was mostly interested in was Marketing. I started researching different educations and schools in Sweden, trying to find a program that had an international take on it all. That is when I discovered CIL and ISM.

I applied and got in. I have to admit that I was quite doubtful to moving to a small city, but it has come to be one of the best decisions I have made. Ljungby might be small, but since most of the students (we had one out of 35 that came from Ljungby) come from other cities and countries, there was always fun things to do. We had dinner and watched movies, we went quite too many times to Harrys, played Monopoly (shoutout to you Emmy), and, of course, a lot of studying. And, since you only spend 3 semesters in Ljungby – time flies! I also decided on ISM because we have one semester abroad, and I believe that that is one of the things that differentiates ISM from any other similar program. And, we get to go on an internship! I will tell you more about mine in another post.

Right now I am studying my fourth semester, meaning that I am currently abroad for my exchange studies! I am enrolled at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Venlo, the Netherlands, and have now spent 2,5 months here. The semester will continue until July, so we have a couple of more months to go. I am really enjoying my time here, and I am really glad that I chose the Netherlands. People are so friendly and helpful, and the school is surprisingly good.

Now I have introduced myself and a little bit about my perceptions of being a student at CIL in Ljungby. I am going to update this blog a couple of times this semester and the fall semester, so this is not the last you have seen of me!

//Johanna, ISM15

Christmas dinner

The yearly Christmas dinner with FAST was held last week. We started the evening 8pm at Terrazza. The new board was responsible for the night’s events, and the job they did was superb! We started the evening with a toast and then the dinner was served. I have absolutely no complaints about the food nor the games and activities.





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In this game they were supposed to grab the carrot in their mouth, bite off and chew, very fun both for them and for us watching. 12295444_1860664877493132_2719636522241008662_n

We continued with other fun games such as quiz and also a show, performed by the other members of FAST and me, singing ”Feliz Navidad”. I can promise you that it was a success 😉

Thank you so much everyone involved and all of you that came and made the evening amazing.

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