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Elisabet, an Executive Assistant at SAP, is originally from Finland but has lived in Sweden for 26 years. She has a Master in Education and is specialised in music and mathematics.

How did you come to SAP?

When my husband Harry started at SAP as a trainee in Germany 1988, I moved with him to study German in Heidelberg.

By the time Harry´s trainee-period ended the plans to open an office in Finland had been postponed, and he got a possibility to start working at SAP in Sydney instead.

We relocated to Australia and since there were no open positions as a Swedish/Finnish speaking teacher in Sydney, I applied for a job at SAP. This was back in 1989 and I did everything from taking care of the SAP Australia reception, assisting the managers onsite and keeping the coffee-machine fresh and filled with coffee.

After two years in Sydney we moved to Stockholm, Sweden, and I continued working at SAP in different administrative positions. The last 15+ years I have been working as an Executive Assistant to the Swedish Managing Director – the Managing Directors have changed several times, but the assistant (me) has remained the same.

What does your career at SAP mean to you?

I have a job I love in an environment that changes a lot, which means that my work never gets boring. I have a lot of possibilities to develop, the latest one was taking part in the SAP Social Sabbatical for one month in Ghana in Africa, which took me out of my comfort zone and was a great learning and adventure.

What does success look like to you?

Success to me is when I feel that what I do makes a difference, and when I laugh at least once a day at work. I also find it important to keep developing and learning new things.

If you could go back in time and give your 18-year-old-self one piece of career advice what would it be?

Go with your passion, try new things and challenge yourself as often as you can.

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