Team work ‘needs to be embraced’ in Sweden

Team work 'needs to be embraced' in Sweden
Katongo Seyuba, chairperson of NFGL Lund's equality and development board, reflects on his first few months in Sweden.

It has been an amazing first few months in Sverige, busy, exciting and sometimes dull and dark (mainly due to the weather!). Aside the weather, there are things I have visibly noticed that have stood out, which I would love to reflect on. Top on the agenda is teamwork – or group work as others might call it. 

I have had previous experience working in groups back home in Zambia, but the emphasis in Sweden is huge and it is something that needs to be embraced. Working in teams/groups has its ups and downs. There are a lot of struggles that come with teamwork, it is not entirely beautiful and all rosy, sometimes you experience creative differences based on preferences, you might not have the same energy, and this can get stressful. 

On the bright side, group work has its positives and my experience has been amazing so far. I have got to work with people from different backgrounds bringing in huge experience and expertise. In academia, we have engaged in meaningful discussions to provide solutions for assignments and tasks. I have learnt new communication and collective writing strategies and peer reviewing among others, above all learning from each other’s background and experience has been valuable.

Additionally, as a member of the NFGL Lund board, I am privileged to be working with a vibrant, enthusiastic and positive team of future global leaders. The network has afforded me a platform to enhance leadership, planning, public speaking and event organization skills, among others. In four months, we have created great relationships with each other, supporting a common goal to make a positive difference in our society. The past activities that we have successfully achieved have gone through a lot of background planning, digital communication strategies, marketing and event organization. This has been a product of teamwork and support from the entire NFGL Lund team. 

My experiences so far have been nothing short of amazing. Working in teams has helped me build relations with a lot of people which significantly helped me to settle in quickly. Teamwork is something that I have learnt to value and there is no better feeling than executing a collectively planned task. 

I look forward to an amazing 2020 with the NFGL family, university colleagues and the football Fridays team at Lerback. 

Happy holidays from Lund!