"I came to Tingsryd from Älmhult to play ice hockey, and in 2001 I began working for Holtab," says Markus.
After a spell working in the paint shop he moved on to assembly, but over time his thoughts about further education began to take shape.
"Everything is getting more advanced, so know-how and training are essential," he says.
Industrial switchgear was relatively new to Holtab, and the idea of working as an industrial electrician attracted Markus. He looked around for a suitable course and prepared himself to take a leave of absence.
"But when I talked to Arne Tinggren it turned out that the company had another solution. I began a correspondence course in Sundsvall and in 15 months I only needed to take 30 days off for travel and exams," continues Markus.
Meanwhile Markus worked full time at Holtab, and he does not see combining work and studies in this way as a disadvantage.
"In some ways there was an advantage in working full time with the very thing I was studying. It was also good fun, and that always makes things easier."
Markus finished his studies in October 2012 and was able to begin working as an industrial electrician, but by March he had already moved to become an order processor.
"I benefit from my studies as an order processor too, since I work with industrial switchgear, among other things. The job involves sitting down more, but that's something you get used to."
Markus appreciates the chance of further education and the opportunity for self-improvement in the company, and concludes:
"You have to put something in yourself to get something out."