At first sight my background may seem unusual for banking since I studied chemical engineering at the KU Leuven, yet I applied to ING’s International Talent Programme back in February 2014.
Did you say “real challenge”?
Thanks to my university’s large network, I could attend ING’s and many other companies’ presentations on their programmes and job opportunities. ING’s representative was very open and enthusiastic about the International Talent Programme.
Being interested in taking on new challenges by nature, I was triggered by the different learning options, regular rotations, travel opportunities and chances to grow in the organisation with the right support in place. For all those reasons, I applied and within two months I was hired as a trainee.
I was very curious about what my first assignment as trainee would be. And lucky me, I was welcomed in a great team and received a very challenging and varied function as project manager within Retail – Face Channels.
A springboard for starters
Every day, I get to work on my own projects, holding the responsibility for all related actions and deliverables. Presenting these deliverables to our leadership can be stressful at times, but I see it as a way to broaden my network among Senior Managers. What else could a starter like me wish for?
To end on a lighter note: being a trainee certainly comes with some benefits, such as trainings, personal development sessions and leadership learning experience. But on top of that, I never slept in hotels as much in such a short period of time. Not every starter has that luxury!