'As far back as I remember, I have always wanted to do software development. So it was natural that I decided to study computer science.'
Pride of place for the principle of internal mobility
'I came to ING as an external consultant. Two and a half years later, I was to become an ING employee. Although I am a COBOL developer, I always wanted to do something else and I used my free time to develop programs in other languages as a way of automating certain tasks.
When the person in charge of the Home’Bank Offline project was leaving, I was suggested to look into applying on an interim basis. I welcomed the suggestion with a great deal of enthusiasm, as although I knew the Visual Basic language, I had never been involved in such an important project.
At the end of the interim period, I applied for a position as Java developer within the Mobile Banking team. The manager immediately agreed to give me a chance and registered me for training courses to bring me up to standard.
I am now still part of the same team, but I am responsible for the Android part of the mobile application.
As opposed to other companies, which extol the virtues of internal mobility, it was at ING that I really discovered what that meant.'
Striking the right balance
'The SCRUM methodology used within the IT service helps us to assess the amount of work to be done during the development cycles, called "sprints". Within these cycles, provided that the deadlines are met, we are able to be extremely flexible in how we organise our work. This is a real advantage for me since I can also strike the right balance between my family life and my working life.'