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ORMIT Alumni - Finance Traineeship at BNP Paribas Fortis.
My road to a traineeship at ORMIT
After college, I experienced your typical post-college “what now” moment. I studied economics, which is a very broad field and I had no clue what to do next. But I really wanted to find out, so when I heard about ORMIT’s traineeships, I was intrigued.
What’s it all about? The ORMIT traineeship is a programme where you get to develop your leadership skills and experience different jobs with several employers. On top of that, it includes tons of workshops and guidance sessions with a personal coach. Oh, and you get paid for it. Pretty cool, right? So I signed up!
A programme that’s right for you
About halfway through, I realised that I’d prefer to work in commercial banking. A little sooner than expected … So, I asked to be transferred: I had heard that ORMIT had a traineeship to become a Relationship Manager at BNP Paribas Fortis. I really felt like that would be a better fit for me.
That’s the cool thing about ORMIT
They really want you to succeed. And they give you the opportunity to try, fail and repeat – with a focus on personal development and soft skills. It’s not just about hard facts. It’s about learning how to communicate with others and how to negotiate.
That’s why I wasn’t afraid to ask if I could switch. Before entering the ORMIT programme, I would get scared easily and just accept things. Now I know when to be assertive and ask the difficult questions.