Creative Bootcamp full of surprises, challenges and fun

Excited graduates gathered for another eventful Bootcamp in Copenhagen. Three days full of insights, workshops and creative case work.

Spring is on its way and that means it’s time for Bootcamp! And so, 44 graduates came from near and afar to gather in Copenhagen for another eventful Bootcamp – one out of three during the Nordea Graduate program. We followed the graduates to find out what they were up to during those three intense days – professionally and sociably.

Day 1 – Preparing for challenging case work

The focus for the Bootcamp in general, and for the first day in particular, was to get an understanding of the new phase and strategic direction of Nordea. Leena Makkonen, Senior Development Consultant, one of the hosts at the Bootcamp, welcomed and introduced a packed and eventful agenda with a balanced mix of presentations, interaction and problem solving, as well as socialising.

Then Mads Skovlund Pedersen took over, and as Head of Personal Banking his presentation  emphasized and explored the core of personal banking, and the efforts to always strive to be personal and relevant for the customer.

Leena later invited some colleagues in different positions and level of seniority of the bank for a panel discussion where a lot of questions were raised and discussed. These discussions aimed at helping the graduates with their case work that kicked off later in the afternoon.

Panel discussion lead by Leena Makkonen. The invited representatives was (from the left) Rebekah Logan, Associate in Investment banking and previously Graduate, Stine Krøyer, Head of Strategy and Business Execution, Morten Boni, Head of Commercial Hub, Personal Banking and Søren Thorius Andresen, COO Asset & Wealth Management.

Day 2 and 3 – The Graduates take on the Bootcamp

The customer aspect was in focus on day 2, where the graduates took part in the “Design Thinking & Service Design” workshop. We talked to some of the graduates, who work on the trading floors in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm, respectively, to hear their take-aways and learnings during the three days. “The workshop on day two was very informative and we worked with some insightful and practical exercises,” said Jens Mattlin, Graduate in Regulatory Strategy and Implementation.

Some of the Markets’ graduates at the Bootcamp in Copenhagen – from the left: Adrian, Christian, Jens, Sanna, Martin, Anton and Viktoria.

The third and final day was all about the case competition. “I believe it is good for us to know what kind of every-day problems our colleagues are facing. This was what the case competition was about; to find problems in line with our strategy and to be able to figure out solutions,” Sanna Ohde explains, Graduate in Investments.

“I got surprised of all great ideas from the groups during the case competition,” said Viktoria Voskressenskaia, ESG Analyst in Equity Research.

And the winner is …

In the afternoon, the groups presented their work and a winner was announced. “I was positively surprised over all the creative business cases that the groups presented in the case competition. It was fun to hear the presentations from the other groups. It was nice that we could work on a practical business case for three days and we had a lot of fun while working on it,” Jens added.

Adrian found it very inspiring to work on solutions with graduates from across the organisation: “The size and width of Nordea’s organisation provide for some unique collaboration opportunities, and I think the proposals presented in the competition really highlighted that,” Adrian Berg, Graduate in Markets and Trading & Investment COO Compliance.

Martin Kolltveit, Graduate in FX Sales and Distribution, was surprised of how challenging it can be to come up with specific ways to improve Nordea’s profitability or reduce costs: “However, I believe all the groups did a very good job, and I wish the winning group all the best for their final presentation,” he continues referring to how the winning group gets to continue working on their case.

Case discussions and mingling in groups after the case competition.

Key take-aways from an eye-opening Bootcamp

The evenings were all about socialising and networking. At the end of day 2, the graduates went out for after-hour dinner and drinks. “The socialising is worth highlighting – we hade some nice evenings spent at a bar, which was really great after these very intense days,” said Viktoria. “It was really nice to catch up with the other graduates again,” Jens continued.

The Bootcamp was rounded off in a “closing circle”, where the graduates gathered in a circle and each mentioned a single word to describe their feeling about the days. Some words mentioned by the graduates where: “collaboration, fun, happy, laughter, teamwork, insightful, interesting, like-mindedness, social reunion, teamwork” – and boot camp facilitator, Leena Makkonen, rounded off with “proud”.

Further comments about the Bootcamp:


I learned different techniques on how to tackle problems and how to approach problems more creatively, which I will for sure be able to use in my future work career.

– Jens Mattlin, Graduate in Regulatory Strategy and Implementation

My key take-away is the teamwork. I work a lot by my own or with my senior colleague so I don’t get to collaborate that much which was really fun during these three days.

– Viktoria Voskressenskaia, Graduate, ESG Analyst in Equity Research

It was very eye-opening to experience how the concepts of Design Thinking can improve my solution proposals. This is a very valuable learning that I will definitely take with me.

– Adrian Berg, Graduate in Markets and Trading & Investment COO Compliance

One of the main highlights from the event is to meet all the fellow graduates. It’s an excellent way to discuss both work related cases, but also to just have fun!

– Martin Kolltveit, Graduate in FX Sales and Distribution

Read about the first Bootcamp in Copenhagen, back in September 2019 and get to know some of the Markets’ graduates better in our profile series, meet Matteo, Camilla and Sanna and stay tuned to hear from more of them in the next coming weeks!

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