Graduate seminar in Norway

Kenneth Nevland works as graduate in Nordea Markets in Oslo. Here, he tells about his experience with one of the graduate seminars in Norway.

I’ve been a Graduate in Nordea Markets for nine months now. During this period I’ve been working mostly with Interest rate and FX risk analysis, but for a two month period before Christmas I was asked to join the High Yield sales desk to get an even closer and broader look at the different products and services that Markets have to offer clients. In my opinion this flexibility to move around across different desks truly emphasizes the underpinning purpose of the programme – namely to learn as much as possible and genuinely get to know the entire organization.

Although I would love to share more about my day-to-day work, this post is set to focus more on the social part of the Graduate programme.

As a Graduate there are four seminars during the length of the programme, held in the different Nordic countries, where you meet up with other Graduates from Denmark, Sweden and Finland. The purpose of these seminars is to obtain a general overview of Nordea’s full specter of services, and to get to know people who are in the same phase of their careers as you.

This April the seminar was held in Norway – and the subject was self-awareness. Through several speakers we got to better our knowledge of our personal values and our motivation triggers. Quite different from previous seminars, the agenda for the second day was set outdoors. During a field trip up alongside a ravine we got to challenge ourselves by zip lining over the 65 meter high ravine, before rappelling down on the opposite side.

However, some might ask if the adrenaline rush from the trading floor in Markets on a daily basis beats that of the zip lining and rappelling. And as an answer to that question I would say: Yes.


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