I’ve been working in Nordea Markets for 6 years – time goes by so fast when you’re having fun. This summer – or today, to be exact -, I’ve packed my suitcase and am leaving for Singapore to work in our Nordea Branch for 6 weeks.
I was 21 years old when I came across and applied for a summer internship in Nordea Markets, which could lead to a part-time job if the demand was there. I was called in for an interview and got the job – one of the happiest days of my life.
Before I entered the Markets floor for the first time, I thought to myself that this would be a rather stiff environment and no one would probably like to talk to a young student like me. However, I was deeply wrong. This environment is fun, hectic, professional, lovable, formal, informal, friendly, strict and casual – all at the same time. And you learn a lot from all of the skilled colleagues working side by side with you. No two days are ever the same, which makes the daily business exciting.
The internship I got was within the e-Markets team, which was responsible for supporting, maintaining and increasing the usage of Nordea’s online trading platform. I learned a lot from day one, and I still learn something new almost every day. I worked in that team that for 4 years before I got the opportunity to work as an Assistant Sales Manager within the Foreign Exchange & Money Markets Sales team where I now work full-time.
What we do is actually quite varied. My team is now responsible for my previous tasks when I was working in e-Markets. Besides that, we are covering almost all private persons in Norway who have some kind of foreign exchange risk as well as small / medium sized corporates. It’s very exciting, especially when we’re waiting for important numbers to come out that might shock the market. Yesterday’s monetary policy meeting here in Norway is a good example: Norges Bank lowered the rate path and NOK dropped immediately 10 øre against EUR and kept on weakening. For my team, that means a lot of action by the desk and one day feels like a single hour.
Every summer our New York, Singapore and Moscow offices need a person from Norway, Sweden, Denmark or Finland to come and work for some weeks. To be able to work in one of these cities you have to apply with CV, references etc. – and so I did. I applied because I think this is a very good opportunity to understand and get an impression of foreign business. Luckily, I was the one this year and you can’t imagine how grateful I am for that.