Steep learning curve & lots of motivation

Two graduates share their experience when attending a cross-graduate event at Carlsberg. They got surprised, motivated and learned a lot!

From the left: Søren Hammer Adamsen, Fanny Sjöqvist and Frederik Bust. All excited to hear the presentations from Carlsberg and get new insights.

Being part of the graduate programme at Nordea offers various opportunities to grow and expand your network.

Recently, Thea Stensaker and Søren Hammer Adamsen attended a cross-graduate event with fellow-graduates from companies such as Carlsberg, Novo Nordisk, Lundbeck, KPMG, Unilever and Mærsk. The event was held at Carlsberg Museum in Copenhagen, and the topic was Digital Transformation of Traditional Companies.

This cross-graduate network and close collaboration between large companies, is rather new. So, what’s it all about – what’s in it for the graduates? We asked some of the attending Nordea graduates what they thought about the event and the new network overall.

Learn a bit about the two graduates’ backgrounds and get their take-aways from the recent network event, as we hand over the pen and paper to Thea and Søren:

Meet Thea, and hear why she was quite surprised…

My name is Thea, and I have been part of the graduate program since May 2017. I’m 24 years old.

I joined Nordea as a student in 2013 and currently work in Nordea Markets Research. I’m part of the research associate programme, which is a 2-year program where we do 2-3 rotations within research. Currently I’m on a rotation to commissioned research, where we analyse smaller listed companies.

I attended the event to meet new people and get new ideas and input. We had three presentations from Carlsberg representatives, where they talked about our generation, digital transformation and gave us some tips and tricks. After the presentation there was food and drinks, before there was another presentation about purpose.

I was quite surprised when one of the presenters mentioned that in the next 10 years, we will see 10 times as many changes as we have seen the past 10 years. I have not thought about this before, but it makes sense. 10 years ago, I would not have managed without a TV connection, whereas a cell phone was not as important. Now, I need my smartphone but do not have a TV connection. So, things and habits are changing rapidly.

The event at Carlsberg was great and the presentations were inspiring. The event made me become more aware of the digital challenges and opportunities that will arise going forward. Also, I liked that we had the opportunity to mingle and meet new people.

Meet Søren, he got motivated

My name is Søren, and I have been a graduate in Nordea since August 2017. I’m 28 years old.

I’m working in Personal Banking as a Management Partner for the Head of Branch Region in Zealand South & West. I work with executive advisory and business development in the region. Thus, I am engaged with various analytical projects that aim to optimise and develop our business in the region.

My hope is to create a long and prosperous career path in Nordea and keep developing myself

I think it was a great event. It had a great mix of professional and informal elements. We started with three executive speakers from Carlsberg, who talked about the changing business landscape for employers and employees as well as how Carlsberg manage these within the company.

The hosts had chosen Carlsberg Museum as the venue, which had amazing artefacts and interior design dated back to the founder of Carlsberg. The topics from the speakers were also very provoking (in a good way). They presented their view of the future demand for skills and how we need to be on top of this, so that we do not become obsolete in today’s business environment. But they also stressed the important role we have as Graduates in this transformation. This really made me feel that I was sitting in the right chair at the right time.

Would you like to know more about the recently established cross-graduate network? Then read one of our latest blog post where a graduate explains the networking potential and why he was specifically motivated to invest time in the network.