Student high-flyers get a taste of what it’s like to work in Nordea

Last week, some fifty students got a glimpse of what it’s like to work in Nordea.

Our Research unit initiated a partnership with Copenhagen Business School and University of Copenhagen which resulted in some 50 international students attending an afternoon of events at our Metro office. The focus was on macroeconomics and include a tour of the Copenhagen trading floor and lectures on an agenda-packed day.

The aim was to give the students some insights in the latest development in the global economy/markets/geopolitics and an introduction to Nordea Markets. In addition, the students were also introduced to our associate and graduate programmes should they want to pursue a career as analysts with Nordea Markets. The students were accompanied by Professor Michael Hedegaard from CBS, who had been instrumental in arranging the day.

Our chief economist, Helge J. Pedersen kicked it off with a look at the global economy and with an emphasis on the US economy, trade wars and the irrational tweets of US president Donald Trump. The audience was given several examples of how his tweets had both an economic and political impact.

The final message from Helge to the students to take away was that “trade is good for all countries”. Helge pointed to the fact that the trade war and political uncertainty will weigh on global growth and we are to prepare for a slowdown in the economy. He also elaborated on the economy in the Nordics, which is doing fine overall and that domestic risks are confined to the housing market and labour shortages.

Student event at Nordea Markets

This presentation was followed by our very own Anders Svendsen who shone a light on the inner workings of the US Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank. Anders showed how Nordea Research works to anticipate potential rate hikes from the Fed and how it is linked to unemployment. On the ECB side, it was discussed how the ECB might start their rate hikes when inflation returns sustainably to target.

Passion, ambition and analytical mindset

Morten Lund, who also was the initiator of the cooperation between Nordea Markets and CBS and the University of Copenhagen spoke on the topic of how he made the “transition from student to analyst”. Morten provided firm advice on how to build a career within Nordea Markets encouraging the students to invest in themselves, find a balance between humility and courage and the importance of networking, to mention just a few of his tips.

Thea Stensaker, our Country Lead for associates in Denmark then took the floor and shared her experience of being inside the Nordea Graduate Programme and being part of Nordea Research Associate programme. Firm advice on how to apply and create an application that stands out and what to expect from the programmes was discussed. Thea stressed that Nordea is always on the lookout for the following key characteristics: passion, ambition and an analytical mindset.

The day was rounded off by a mingle where the students had the opportunity to meet current participants of the graduate and associate programme.

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