After my master’s in marketing management and some initial experiences in FMCG, I was keen to broaden my scope and explore other settings to find out what my preferences were. I found it important that my job would give me exposure to multiple work environments and if possible, different countries. Clearly, the International Trainee Programme offered by Broadview was a perfect fit.
The challenge is that we are working on important projects, often with high exposure. We are dealing with a level of responsibility that is much higher than that which would be considered “normal” in a first job. In this context, we collaborate with stakeholders who have key positions in the hierarchy of the group. This means working with smart and experienced people. They have a lot to teach but they also have high expectations when it comes to your performance.
During my projects, I have encountered various topics and functional disciplines. Among these, a merger of two companies, a business case on production and the implementation of a new sales approach. This required me to learn quickly and work in a fact-based and analytical way to be able to add value.
One of the projects that I found the most interesting was the business case on production. I enjoyed being responsible for gathering all relevant information needed to build the case. It was like solving a complex puzzle however, by working in a structured, disciplined and fact-based way, I was able to draw conclusions that my stakeholders, who had much more relevant experience, were able to agree with. This led them to be able to make impactful decisions.
During my three projects, I have lived in Rotterdam (NL), Den Bosch (NL) and New York (US). Seeing and experiencing different working cultures has allowed me to become more flexible and open-minded. People from different cultures approach the same problem in different ways. Being aware and adapting your behaviour, can bring significant advantages.
The trainee development days
The training days are great and in my opinion, differentiate this International Trainee Programme from other first jobs. They have provided me with many insights, both in relation to content (the recurring Analytics Labs on problem solving methodologies, analytical techniques and stakeholder management) and in relation to approach (the recurring Skills Labs on communication, time management and personal leadership). The days are also a great opportunity to build a solid network with the other trainees. It is really useful to discuss daily challenges and struggles with other people who share the same mentality and background.