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Raymond Qualms' Challenging Adventure as a Trainee at The Public Network

Are you about to graduate and want a career where you can make an impact? Then a traineeship in the public sector is a great challenge. Take The Public Network, for example, where as an information management trainee, you contribute to improving information management at government agencies and have plenty of room to grow. Wondering if such a traineeship is a good fit for you?We sat down with Raymond Qualm to ask about his career path, the projects he's working on, and the development he's undergoing during his traineeship. Why a traineeship wasn't Raymond's first choice but turned out to be his best.The Public Network helps starters develop into professionals through guidance in personal leadership, professional skills, and subject matter expertise. They offer this through various traineeships, including the Information Management Traineeship. Here, the trainee focuses on improving information processes within the public sector and advising on how to make their information systems more transparent and efficient.To say that Raymond Qualm hasn't been idle in recent years would be an understatement. He holds two master's degrees - Public Sector Management and Communication Sciences - and knew during his studies that he wanted a job where he could contribute to society. Yet after graduating, he still had no idea what he wanted to do.“I knew I wanted to work for an organization with a public purpose, but I had no clue where or in what role.” After a broad search and multiple applications, he discovered that two master's degrees do not guarantee a job. “During interviews, it kept coming up that I lacked practical experience. After six months, I still only had rejections."Initially, a traineeship wasn't his preference, but in Raymond's situation, it turned out to be the best step. “I came across The Public Network on LinkedIn and was immediately excited. Their work around the Open Government Act really appealed to me. I knew that in this traineeship, I could be engaged in societal work and the coursework from my studies perfectly aligned with it."

Raymond Qualms' Challenging Adventure as a Trainee at The Public Network

Are you about to graduate and want a career where you can make an impact? Then a traineeship in the public sector is a great challenge. Take The Public Network, for example, where as an information management trainee, you contribute to improving information management at government agencies and have plenty of room to grow. Wondering if such a traineeship is a good fit for you?We sat down with Raymond Qualm to ask about his career path, the projects he's working on, and the development he's undergoing during his traineeship. Why a traineeship wasn't Raymond's first choice but turned out to be his best.The Public Network helps starters develop into professionals through guidance in personal leadership, professional skills, and subject matter expertise. They offer this through various traineeships, including the Information Management Traineeship. Here, the trainee focuses on improving information processes within the public sector and advising on how to make their information systems more transparent and efficient.To say that Raymond Qualm hasn't been idle in recent years would be an understatement. He holds two master's degrees - Public Sector Management and Communication Sciences - and knew during his studies that he wanted a job where he could contribute to society. Yet after graduating, he still had no idea what he wanted to do.“I knew I wanted to work for an organization with a public purpose, but I had no clue where or in what role.” After a broad search and multiple applications, he discovered that two master's degrees do not guarantee a job. “During interviews, it kept coming up that I lacked practical experience. After six months, I still only had rejections."Initially, a traineeship wasn't his preference, but in Raymond's situation, it turned out to be the best step. “I came across The Public Network on LinkedIn and was immediately excited. Their work around the Open Government Act really appealed to me. I knew that in this traineeship, I could be engaged in societal work and the coursework from my studies perfectly aligned with it."

Forvis Mazars: working in the international top of accountancy

On June 1, 2024, Mazars and FORVIS joined forces, and started a brand new network called Forvis Mazars, catapulting them into the ranks of the world's top 10 of the accounting industry. With a workforce of over 40,000 professionals, they are still expanding and actively seeking interns, working students, and fresh graduates to join their team.

A Glimpse into Mars’ Internship Programs with Brand Marketing Intern Mirthe

Curious about a career in the FMCG industry? The Brand Marketing Internship at Mars offers students an exciting introduction to this fast-paced sector. Mirthe Janssen is currently a brand marketing intern at Mars, involved in exciting projects for well-known products. Check out our interview with Mirthe to find out what her job involves, how she's developing professionally, her plans for the future, and get some useful tips for starting your career.

Breaking into Energy Tech: Siddarth's Journey with Samsung Climate Solutions

Meet Siddarth Uppili Raghavan, a Presales Trainee at Samsung Climate Solutions. Originally from Singapore, Siddarth completed his master's in Sustainable Innovation at TU Eindhoven. Finding a job was tough as Siddarth was very much focused on breaking into the field of energy technology, but employers didn't see the immediate value of a Sustainability graduate compared to a Software Scientist, Electrical Engineer, or MBA.However, his career path took a positive turn when he connected with Samsung Climate Solutions through Magnet.me. They saw his potential and offered him a role that combines his sustainability expertise with real-world energy solutions. Read our interview to see how Siddarth turned challenges into successes, discover his exciting projects, and get tips for your own career path.

Behind the scenes with Job Davidse, junior consultant at Emixa

Are you (almost) graduated and eager to start your career as a consultant at a major organization? We sat down with Job Davidse, who works as a junior consultant at Emixa. In this interview, he shares how he landed this challenging role, what his daily life as a consultant looks like and how Emixa facilitates both professionals and personal growth. He also offers some valuable tips for students about to enter the job market.

A glimpse into the experience of Jelmer Reichert's, former trainee at Emixa

About to graduate but unsure of your next steps? An IT consulting traineeship at Emixa could be the challenge you’re looking for. As a trainee at Emixa, you’ll lay a strong foundation for your career and smoothly transition from student life to the professional world. Emixa also places a high value on personal development, helping you grow both professionally and personally.Curious about what an Emixa traineeship entails? We spoke with Jelmer Reichert, who joined Emixa as a Process & IT trainee three years ago. In this interview, Jelmer shares how he got started at Emixa, his daily tasks, how the company supports his development, and the project he’s most proud of. Plus, he offers some golden tips for students considering a traineeship. Read on!

Inside Mars’ Management Traineeship: Stephanie on the Mars Leadership Experience

The General Management Traineeship at Mars offers graduates a flying start in the FMCG industry. This three-year program includes three distinct roles within the company, each focused on developing skills in project management, team leadership, and strategic decision-making at both national and international levels.Stephanie Slee is a management trainee at Mars, currently serving as the Customer & Category Manager for the BE-KIND brand. Read our interview with Stephanie to learn about her initial months at Mars, her growth in her role, her future plans, and discover valuable tips for those just starting out in the job market.

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Interview | Tara Frantzen – HR-officer/assistant at NN Group

Ever wondered what it’s like to work at a leading financial company? Meet Tara Frantzen, HR assistant at NN Group, who offers a glimpse into the daily life at NN Group. Learn about her day-to-day activities and experiences, and discover what sets working at NN Group apart from the rest.

A Peek Inside PGGM's Traineeship Programs with Sanne

Let’s cut to the chase: finance isn’t just about crunching numbers or predicting market trends—activities that seem remote and impersonal; it could also be about securing futures—yours and that of millions of others. At least, that’s the case with PGGM. As a leader in the pension fund industry, PGGM embodies this mission by aiming for impactful investments that promise secure, green futures. With its strong roots in healthcare and its status as a non-profit cooperative, PGGM stands out for all the right reasons.If the thought of a career in finance has always excited you, or if the idea of pensions is new (and yes, exciting) to you, PGGM’s traineeship programs are designed to challenge, inspire, and transform you into the professional the future needs. To know what it’s really like, we spoke to Sanne, a management trainee, who shared her experiences of how PGGM nurtures its trainees for success.

Interview | Robin van Heesch, Junior Data Consultant at Dux Group

Are you considering a career in data & technology? Then understanding the personal journeys of those who have embarked on similar paths can be insightful. In this interview, we meet Robin van Heesch, a junior data consultant at DUX Group since May 2022. Robin elaborates on her experience with DUX Group and discusses how she became part of the organization. She delves into the specifics of her role within the company and narrates the academic and professional journey that has brought her to her current position.

Interview | Max Heijmans, Working Student Data & Analytics at Deloitte

Working in data and tech offers a wide range of opportunities, but navigating the complex realm can be challenging. What motivates professionals at Deloitte? And what journey did their career take them on? In this interview, Max Heijmans, a Working Student from Deloitte’s Data & Analytics team is introduced.’ Max provides insights into his academic background, transitioning from intern to working student. He shares his experiences, emphasizing the collaborative nature of his role and the inclusive work culture at Deloitte. Explore the dynamic realm of data and analytics at Deloitte through Max’s journey, offering inspiration to those considering a similar path.

Interview | Marjet Welleweerd, Associate Manager at Accenture

Are you considering a career in the dynamic world of data & technology? The field offers countless opportunities, but understanding the personal journeys of those who have embarked on similar paths can be insightful. Gain insights from Marjet Welleweerd, an Associate Manager at Accenture Technology. With a background in Economics and Business Administration, Marjet discusses her five-year journey at Accenture, where she currently leads projects for one of the largest banks in the Netherlands. From managing agile teams to internal responsibilities as a people lead and vice-chairman of Accenture Netherlands’ Works Council.

Interview | Yol Tio, Project Management Trainee at Ormit Talent

The pursuit of a professional path is frequently a narrative of transformation and self-discovery, where individuals embark on a journey to not only build their careers but also uncover new aspects of themselves. To shed light on what motivates and directs early-career professionals, we’ve conducted insightful interviews with individuals who are navigating their career paths in diverse industries.In this interview, we introduce you to Yol Tio, a former Chemistry student who transitioned into the realm of Project Management at Ormit Talent. He shares his experiences, insights, and the distinctive culture that sets Ormit apart. Join us in exploring his journey as he delves into the world of data, technology, and professional growth.

Interview | Ramyaa Khan, Consultant Process and Information Management at Dux Group

The pursuit of a professional path is frequently a narrative of transformation and self-discovery, where individuals embark on a journey to not only build their careers but also uncover new aspects of themselves. To shed light on what motivates and directs early-career professionals, we’ve conducted insightful interviews with individuals who are navigating their career paths in diverse industries.Meet Ramyaa Khan, a consultant in process and information management at Dux since December of last year. Take a closer look at her educational background and professional journey as she unfolds her experiences as a consultant at Dux Group.

Interview | Lewis Jansen, M&A Data Analyst at Deloitte

Working in data and tech offers a wide range of opportunities, but navigating the complex realm can be challenging. What motivates professionals at Deloitte? And what journey did their career take them on? In this interview, we invite you to explore the answers to these questions through the eyes of Lewis Jansen, a member of Deloitte’s M&A analytics team. Lewis shares his academic and career adventures, shedding light on the pivotal moments that brought him to his current role. He discusses the excitement of working in a field that seamlessly blends his dual passions for data and business. Join us as we delve into his insights and gain a glimpse into the dynamic world of M&A data analytics at Deloitte.

Interview | Josja Veul, Multicompany Management Trainee at Ormit Talent

The pursuit of a professional path is frequently a narrative of transformation and self-discovery, where individuals embark on a journey to not only build their careers but also uncover new aspects of themselves. To shed light on what motivates and directs early-career professionals, we’ve conducted insightful interviews with individuals who are navigating their career paths in diverse industries.In this interview, we introduce you to Josja Veul, a Multicompany Management Trainee at Ormit Talent. Josja shares her academic background, her journey before joining Ormit, and her experiences working in various roles. Discover the unique aspects of Ormit’s culture and the valuable insights she has gained in the corporate world.

A Glimpse into the World of: Sahand Fescharakifard as SAP Digital Transformation Business Analyst at Deloitte

Are you curious about the career journeys of professionals in the world of data & technology? This sector offers a wide range of opportunities, but navigating the complex realm of business analysis, digital transformation, and ERP systems can be challenging. What motivates experts at Deloitte? And what did their career path look like?To answer these questions, we engage in a conversation with Sahand Fescharakifard, SAP Digital Transformation Business Analyst at Deloitte. In his interview, Sahand elaborates on his academic and professional journey, sharing the valuable experiences that have contributed to his current career. Thereafter, he provides insights into his role and the impact he is making in the world of technology and business processes. Discover more about his journey and be inspired by reading the interview below.

Karen’s Journey: From Marketing Student to Data Analyst at Deloitte

The data and technology sector offers a wealth of opportunities, so it’s important to find out what career fits you best by getting inspired by others. So what drives individuals in companies like Deloitte, known for their innovation and diverse work environments? And how do they find their unique way into these roles?In this interview, we get to know Karen Ren, a Recruitment Data Analyst at Deloitte, as she elaborates on her academic and career story. She shares her experiences that have shaped her career and discusses her role in the field of recruitment data analysis. Get ready for a glimpse into the dynamic world of data and analytics within Deloitte, and discover how her journey might inspire others.

A Glimpse into the World of: Daphne Seignette as Sales & Service Management Consultant at Accenture

Are you considering a career in the dynamic world of data & technology? The field offers countless opportunities, but understanding the personal journeys of those who have embarked on similar paths can be insightful. In this interview, we introduce you to Daphne Seignette, a Sales & Service Management Consultant at Accenture. Take a closer look at Daphne’s educational background and professional journey as she unfolds her experiences in sales and service management consultancy.

Interview Monica Liliana Chavez Toledo – Supply Chain: Procurement Intern

If you’re interested in the FMCG & Retail industry and need some direction in starting your career, this interview series is for you. We present conversations with employees in entry-level positions currently working in the sector, sharing their perspectives and insights from companies such as Ahold Delhaize, Pon, and Unilever.Meet Monica Liliana Chavez Toledo, an intern at Unilever in the Supply Chain and Procurement department. Monica will be your virtual guide, offering an in-depth look into her role, the responsibilities she has, and the unique culture at Unilever which makes her job so much fun! With Monica’s insights, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the fast-paced FMCG industry and get a glimpse into what it’s like being a Supply Chain and Procurement intern at Unilever.

Interview Dirk de Vries – UX Design Intern at Ahold Delhaize

If you’re interested in a career in the FMCG industry but not sure where to start, our interview series is here to help. We feature conversations with current professionals in the sector, providing personal insights and experiences from top companies like Ahold Delhaize, Pon, and Unilever.Let us introduce Dirk de Vries, an UX Design Intern at Ahold Delhaize. In this interview, Dirk offers a glimpse into his role, unravels the distinctive qualities that make Ahold Delhaize an extraordinary workplace, and provides valuable guidance and advice to students seeking internships in the exciting field of (UX) design.

Interview Stan van Ruiten – General Management Trainee at Eurofins

We had the opportunity to speak with Stan van Ruiten, a General Management Trainee at Eurofins. Eurofins is a company specializing in laboratory testing and scientific services across various industries. With a broad range of expertise, they offer analytical testing, environmental services, pharmaceutical testing, food safety analysis, and more.Gain insights into Eurofins’ corporate culture, the dynamics of a fast-paced work environment, and discover the valuable aspects of Stan’s traineeship at Eurofins.

Interview Pooja Karthik – Junior Structural Engineer at Ampelmann

Are you eager to kickstart your engineering career? In this interview series we chatted with a group of talented engineers employed at prominent companies in the industry, including Vattenfall, Ampelmann, and Eurofins.In this interview, we’ll introduce you to Pooja Karthik, a Junior Structural Engineer at Ampelmann. Pooja will provide you with an insider’s perspective on working at Ampelmann, also highlighting what sets it apart as an employer. She’ll share her experiences and give you a glimpse into the life of a Junior Structural Engineer. Get ready to gain valuable insights and get motivated to work in the field of engineering!

Interview Siebren Veraart – Supply Chain Management Trainee at Heineken

Are you excited to kickstart your career in the field of supply chain? Get a unique insider perspective into the dynamic world of Heineken. In this interview, we hear from Siebren Veraart, a Heineken Supply Chain Management Trainee. Siebren provides an inside look into the world of Heineken, sharing insights about the diverse tasks and responsibilities he faces within the traineeship, and explains why Heineken exceeds all his expectations as an employer. Join us as we delve into Siebren’s story and discover what makes Heineken a remarkable place to work.

Interview Lente Özgüner – Junior Account Manager Foods at Unilever

If you’re eager to dive into the dynamic world of the FMCG & Retail industry but feel uncertain about where to take your first steps, look no further! This interview series features conversations with professionals currently working in the sector, where they provide their perspectives and insights from companies like Ahold Delhaize, Pon, and Unilever.Meet Lente Özgüner, a Junior Account Manager Foods at Unilever, who will give us a closer look at her job, what it involves and what makes working at Unilever unique. With Lente as your guide, you’ll gain invaluable insights into the fast-paced FMCG field and discover what it’s like being a Junior Account Manager at Unilever.

Interview Anna Begeer – General Management Trainee at Eurofins

If you’re considering a career in engineering and you’re interested in learning more about working in the field, explore our interviews with junior engineers from Heineken, Ampelmann, Eurofins, and Vattenfall.Explore the world of Eurofins through the eyes of Anna Begeer. As a General Management Trainee at Eurofins, Anna finds herself immersed in a dynamic and fast-paced environment, where she tackles multiple high-impact projects. Learn more as she shares her experiences with her day-to-day responsibilities, the dynamic work environment, and what it takes to succeed as a General Management Trainee.

Interview Rikus de Lange – Consultant at Roland Berger

Considering a career in consulting and looking to learn more about life at top firms such as Roland Berger, Accenture, and &samhoud? This series of interviews features entry-level consultants who provide a unique perspective on their experiences in the industry.In this interview, Rikus de Lange, a Consultant at Roland Berger, shares why he enjoys working on challenging projects at Roland Berger, how the company’s culture fosters collaboration and innovation, and why the fun doesn’t stop even after you enter the workforce.

Interview Sterre Fransz – Merchandising & Sourcing Assistant at Ahold Delhaize

If you’re considering a career in the FMCG & Retail industry but feel uncertain where to start, our interview series with industry-leading companies will provide you with some valuable insights. We spoke with young professionals currently working in the sector, who share their personal experiences and insights from companies such as Ahold Delhaize, Pon, and Unilever.Meet Sterre Fransz, a dynamic force within Ahold Delhaize, holding the position of Merchandising and Sourcing Assistant for their brand, Albert Heijn. Ahold Delhaize is the overarching organization not just of Albert Heijn, but also of Gall&Gall and Etos. In our interview, Sterre shares valuable insights into her role, the unique aspects of working at Ahold Delhaize, and shines light on the cherished company culture.

Interview Daan van Spengler – Strategy Analyst at Accenture

If you’re curious about the life of a Strategy Analyst, look no further. We sat down with a group of entry-level consultants to give you an inside look into working at top firms like &samhoud, Accenture, and Roland Berger.Today, we’re featuring Daan van Spengler, a Strategy Analyst at Accenture. Read his perspective on the world of consultancy, gain insights into his work experiences, and what makes the job exciting to Daan.

Interview Eva Houbiers – Onshore Wind Construction Manager at Vattenfall

Looking to kickstart your career in engineering? Look no further! We’ve interviewed a group of talented entry-level engineers who are working at some of the biggest and most exciting companies around, including Vattenfall, Ampelmann, Eurofins, and Heineken.In this exclusive interview, you’ll hear from Eva Houbiers, an Onshore Wind Construction Manager at Vattenfall. She’ll give you a sneak peek into the world of the Vattenfall International Trainee Program, share what makes working at Vattenfall so special, and provide an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to be an Onshore Wind Construction Manager. Get ready to be inspired and learn all about this fascinating field of engineering.

Interview Gitte Hornung – Operational Technology Trainee at Heineken

Are you considering a career in engineering, but wondering what it’s really like to work in the field? Look no further than our interview series with entry-level engineers at Heineken, Ampelmann, Eurofins, and Vattenfall. We’ve had a chat with Gitte Hornung, an Operational Technology Trainee at Heineken. Get an inside look at Gitte’s day-to-day work, learn about the unique company culture at Heineken, and discover why she’s passionate about her role as an Operational Technology Trainee.

Interview Jasper Doornbos – Junior Consultant at &samhoud

Have you always wondered what working as a consultant is like? We spoke with a number of entry-level consultants in the consultancy industry. Through this series of interviews, you will discover what it’s like to work as a consultant at &samhoud, Accenture and Roland Berger.Our third interviewee is Jasper Doornbos, a Junior Consultant at &samhoud. Keep reading to learn more about his work as a consultant, why your workday is always interesting at &samhoud and what makes the culture and atmosphere at the company so warm and welcoming.

Interview Claire Post – Consultant at Roland Berger

Curious about a career in consultancy but not sure where to start? In this interview series, we’ve spoken to entry-level consultants who share firsthand accounts of their experiences at top firms like Roland Berger, Accenture, and &samhoud.In this feature, we hear from Claire Post, a Consultant at Roland Berger, who provides insights into her role, the unique aspects of working at Roland Berger, and her experiences in the consulting industry.

Interview Matthijs Bussemakers – Offshore Wind System Design Engineer at Vattenfall

Are you interested in learning more about the world of engineering? In this series of interviews, we have spoken to a group of professionals in engineering who provide firsthand accounts of their experiences working at top companies such as Vattenfall, Ampelmann, Eurofins, and Heineken.Our first interviewee is Matthijs Bussemakers, an Offshore Wind System Design Engineer at Vattenfall. Matthijs shares his experience in the dynamic world of offshore wind energy. Discover how he thrives in a competitive environment, collaborates with colleagues from diverse disciplines, and works towards a sustainable future. Don’t miss out on valuable insights and advice from Matthijs for those starting their careers.

Interview Anouk Roosenschoon – Management Consulting Analyst at Accenture

Are you curious about the world of consulting? For this interview series, we’ve had the opportunity to speak with a group of entry-level consultants to provide you with an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to work at consultancy firms like &samhoud, Accenture, and Roland Berger.Our next interviewee is Anouk Roosenschoon, a Management Consulting Analyst at Accenture. Join us as we delve into her experience working at Accenture, learn about the company’s atmosphere, and gain valuable advice for those aspiring to become a Management Consulting Analyst.

Interview Arnaud Roodhuyzen de Vries – Junior Consultant at &samhoud

Have you always wondered what working as a consultant is like? In this series of interviews, we spoke to a group of entry-level consultants to give you a firsthand account of what it’s like to work at top firms like &samhoud, Accenture, and Roland Berger. Our first interviewee is Arnaud Roodhuyzen de Vries, a Junior Consultant at &samhoud. Discover his insights into the world of consultancy, his experiences on the job, and why he finds the working culture at &samhoud so motivating.

Interview Feyza Sen – Product Owner at Van Lanschot Kempen

Have you always wanted to know what it’s like to work at a prestigious finance company? We spoke with a number of entry-level professionals and trainees in the finance & banking industry. In this series of interviews, you will find out what it’s like to work at NN Group, Van Lanschot Kempen, De Volksbank and PGGM.Feyza Sen, our fifth interviewee, works at Van Lanschot Kempen as Product Owner. Continue reading to find out more about what Feyza studied before becoming a Product Owner, what working in stakeholder management encompasses and what kind of mentality is important in the Van Lanschot Kempen culture.

Interview Jevon Ong – Investment Office trainee at NN Group

Have you always wanted to know what it’s like to work at a financial service company? We spoke to a number of entry-level professionals and trainees in the finance & banking industry. In this series of interviews, you will find out what it’s like to work at NN Group, Van Lanschot Kempen, De Volksbank and PGGM.Our second interviewee, Jevon Ong, currently works as an Investment Office trainee at NN Group. Keep reading to learn about Jevon’s experience as a trainee, his insights on working at NN Group and his tips for those aspiring to pursue a traineeship in finance.

Interview Stefan van Duijn – Finance and Risk trainee at NN Group

Have you always wanted to know what it’s like to work at a prestigious finance company? Here at Magnet.me, we spoke to a number of entry-level professionals and trainees in the finance & banking industry. In this series of interviews, you will find out what it’s like to work at NN Group, Van Lanschot Kempen, De Volksbank and PGGM.Stefan van Duijn, our first interview candidate, is working as a Finance and Risk trainee at NN Group. Continue reading to find out more about what Stefan did before starting at NN Group, how he is experiencing his role as a Finance and Risk trainee, what stands out about working at NN Group and what he had wanted to know before starting in his role.

Navigating Career Paths: TOPdesk’s Commitment to Personal Development

Personal and professional development plays a key role in job satisfaction, especially for those just starting their careers. According to research by Magnet.me, 49% of job satisfaction depends on the opportunities for advancement. TOPdesk distinguishes itself as an employer by actively supporting the growth of its employees with initiatives like “10 to Grow,” a program that provides employees with a budget and time for personal and professional development, as well as opportunities for a career switch to IT.To gain insight into how TOPdesk shapes these development trajectories, we spoke with Luke van Velthoven, Talent Lead at TOPdesk, responsible for guiding and encouraging colleagues through new work challenges. We also talked to Galina Todorova, an online marketer, who benefits from the development opportunities within TOPdesk.