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ABN AMRO gives me the chance to work on projects that matter, and to get to know the company in all its aspects. What I enjoy most at Large Corporates is the professional and young working environment.

Right from the off, Corporate Finance trainees are put to work on projects that matter Charlot Schutten Charlot Schutten Trainee

No two days the same

Having completed work placements at the Dutch delegation to the United Nations and a merchant bank, I knew that Corporate Finance was the place for me. I had a number of criteria when I applied for the Corporate Finance specialisation within the Corporate Banking Graduate Programme: I wanted to improve my professional knowledge, I wanted diversity and I wanted to be challenged over and over. One thing that I really enjoy is that no two days are the same. One day I might be learning about negotiation techniques, the next I am seeing the immediate impact of political or economic reality on my job. This combination shows me that I have made the right choice.

Challenging, but a leap of faith

Right from the off, Corporate Finance trainees are put to work on projects and transactions that matter. In my first week I immediately joined a vastly experienced team, and I was on a steep learning curve. Within a matter of weeks I had become familiar with a wide variety of sectors: from real estate and coffee to offshore wind turbines and helicopter decks. During the Corporate Banking Graduate Programme you spend three years on rotation, working as a full member of several different departments. This teaches you learn all the specific skills that you need: how to conduct financial analyses and valuations, how to review business strategies and how to carry out various different steps within the M&A process. This diversity energises me every day.

Career path

What surprised me most was how much trust ABN AMRO placed in me right away. I was given a great deal of responsibility within this ambitious environment. Opportunities are plenty, and I am given plenty of opportunities to show initiative. That is a great benefit of working for a large organisation such as ABN AMRO: the diversity.
Three years might seem like a long time to spend rotating through different departments at International Clients. Yet the time has flown by with all these projects, and I still need to specialise more. I am also taking financial training courses and completing the personal development path. I have so many options that it is great to be able to exchange ideas with my mentor and coach about my career path at the bank.

Work hard, then relax

I also enjoy having the opportunity to grow and the dynamic working environment here at Large Corporates. We work hard, but we also find time to relax. Every week I go out for drinks or dinner or to sport classes with my co-workers and the other trainees. This year twenty of us will be sailing to England to take part in the Race of the Classics, and I will be joining ABN AMRO’s hockey team shortly.


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