The FemaleTalent@ECB-Open Day is a unique opportunity for highly talented female students to learn more about the working environment at the European Central Bank (ECB). The event took place on 9 June 2016 in the ECB’s Main Building in Frankfurt, Germany. The focus of the event was on female talent, in line with the ECB’s strategy to attract female top talent to work for the ECB in particular with a background in one or more of the following disciplines: Finance, Economics, Business Administration, Accounting, Statistics, Mathematics, Science, Auditing, Engineering or Computer Science. The event covered various topics on career choices and what makes the ECB a great and attractive place to work.
Andrea Cardona is an IE Master in International Relations student, graduating in July 2016. Her background is mainly in International Business and Management. Thanks to IE Business School, and especially the Career Management Center, she was able to apply and was awarded the opportunity to attend this exclusive event. IE Business School was the only Spain-based school that was invited to this event. Andrea has shared with us her experience after a very productive pair of days at ECB.
On the 9th of June, I had the pleasure of being invited to the FemaleTalent@ECB-Open Day. Today, few weeks later, I want to share with all my colleagues what I have learned and experienced in such an amazing event.
The day commenced with a motivational speech from Mr. Michael Diemer (Chief Services Officer at ECB), who explained to us, from his experience, the opportunities and challenges of shifting from the private sector to the public sector. However, that was not all, Mr. Diemer brought it to our attention that we were there because we are talented women with a bright future ahead of us.
Afterwards, we had the opportunity to hear the experiences of different women working at the ECB. What I really appreciated is that they were very honest, as they not only spoke about the satisfaction of being part of the ECB, but also about the different struggles they have to deal with on a daily basis working there. Furthermore, they shared with us their educational and professional background, changing our perception that only people with financial or economic background can work at the ECB. Thank you Valèrie Saintot, Hanna Vogel, Renate Dittrich, Marina Nunes, Marilia Pefkianaki and Ziva Mitar. All these talented women gave us essential advice about how to become better professionals. They encouraged us to take every opportunity we have from the transition of university to our first job to get to know different people. They emphasized: socialize, be brave, and NETWORK because it will provide you with a better platform to learn. And don’t forget that good preparation is pivotal, but there is always a 20% chance of luck.
After the amazing discussion panel, during the lunch break we also had the opportunity to talk with different people from every department of the ECB, in order to get more information about them and to improve our networking skills. Furthermore, I was able to ask questions about my CV, check it with the HR personnel and get more information about the career opportunities that the ECB offers.
And finally, the best part of the day, a wonder woman came to give us the best coaching session ever! I feel the obligation to share Ms. Hetty Brand-Boswijk’s (Director Business Development at Rotterdam School of Management) message with every woman in the world. She started the session with a confident tone and motivated us by saying:
Her words resonated inside my head and it was evident that her words caused a multiplier effect across the crowd as women smiled and even walked around more confidently. Thank you so much Ms. Hetty for making us to believe in the wonder women that we are.
To conclude this amazing event, they introduced the different career opportunities that the ECB offers, especially, the traineeships and Graduate programs. They explained to us how to apply, the criteria required, and some useful tips in order to increase our chances of getting accepted. The most important thing that they shared with us was their amazing motivational work spirit, which was a driving force for the participants to become part of this big team.
Thank you so much ECB team!