Graduate Programme


Start a rewarding career as a Nordea graduate

Do you want to kick-start your career? Join our thorough and structured programme focusing on your personal and professional development.

Get to know the Nordea Graduate Programme, requirements and how you can join one of the largest financial services groups in Northern Europe. Below, you also meet former graduate, Jon who shares his career path after the programme.

This is the programme

Nordea Graduate Programme has been running since year 2000 with more than 750 participants so far. It is a talent programme that is designed to create extra value for you, Nordea and our customers, and hence the three corner stones of our programme are business knowledge, employeeship and personal growth.

On an overall level, the programme consists of two major parts with two main elements each: A general part consisting of international seminars and a mentoring process and a business track with a mix of on-the-job-training and business specific activities.

The general part

The general part of the programme runs for 1 year and consists of four international seminars where you meet fellow graduates from different countries and different parts of Nordea. You also have regular meetings with your mentor. As a graduate, you get the best possible opportunity to create networks and unfold your potential while increasing your personal awareness and business knowledge.

The seminars take place in the Nordic capital areas and include presentations, workshops, business cases and training sessions, as well as informal networking activities.


The business track

Depending on which business area you are employed in, this part of the programme runs for 1-2 years. The business track focuses on you getting to know your profession and the value chain which you are a part of. Learn more about our business tracks in Group Functions, Retail Banking, Wealth Management and Wholesale Banking.

Requirements to become a graduate

A Master’s degree, maximum two years' post-academic working experience, excellent English skills and a high potential are the requirements for a graduate in Nordea. Furthermore, you need to pass an ability test, where your numerical, verbal and inductive capabilities are tested.

In addition, you need the right personal balance and attitude and we expect you to be self-confident and self-driven as well as having the mind-set to constantly improve your competence and develop yourself.

In some of the graduate positions, you are expected to show a long record of academic achievements, whereas in others we emphasise your ability to engage in relationships. Specific recruitment criteria are defined in each job ad.

Apply to the programme

Recruitment for the 2015 programme starts in September 2014 in Norway and - depending on the specific business area - during late fall and spring in Denmark, Finland and Sweden. During this period, job ads are continuously posted on the job pages.

We recommend that you start a subscription for upcoming graduate positions to make sure that you get an e-mail as soon as a position is posted.

Most graduate positions are for a particular location (country and/or organisational area) but for some, we recruit the best candidate to be located in any of the four Nordic capitals. Each job ad contains detailed information about the position, its location and application date.

Note that you, if you want to apply for more than one position, need to send separate applications for each position. Your application will be processed by the business area in question and you find relevant contact information in each job ad.