By Malin Carlsson
I started in Nordea 2009 after graduating high school. Since then, I have been in various positions within Nordea, and also had some years off for studies. Two years ago, I made my way to the Nordea Markets trading floor. My journey here (so far), shows one of the perks of working in a large bank like Nordea; There’s a wide range of career opportunities, since there are so many different areas within the bank.
For me, working within Nordea Markets is working in a high paced environment with a lot of action since you’re at the front row of what’s happening in the market. The dynamic atmosphere and the buzz are things I really enjoy about my job.
Another thing that makes me thrive, is working together with all the competent and enthusiastic colleagues who challenge you in a good way, not to mention the close interaction with customers.
Full support and a lot of fun
In our team, we have a culture where we support each other, which for me is crucial to be able to succeed. And last but not least we have a lot of fun!
Looking closer at my team, from a diversity angle, we’re half-and-half with four women out of eight. So, I would say we have a very good gender balance. Overall in the trading floor, there are more men than women so I believe it’s still important to attract more women to Markets and banking in general.
My belief is that if/when we have a good mix between gender, ages and backgrounds, it’s easier to attract an even more diversified group of people going forward – which is important for our business, our customers, the society.
Focus on improving diversity and attracting more women
I’m sometimes asked why there aren’t more females in Markets, LC&I and the industry in general!
I don’t have a clear-cut answer, but I think prejudices of the “old culture” still affects the general view of how it is to work at a trading floor. The overall perception could be that it’s mostly men and there’s a certain male-dominated jargon going on, but that’s not the case. I would say it is a misconception that it’s a so-called “man’s world” (in a negative sense). If you ask me, it’s great place to work.