If you’re considering applying for a position as Future Finance Professional (FFP), (application periode for the FFP programme 2022 ends 10th Nov.), this blog might come in handy. Although it’s also relevant for non-applicants, juniors and seniors, as the three former FFPs share insights to work life, the culture and the vast career opportunities at Nordea Markets, LC&I.
They also tell about requirements, profile attributes and give advice on what to focus on in an application and interview process for a FFP position – while encouraging more females to apply for a FFP position or any job at Nordea.
Now, let’s meet Marja, Veera and Jasmin.
Marja Junell (31) – M.Sc. (Finance), Senior Sales Manager in Fixed Income Sales, Finland, Nordea Markets – in charge of fixed income business towards Asian clientele, and also covers some UK/US real money and hedge fund clients.
I started as FFP intern in 2016, working in the international fixed income sales team. After the summer, I worked half a year in the economic research team before returning to fixed income sales. Since then, I have mainly focused on building Nordea’s fixed income business in Japan. I did an exchange in Japan during high school and speak Japanese, so it’s been great to be able to use that skill in my work.
Heading onwards, as of 2022, I will move to Copenhagen to work at the office there. I look forward to sitting closer to trading – seated on the biggest trading floor in the Nordics – and to working together with many other colleagues.
I feel comfortable that Nordea will support me
During the four years I’ve worked here now, I’ve learned so much, and developed both professionally and personally. At Markets, if one is willing to take on responsibility, the managers support that, in my experience. When working with Asian customer, I mainly traded bonds, but when I asked to get more experience on derivatives, I was given the opportunity to also cover clients from the UK/US region. My move to Copenhagen is yet another opportunity for me to learn more and develop. In general, I think moving between different teams and business areas is supported by the managers, so if I want to try something new, I ask for it. I feel comfortable that Nordea will support me.
To make the most out of your job, and the many career opportunities here, being pro-active and having the courage to take on the responsibility to keep the business running is important. During summer there can be some quieter times, and those are good opportunities for you to learn from people in different teams, and expand your understanding of the financial markets. Being pro-active, curious and willing to learn are key features to succeed. Go for it!