As a telecommunications and IT engineer, I started looking for a job at the beginning of 2010, during my final year of study. I had learnt about the job opportunities at the National Bank of Belgium from a ‘job day’ at my university. Although I met some of the Bank’s employees there, I did not have much idea what kind of work the Bank could offer me. The work did not seem to correspond to the qualifications specified in the job advertisement, but I nevertheless decided to apply.
Throughout the recruitment procedure I was really doubtful: there were about a hundred applicants for 4 jobs, and people say all sorts of things about the Bank, which is viewed as a bit dull, like the civil service, so that several times I felt like giving up. But in the end, when I was accepted by the IT Infrastructure service and offered a job, I was delighted; I realised that my doubts were unfounded and that this was where I wanted to work. I could then be quite relaxed about turning down the offers I had received from other companies. In September 2010, a few days after gaining my degree, I started my job at the Bank.
What do I like about this work? First, the duties in my job as systems engineer. It primarily involves communication with the other departments to meet their needs and provide them with the infrastructures that they require. There is a lot of team work. The job also enables me to explore a world that I find fascinating: Unix.
There are many advantages to working at the Bank, particularly financial benefits, but also the facilities it provides and the ease of access. What I also liked in these times of crisis is the job security and the chance to gain a thorough training at my own pace. But above all, it is the convivial atmosphere at the Bank that made me want to work there.
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