Nicolas Colpaert - Actuary
It was the best possible environment and guidance to finish the project of my dissertation. The Bank suggested that I’d work on Solvency II, which I immediately took to.
As I actually first gained a degree in economics and only then started to read actuarial science for two years, I initially wanted to start working in a company operating in a macroeconomic environment, playing a social part and having a European dimension. Such an aspiration automatically leads one to the National Bank, for that is the only employer combining all those characteristics.
In 2013 the NBB was present at a trainee career fair for students in actuarial science. What I found particularly attractive at that point in time was that I could go on working on my dissertation during the traineeship. The Bank suggested that I’d work on Solvency II, which I immediately took to. For 9 months I have been able to devote two days a week to this research. It was the best possible environment and guidance to finish the project.
One of the major advantages of such a traineeship is that the Bank has the opportunity to get to know you very well. On the other hand, I gained a very good understanding of what the Bank represents and the opportunities it might open up for me. In addition, I was involved with a very current topic which will remain of the utmost importance in the years to come. Nevertheless I had to go through the usual selection process involving an assessment and a selection interview, which I both passed. But as a result of the traineeship I am now already operational, although I only started working in August 2014.