Barbara Danneels completed last year her master’s in Multilingual Business Communication and we had the pleasure to welcome her as our intern! After her graduation, we helped her finding the perfect match on the labour market. Now, one year later, we contacted her with the question to share her experiences so far, and we wouldn’t want to keep her beautiful story from you!
There you are, finally graduated from university, finally done studying for hours in a row, spending hours writing and re-writing your dissertation: free at last… or not? This last step towards full adulthood feels threatening to most graduating students, 1 year and 2 months ago I was one of them. Let me take you on my journey into the world of the working people.
I chose to study languages and literature. Once I graduated (after an additional master in multilingual business communication) I did not feel ready to start working at all. But not only did I not feel ready, I also had no clue whatsoever what it was I wanted to do. A few months past and when February came around the corner I realised that I needed some professional guidance in my search for my first job. Thanks to my internship at Crossbridge I knew exactly where to go.
During the 3 months I had worked at Crossbridge I had gotten to know the company and the people who work there. I had chosen to do my internship in the recruitment business because I hoped to find out more about which positions there were on the market and what companies were looking for exactly when they put out a vacancy. Already from day 1 I realised I had a completely wrong idea about the whole recruitment and selection process. Whereas I initially thought that companies would be mostly interested by the kind of degree(s) and work experience of the candidates, I quickly learned that more than anything it was personality and a person’s unique blend of talents that mattered most. And this is exactly what makes Crossbridge stand out from other recruitment companies: they look at you as a unique blend of personal skills and talents, not as a number with a certain kind of degree. Day in day out, the whole Crossbridge team selects, recruits, guides and trains freshly graduated students and young talents and help them discover their own unique combination of talents.
Since I had worked for them, the Crossbridge team already knew what kind of person I was and therefore they knew exactly where I would most likely fit in. They had more confidence in me than I had in myself at that time. They knew that I would blend in perfectly in a company like Worldline, where there is mutual respect between colleagues and room to grow for young talents. It is a company with an open communication, friendly atmosphere and pleasant work environment. A company where someone with my type of personality would feel comfortable enough to take on new and exciting challenges and build on her personal and professional skills.
The fact that they had faith in me, gave me back the confidence I needed to take on the job. Although the first few months were quite stressful, there has not been one moment since I started working for Worldline that I have regret my choice. And I am still grateful to Raf, Marleen, Eva, Patricia, Marjolijn and the other members of the Crossbridge team for giving me the opportunity and believing in me. Without them I would not be where I am today in my professional career. To all those who are afraid that they won’t find a job, lack the degree or experience to enter the workplace: trust me, you have no reason to. Everyone has his/her own talents and experiences, and companies need a mixture of everything. There will always be a place for every kind of person, no matter which degree you have. Or as my very wise manager Hans likes to put it: “people buy from people”. And I couldn’t agree more.