| 157 »As a major international company, the corporate language is English. And every day I get to know new people with different back- grounds and new cultures. Diversity is very important to me, because I think it creates a good working environment« Jeppe Sidenius »I was worried that I couldn’t use the competences I’d learned from my studies« ADVERTISEMENT When Jeppe Sidenius graduated with an MSc in mathematical modelling and computation, he did not know what he wanted to do for a job, and after an interview at SimCorp he was unsure about how he could use his competences. ACQUIRING NEW KNOWLEDGE It was Jeppe’s professor at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) who got him in contact with his former manager. They arranged a coffee meeting and it resulted in a job interview. »SimCorp supplies financial IT solutions, and at first I couldn’t see how my expertise could fit in with this, and I wasn’t sure how I could use the competences I’d learned from my studies,« says Jeppe and continues: »But today I work as a senior software engineer at SimCorp, and it turned out to be a really good match, even though I had to search for a job outside my field. Over the past four years, I’ve learned everything about SCRUM and SAFe for programming, and I know now that, although we learned a lot on the study programme at university, being able to acquire new knowledge is the main skill I acquired.« TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND GET RESPONSIBILITY As a new employee, it takes time to find your feet, and one particular tip helped Jeppe find his. »The head of my department said that I should take on some of the tasks that no one else wanted to do, because that would give me new possibilities and responsibilities – and he was right,« says Jeppe and continues: »It also turned out that the tasks fit in well with my mathematical knowledge and my great desire to be constantly challenged. If you’re willing to take a chance, there are so many possibilities to reinvent yourself at SimCorp. It’s awesome.« INTERNATIONAL WORKING ENVIRONMENT SimCorp is a major international company with departments throughout the world, and this is one of the most attractive qualities of the company according to Jeppe. »As a major international company, the corporate language is English. And every day I get to know new people with different backgrounds and new cultures. Diversity is very important to me, because I think it creates a good working environment,« concludes Jeppe.
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