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Mathilde knew that she wanted to be a consultant when she joined Columbus. She loves interacting with customers and this role gave her the opportunity to understand their expectations and of course, her own personal development.
How it started
In August 2021, she joined Columbus Young Professionals Program. After "graduating," she started as Business Consultant within the Solution optimization team in Denmark. Focusing on security, integration, and retail, which sounds like a mouthful, but it basically means she ensured everything was secure and optimized for customers. "The opportunity was not just based on my previous role and experiences but also my interests," says Mathilde.
"The Young Professionals Programme has been an invaluable experience for me, and it has given me the chance to network, cross-collaborate and build lasting relationships with peers from different teams and backgrounds," says Mathilde.
Becoming an expert
A little more than a year later, in November 2022, Mathilde moved to a new team called Columbus Global Security and Access Management in our Dynamics business line. "It has been an exciting transition," she says. "This has given me the opportunity to become an expert in a specific area. I can deep dive and get the knowledge within my area of work." Mathilde's experience highlights the importance of staying agile and informed in today's fast-paced business world.
Mathilde continues, "The customers expect us to proactively engage with them. Their goal is to stay ahead of competition and as a digital advisor, customers expect me to be aware of the latest trends and how the industry is changing to make informed decisions that will benefit their business."
At Columbus, we believe in empowering our team members to pursue their passions and interests.
Not locked in a box
Mathilde loves working at Columbus because it gives her a lot of flexibility to change paths. If she wants to work in Retail and Integration again in the future, it is possible. She likes being a consultant at Columbus because she is not locked in a box, and if she wants to improve or change paths, she has many possibilities to explore.
Combining knowledge and skills
Trust is most important. Having the knowledge and skill is important, but customers must feel connected to me as an individual to trust my decisions and opinions
Mathilde's biggest learning at Columbus has been how to be both professional and relatable. Customers not only need someone they can trust in terms of expertise and knowledge, but also someone they can relate to as an individual. It is essential to balance professionalism and other areas such as empathy.
She has also come to recognize the importance of creating a strong first impression. Having the knowledge and skill is important, but customers must feel connected to trust her decisions and opinions. Ultimately, being at Columbus taught her how to blend the two sides together to ensure long-lasting, trusting relationships.
What a learning curve!
Professionally, Mathilde's learning curve has been steep. There have been countless learnings. Early on, there were lots of new areas, and now it is more focused. There are constant discussions about how to upskill and keep up with industry requirements. Furthermore, her manager and other leaders always recommend that they develop and give them the time and tools to do so.
"I see Columbus as a land of opportunities. The customer interactions, global peers, and the opportunities to learn new skills and tools have added to my learnings both personally and professionally," says Mathilde.
Mathilde's experience at Columbus has been amazing so far. She has achieved great goals, developed new skills, gained valuable experiences, and made lasting relationships with peers from different teams and backgrounds. At Columbus, we believe that our young professionals are the future of our company, and we are committed to providing them, and of course all of our employees, with the best opportunities to grow and succeed.
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