For 26-year-old Katrine Rasmussen, the path from life as a student to a full-time job at Systematic has been a natural step in her career development, and has provided valuable experience with real-world assignments.
How did your career start in Systematic?
"It all started with an internship in the People & Culture department. The reason I applied for a job at Systematic was that I had to spend a semester as a trainee in conjunction with my graduate studies in business communication at the School of Business and Social Sciences at Aarhus University. I’ve always known that I wanted work with HR, but it’s a very wide field, and as a student it’s hard to be clear about what working in an HR department actually involves. Systematic appealed to me as an employer, because I had heard from Systematic employees that the People & Culture department gave its staff considerable responsibility and a broad experience in HR, and that attracted me.
Name: Katrine Rasmussen
Position: Recruitment Specialist
Education: Degree in Business Communication from the School of Business and Social Sciences at Aarhus University, Denmark
Leisure: Systematic running club, reading, socialising with friends and family
Started at Systematic: August 2017
Why was it natural for you to continue in Systematic?
"It was natural to continue after my internship because I had worked with employer branding as part of the Systematic recruitment team. While I wrote my graduate thesis, I was offered the job as a student assistant in the same department. The idea was that I should help the two new interns because I knew about the tasks involved, and that meant I also had greater responsibility with regard to recruiting new student assistants for Systematic. My previous experience and insight into the recruitment processes in Systematic meant that once my thesis was complete I became a full-time member of the recruitment team."
How has Systematic helped you develop, in professional as well as personal terms?
"Systematic is flexible about enabling student assistants to get their studies and their jobs to harmonise, because education is also a high priority for Systematic. My work skills have developed considerably as a result of the responsibilities and tasks I was given – first as an intern, then as a student assistant and now as a recruitment specialist. Even during my trainee period I worked closely with the project managers, so the transition in my career at Systematic has been relatively fluid. Personally, I’ve benefited enormously by moving from my studies into a workplace in which colleagues with high seniority and professionalism have regarded me as an valuable resource. So, in both professional and personal terms, my experience at Systematic has helped me a lot."
What challenges have you experienced when switching between your different Systematic job descriptions?
"Work-wise, the challenges have been the greater scope and responsibility that I’ve taken on over the years in my job at Systematic. This has mostly involved the first job interviews and rejections I have had to give to hopeful applicants. A job interview is often nerve-wracking for both parties, and of course I am aware of the feeling of having a good impression on a new potential employer. Additionally, it has also been interesting to learn how to deal with the practical aspects of Systematic’s many recruitment efforts. Apart from all this, I think the transitions between my different jobs at Systematic have been pretty painless, with the one big challenge being to strike the right balance between studies and the job."
Has Systematic been able to make use of your knowledge as a graduate?
"Definitely. This is one of the things that Systematic does well, because the company recruits so many interns and knows full well that there is a big influx of potentially valuable know-how. Systematic is very responsive to the insights that the many new graduates bring with them, because they have the very latest knowledge. This is also one of the reasons why graduates get linked up with an experienced mentor, with good opportunities for mutual academic sparring."
Based on your own experience, why would you recommend other people to apply for a job at Systematic?
"Because the tasks are tangible and important, and each of us is responsible for solving them jointly with the rest of the team. Working here gives very good experience and good qualifications that feature well on your resumé, helping you compete with people who’ve been in the job longer. I highly recommend anyone who wants to explore what it’s like to work at an IT company to apply for a job at Systematic, where there are plenty of opportunities for professional and personal development and challenges, with all the sparring and support you need."