On the 3rd of July Danske Bank Group IT Lithuania launched a brand new programme – Future Pros. The goal of the programme is to enable IT students to combine studies and work.
More than 160 candidates applied for the programme, of which 95 were invited to assessment centres, to join 15 different teams. During the first selection phase, candidates had to perform logical, coding, and group tasks. The second stage consisted of interviews with candidates. 30 young IT professionals were invited to join the Danske Bank team. Most of them are students of Vilnius University and Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (16 and 11 respectively). One student each represents Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Vilnius College, and the University of West London.
Priority – studies and work
The key feature of Future Pros programme is the flexibility of working time. Although most students have chosen to work full-time during the summer, they will be advised to reduce their workload by half during the school year. The programme aims to change the habit of working students to prioritize work before studying.
Jim Ditmore, COO of Danske Bank Group, encouraged the newly-joined employees to use the opportunity to get to know the international organization from inside and to contribute to the significant projects being developed. He also emphasized the importance of teamwork, the courage to ask, and the need to test how theoretical knowledge is applied in practice.
Along with other Danske employees
In addition to challenging work and responsibility for the tasks entrusted to them, the young IT professionals will also benefit from a full package of Danske Bank employee benefits - health and life insurance, additional holidays, participation in employee clubs, training academies, a free sports club, etc. They will attend quarterly training developed specifically for Future Pros participants. Events and regular communication will aim to bring together the community and the network of bank ambassadors at universities.
Candidates for the Future Pros programme are expected all year round. While these young people are employed under fixed-term contracts, most of which last till the end of their studies, successful programme participants will be offered a permanent job in Danske Bank Group IT after graduation and will be provided with all the opportunities for further career advancement.
The Future Pros programme is based on the Danish example, where Danske Bank has been actively cooperating with universities and their students for several years. Drawing on the best practice from the Nordic countries, Danske Bank is planning to offer two more programs for talented young IT professionals in Lithuania: Talent Box and Danske Tech. Thanks to them, students will be able to write project work or final theses on the topics offered by the bank, and graduates who have just completed their studies and are employed by Danske Bank will integrate smoothly into the technology market.