Life After ORMIT

Five years ago, I graduated as a commercial engineer. Having a relatively large number of options, I decided to look for a traineeship in which I could try out different disciplines. Once I found out about the multicompany program of ORMIT, I was sold, because it would allow me to enhance my resume with several assignments within different multinationals. ORMIT honoured that promise, and during my three year stay at the company I gained experience in projects at Dupont de Nemours, ArcelorMittal and GSK.

But I’m not going to talk about those projects here because when I look back on this era, I realize that I got it all wrong right from the start. I didn’t pay enough attention during the interviews. The unique value proposition of ORMIT isn’t about projects. There are so many consulting enterprises that offer young potentials the chance to take on interesting projects within big companies. ORMIT however stands out because it offers its employees personal development that goes so much further than in traditional firms.

Let’s take myself as an example. When I started my career, I saw a job as a set of responsibilities. I had the idea that a successful career equals an ever expanding set of these responsibilities. I thought that climbing the corporate ladder was my way to happiness and without the ORMIT-experience I would probably still be moving blindly in that direction.

Thanks to the personal coaching sessions and the soft skills trainings, I realised that I value totally different things in a job. I’m not materialistic enough to be motivated solely by a salary increase, nor am I sensitive for the status of a job title. So if I would focus only on hierarchical promotions, a burnout sooner or later would be inevitable. During my stay at ORMIT, I found out what truly gives me energy. I’m driven by a sense of freedom, analytical challenges and a positive working atmosphere.

Now, even though this may sound as a sales talk, it is true thanks to its HR-policy with contracts of limited duration. Think about it, other companies might invest too in career coaching, but there always will be a conflict of interest as their HR-policy has an interest to guide you into the direction of their company. Even in a multinational, with seemingly unlimited options, they will never point out for you that their company culture isn’t really good for you. At ORMIT, you already have a mutual understanding that you will be leaving the company after the ending of a contract, so the highly-qualified professionals that advise you about your life after ORMIT are not bothered with a hidden agenda. That is definitely huge!

I left ORMIT about two years ago, but still today I benefit from the advice and the skillset I acquired when I was there. That’s why I can recommend ORMIT to anyone starting or relaunching his or her career. Apart from the challenging projects and its unique atmosphere, you really get a chance to get to know yourself, and that for me is the basis of happiness. In work as well as in life. Realising that ORMIT was a lifechanging experience for me, I will probably never really stop being an ORMIT’er.

Bart Vandeput

Alumni at ORMIT

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