My name is René and because of the Graduate Programme, I’m currently living and working in Copenhagen as a full-time employee in William Demant. As more than 1,000 others, I applied for the Graduate Programme last year. I had just gotten home from an exchange semester in France and was, as I imagine all of you are, very hungry for more international experience and a steep learning curve.
After handing in my application for the Graduate Programme, I was invited to participate in the first step of the recruitment process (which you can read more about here and here), and went all the way to the fourth step of the process: the final and decisive interview. This interview was on a Thursday and already on Tuesday the week after, they called me and asked whether I could be interested in another full-time position in the company instead, which would already begin 1st of May. I accepted the interview, which was held by phone two days after.
During this interview I acknowledged that the Graduate position I was hoping so deeply for had been given to another candidate, but also that the Senior Director for Group Business Controlling would like to see me again in the coming week for a final interview. I accepted the interview, and shortly thereafter I was offered a job as Group Business Controller for Oticon Medical, a company in the William Demant Group. Three weeks later, I started working in this fantastic and ambitious environment that I had just been introduced to at the Assessment Center.
It doesn’t take long to understand that when William Demant says that they have high ambitions for you, they really mean it. As a Group Business Controller, my main responsibility has been to work with the Vice Presidents for Oticon Medical and ensure valid economic information regarding our central costs, production facilities and sales companies all around the world.
For me personally, entering the world of Oticon Medical and learning to understand our products, production and research is and has been a fantastic journey. William Demant entered the MedTech business industry around 10 years ago, first with Bone Anchored Hearing Systems (BAHS) and later with Cochlear Implants (CI).
You might not be familiar with these terms at this point (and that’s absolutely not expected of you), so to distinguish between the products, I can tell you that the Bone Anchored Hearing System supports an ear with good functionality in the inner ear (Cochlear), but where functionality in the outer and middle ear is not working properly. Imagine that you put on earmuffs. You get no sound through your ear canals, but instead the implant sends vibrations through your skull, which creates sound to your inner ear through vibrations instead of your ear canals. For Cochlear patients, neither is working, and therefore a CI works by stimulating your inner ear (or your cochlear, to be more precise), by inserting an implant that through 8-20 electrodes stimulates and creates sound to your brain.
Incredible, right? Then imagine that this business makes it possible for babies born deaf to get an implant that will make it possible for them to hear and have a normal life, where they will go to school and communicate with others through speech and hearing.
For me, that is truly amazing and something that makes me want to go to work every day, and if it hadn’t been for the Graduate Programme, I probably wouldn’t have heard of this opportunity. In fact, 4 other candidates from the Assessment Center were offered other roles in the company, just like me. For the same reason, I can only recommend everybody to apply. I promise, you will be overwhelmed by this company, our vision and strategy towards being the world leader within Hearing Healthcare.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me!