My first few weeks at Crossbridge
I first came across Crossbridge in my search for a Junior Consulting project. As soon as I walked into the office for my interview, I noticed the warm atmosphere and felt right at home. After an introduction to the project and a few tests and conversations, I went home hoping to receive a call. A few days later, I got the wonderful news that I could start my consulting project at Crossbridge. I was really looking forward to leaving school and starting to work on something more tangible.
My project revolves around the marketing strategy and campaign for Shortlist, a state-of-the-art digital platform that helps students orient themselves toward the job market. Shortlist answers questions like ‘what kind of job gives me energy?’, ‘what kind of company will make me feel at home?’, or ‘in what job can I combine my people skills and analytical competencies?’ and matches students with a list of jobs that fit their personality, interests and skills.
In February 2018, my first day at Crossbridge finally arrived. We met with the whole team in the office at the beautiful Ghelamco Arena in Ghent. This was the perfect opportunity for me to get to know the team. After a long day of inspiring meetings and some tasty Thai food, I was completely ready to start the project. For the remainder of my first week, I mainly got to know the company and the project better. I talked with a lot of people to gain insight into the daily activities. I also learned that Crossbridge is one big family: everyone helps everyone, and it’s especially the little things that make the difference.
In the next weeks, my schedule was filled with exciting activities: I set up a survey for students, brainstormed about online campaigns, created offline events and made movies, among many other things. I also got the chance to follow some of Crossbridge’s workshops and received some interesting tips and tricks myself. A perfect elevator pitch or a personalized résumé don’t hold any secrets for me anymore! The great thing about working at Crossbridge is that there is a very open and entrepreneurial culture. I am encouraged to offer my own ideas, plan my activities and take matters into my own hands. I am constantly challenged to push further and make this project great.
Now, 6 weeks later, I feel 100% part of the team and I’m even more convinced about the value that Crossbridge and Shortlist offer students. I am sure that the next couple of months will be amazing and Shortlist’s launch (which is fastly approaching) will be a great success!