After almost two months of selection days, interviews and preparation it was finally time to kick off the Informed Consulting Young Professional Academy 2018, or YPA2018 as we like to call it. A group of 10 was standing in front of us, excited but also a little bit nervous.
After some short mandatory introductory presentation, it was finally time! The cars arrived! It was incredibly cold, but nobody cared, this is the car that is going to be ours for at least the next 3 months!
Despite the fact that some already met on one of the selection or signing days they still didn’t really know each other. Two introduction games solved this problem. These games made sure everyone had a short chat with all the others. Really fun and after the first awkward 30 seconds you could see everybody enjoying themselves and having vivid conversations. Young professional Sebastian Lustermans: “I didn’t really know what to expect, but my arrival and welcome at Informed certainly exceeded my expectations. The culture to share and help each other is ambient throughout the building genuinely admiring.”
After a training on Friday about presenting (where they had to give interesting presentations on topics like knitting and scrapbooking), on Monday it was finally time for the first “serious” training. Jeroen Jansen gave them an introduction to ECM and after that our AIIM CIP Ed Steenhoek started drilling them on all the theory behind ECM. Some “dry” stuff but luckily Ed is an amazing storyteller which makes it all a little bit more vivid. “Three full days we learned about the ideology and philosophy of this new kind of working. Mighty interesting but it’s not for the faint of heart.” Said Thijs van Tienen looking back at Ed Steenhoek’s lectures.
Of course, a training wouldn’t be an Informed training without a nice surprise at the end so when we told them on Wednesday that they needed to give a presentation on Friday you could see the excitement on their faces (or was it fear…?).
They needed to think of their ideal ECM application in one of the functional subcategories of ECM (Document management, Case management, Capture, Collaboration etc) and present that application on a functional level. Not an easy task. But it is always nice to be surprised and to see how creative everybody is. What made me even more proud was the fact that all of them took the feedback from the presentation workshop the week before and used that in this presentation.
Hans Van Soom: “As one of the Belgian newbies from the Young Professionals at Informed Consulting, I’ve only had training for 9 days now. However, days which have been so packed with brainfood that it’s already quite difficult to summarize all of my thoughts in just a few sentences. Well, I can tell you we’ve learned a lot!”
This week it’s time for a training from YSE where the YP’s are going to get challenged in their analytical skills with a variety of games, trainings and college tours! Stay tuned to follow the journey of our Young Professionals!