Name Mark Vissinga
Based in Amsterdam
Job title and business area Wholesale Banking Trainee
Year joined ING 2014
Year attended the International Banking Cyclee      2013

During my bachelor International Business Administration and master Finance and Investments at RSM, I developed a specific interest for banking, further supported via my (student) job as an investment advisor at a large investment management firm. However, as I was looking for a job in which I could both pursue analytical skills as my interest for banking, the International Banking Cycle provided the perfect opportunity to get in touch with the major players in the industry.

I attended a very interactive workshop provided by ING which gave a good insight of the daily work routine within Sales & Trading. The drinks at the end of the day provided me with a more informal setting to touch upon the personal job experiences and corporate culture. I would really recommend any participant to fully attend the evening drinks, as this gives you the perfect opportunity to freely chat with juniors or impress the seniors with your eagerness. I immediately noted the pleasant banking culture within ING which made me very enthusiastic to aspire a career within ING.

To me the IBC reconfirmed my interest to the challenging and dynamic banking industry, which provides the opportunity to work together with intelligent and highly motivated colleagues to get the best out of yourself. After the IBC I was invited by ING to have an informal chat about my future. I decided to participate in ING’s Business Course to further confirm my positive experiences within ING which eventually helped me to get an offer for the Wholesale Banking Traineeship.

ING offers an exciting and challenging position in which one gets full international exposure to wholesale banking, from financial markets to corporate finance. I currently work within the Syndicated Finance department for Structured Finance, but also worked for Structured Acquisition Finance department where I immediately got the opportunity to join the London team for 3 months. As you can imagine, the IBC really helped me in pursuing a career within banking!