Nick Mensink started at Sqills as a trainee and has since become a business consultant. How did he experience the traineeship and the transition from being a trainee to a full-timer at Sqills? We caught up with Nick to ask him. 

What is it you do at Sqills?

I am currently working on a smaller project. To help a customer understand S3 Passenger. Provide them with information and tell them what to look for. This means working out a business case with them, looking at their wishes, the currently available options, and see how we can optimally configure that in S3.

Another part of my job is analysis. Does the customer expect a certain functionality to be available and if so, how can we offer that with the functionalities S3 Passenger already has? This means constantly translating and interpreting the way a customer usually does things and how that could work in S3 and then translate those findings to our programmers. That’s a fun part of my job.

What was your background before you came to Sqills?

I worked in finance, administration before joining Sqills. I studied business economics and completed a minor abroad. That’s when I discovered working internationally is something that I am passionate about. I also completed a master’s in international business management and took the course ‘consulting skills.’ Unlike in finance, consulting often meant dealing with questions that don’t have just one ‘right’ answer. I did not have a technical background, but I did have an interest.

Did you notice you didn’t have a technical background?

I am sure it helps to have a technical background, but I personally didn’t experience any negative drawbacks to not having one. We discussed plenty of technical information during the traineeship programme and you can develop where your interests lie. I won’t ever know much as the programmers or our Infra team, and that’s OK.

What did you think of the traineeship at Sqills?

I really liked it. I started in finance which means each day is structured the same way. Maybe you have end-of-the-year reporting, but that’s it. With our traineeship programme you have lots of components, but no set order. Of course the structure is more defined in the beginning than later on, but still. I liked that; the programme adapts to how you are doing.

What I like about the traineeship is that we really do our best to make people feel welcome. We take time to teach people new things and support them. If you are a starter, that’s a great environment to grow. You can develop in a way that is most comfortable for you. You get to decide what you think is interesting and work on that.

Has your traineeship prepared you for your day-to-day?

I think so, because you transition into your day-to-day during the traineeship. You’re not suddenly told, “now you are ready.” You begin to contribute to projects during the traineeship. You get better and better and start to add more to a project as you develop.

You’ve even been training new employees

Yes, that happens pretty quickly during the traineeship programme. The idea is that if someone new comes in a few months after you, you should be able to give the introductory training. That’s part of the concept. The new person doesn’t know anything yet and you know a little. The moment you explain things to someone else you must think about them in a different way. This means you are still learning by teaching.

Would you recommend a traineeship at Sqills?

Absolutely, because I absolutely enjoyed it and I am still happy to work here.