Anne Clement & Marc De Rycke
Anne Clement & Marc De Rycke
Euroclear Group, Corporate IT Recruiter - Head of IT Project Delivery

Marc De Rycke (MDR): “The Euroclear Group is a bank for banks. What we do is financial settlement, the exchange of securities for cash. We employ 2,500 people.”
Anne Clement (AC): “In our recruitment we do not specifically look for PhD profiles. We are interested in people with the potential to grow, people with broad knowledge who can and want to delve into complex issues and who exhibit a commitment to engage with us. Languages are also important, especially English.”

A doctoral project sharpens skills

MDR: “Qualities that come in handy are: perseverance, a good intellectual base, a talent for project management, the will to go one step further, conceptual thinking, the ability to think in models or structures, strong analytical skills and logical thinking. These are skills that are often sharpened during a doctoral project.

But we think that there is often a cultural difference between academia and the business world. The academic world is more closed, the business world (in our sector at least) requires more than academic qualities. So-called ‘soft’ skills are equally important. Communication skills, for example. I would counsel PhD students to ensure the quality of their work and, especially, not to lose touch with reality during their doctoral project.”

AC: “Our way of working is based on an extensive Corporate Training Portfolio. We try to attract young candidates and invest heavily in their training and guidance. We want to let them grow and we also want to keep them as long as possible.”

MDR: “But we are open-minded; we are not blindly committed to a certain profile. We have people with PhDs in mathematics and science, a historian, a chemist. We are always interested in people with strong analytical skills who want to learn and that, if possible, have acquired an affinity with IT within a particular sector.”

AC: “My closing advice to doctoral students, but actually to all candidates, would be to  definitely work on your communication skills. Learn to distinguish what is important and what is less important, and transpose that to your resume. Ensure your resume and cover-letter prove that you have good insight into your strengths and relevant qualities. And finally: try to see your entire career as a continuous learning process, not just your studies.”