“I finished my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in economics and then did a doctorate in innovation and entrepreneurship. After such a long time in research and academia, I felt drawn to the practical world: my goal was to gain in-depth knowledge of a company. The trainee programme at PostFinance provides this opportunity by giving you insight into various areas.
Applying for the advertised trainee position at VNTR, the innovation team at PostFinance, was also the logical next step for me in order to find out whether the topic I covered in my doctorate was actually as exciting as I imagined. And yes, it really is! At VNTR, I followed a proof of concept for the implementation of a new technology from start to finish and maintained communication with startups in the area of open innovation. These responsibilities demonstrate perfectly that as a trainee, you are considered and deployed as a full member of the team. In the second half of the year, I switched to “Yuh”, the joint venture by PostFinance and Swissquote that launched the finance app of the same name. I was particularly pleased that I would not only be working with startups, but actually in a startup. In the 20 percent of time available for other projects, I worked for Regulatory Monitoring for the first six months, and I continued to work for VNTR in the second half of the programme.
I can recommend the trainee programme at PostFinance to anyone who is open to learning new things, would like to gain an in-depth insight into different areas, and is perhaps still trying to decide which direction they would like to take professionally. I actually came across the PostFinance trainee programme as a result of an internship at SBB. My successor at SBB recommended it to me based on her own experiences.”
Ilija Braun was a trainee at PostFinance from 2021 to 2022 and now works at the Yuh joint venture as a Business and Customer Insights Manager. This is what he has to say about his time as a trainee at PostFinance.