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Women's Academy

Women’s Academy is an 8-week programme for students (from the second year of their Bachelor’s until the last year of their Master’s), that will take place in Q1 2024 in Copenhagen. With this programme we aim to inspire and encourage young women to join the fantastic world of finance. During the programme you will get specific insights into some of the Danske Bank's Large Corporates & Institutions (LC&I) areas and the opportunity to expand your current network in financial sector with Danske's employees and Women’s Academy co-participants.

When to apply?

Want to be part of the Women's Academy? 

We will open for applications (Copenhagen) in the Autumn 2024.

What we offer you

Participate in Women’s Academy with other motivated women, led by role models from Danske Bank.

  • Knowledge: Experience Danske Bank as a workplace from the inside: deep dive into different areas of the bank, such as Derivatives sales, Corporate Finance and Debt Capital Market to name a few
  • Network: Expand your network in the financial sector with both managers and employees in LC&I, to succeed with your future career in banking
  • Community: Get to know each other, inspire & learn from other women participating in Women’s Academy

The founders of Women's Academy

For me Women's Academy is an important next step for Danske Bank to encourage women to partake in the financial sector, but most importantly it is an important step to enable a stronger network and empower young women. Personally, I believe we lack female role models in some areas of the Bank, but I acknowledge that these role models don't just appear out of nowhere - they first need to be developed and sustained. Women's Academy seeks to be that first step.

Karoline Trier Findstrup, Senior Business Analyst, Transformation, Strategy and Reporting

While working as a trader in Danske Bank over the past three years, and as one of the few women on the trading floor,  I have learned a thing or two about the importance of diversity. I have noticed how it is remarkably easier to approach a group, a team or an environment if you can identify with just one of the people already involved. By playing a main role in Women´s Academy, I wish to be this person, and hopefully make the world within financial markets slightly more approachable for women

Yngvild Flaen Anvik, Analyst STIR Trading 

Meet some of our previous participants

" Participating in the Women's academy was an enriching experience, grating me the unique opportunity of discovering new units within Danske Bank and deep diving in the Large Corporate and Institutions (LC&I) sub departments. This program allowed me to meet many different girls all driven by the same goals: deepen their understanding of the banking sector, Danske Bank working culture and finding their own place in this industry. Simultaneously, this networking side extended beyond the program participants, including also managers and employees of the bank, which expanded my network in the financial sector. I hope to see more editions of this program and that it reaches more and more people so that the understanding of banking industry can be made more accessible."

"I participated in Women's Academy 2023 and it was one of the best things I have done. Women's Academy did not only introduce me to the many different parts of LC&I, it also showed me what kind of bank and organisation Danske Bank is like. Besides this, it is a great way to get to know likeminded people and network both with current workers and other women interested in finance. My participation also inspired me to apply for a student position within the CFO Area, which I today work for. Women's Academy opened so many doors for me, both career and educational wise, and I think everyone should take the chance and apply as well!’"
"I have worked in Danske Bank since October 2021. Last autumn I heard about the Women’s Academy in Danske Bank, which I saw as a big possibility for me to obtain knowledge of all the work opportunities within LC&I area.

I applied for the program, given I was curious to know what potential possibilities I might have within the bank prior to the finishing of my study next summer. I have been thrilled by joining the academy as I have obtained a lot of valuable, insight and knowledge.

The program was exceptionally well-organised and well-structured. In just 7 weeks, I got a good high level insight in the various areas of LC&I, hence being very grateful for this opportunity."

Women's Academy is sponsored by the top management

I am pleased to take over sponsorship of the Women’s Academy from my predecessor, especially as the feedback we received from our participants in its first year was so motivating. I am excited that it was of such high value to all, the participants as well as us at Danske Bank.

We have a challenge with gender diversity in the financial sector, especially in certain areas, and I believe that the way to change this is through information. If we can make these areas and what we do more transparent, and share knowledge on what we work with, I believe that this will naturally engage and interest more women as this is an exciting business to work in. As a bank we have a responsibility to play our role in furthering sustainable progress in business and people while doing our best to release their potential

My vision is of a bank where we do not have the need for these programmes because the variety of backgrounds, experience and identities of our employees in all areas of the bank already reflect the diversity of society today. Until that day, I believe this programme is a step towards that future. I look forward to meeting all the bright young women joining us on this adventure.

Joachim Alpen, Head of Large Corporations & Institutions 

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