Sometimes, our ORMIT trainees grow so much at their projects, they have a hard time leaving. At least, that was the case for Martin Laruelle at the end of his project at D’Ieteren. Luckily for him, the feeling was mutual, and Martin officially joined their ranks as a Product Manager. “My traineeship wasn’t just an introduction to the business world, it was a gateway to my first full-time job.”
“When I was about to graduate from university, I honestly didn’t know what I was going to do,” Martin starts. “As an economics student, my academic education merely taught me theoretical models and hypotheses, not how to develop myself or manage a team.” That left out anything to do with self-development and management skills, until Martin learned about ORMIT during a job fair at university. “The concept immediately spoke to me. So when I graduated from university, I applied for the Multicompany Management Traineeship.
During his ORMIT traineeship, Martin had the opportunity to experience different company cultures. “During my first project, I learned that it was important for me to work towards visible business goals, in tandem with a supportive team,” Martin recalls. When he clarified his needs to his personal coach Alicia, she immediately saw a great fit with D’Ieteren, where Martin kicked off his second project.
According to Martin, the ORMIT magic consist of three ingredients that work together in every traineeship. For him, it all starts out with the different projects, where trainees swap school desks for a deep dive in the professional world. When they get stuck or their academical background falls short, ORMIT backs trainees up with additional training. “Once a month, you take a break from your daily work to learn about different soft skills like team dynamics, project management and communication skills,” Martin explains. Thanks to a mixture of theory and practical assignments, trainees can easily implement their learnings in their current projects.
But even with regular training, Martin remembers it’s still a challenge to connect what you’ve learned with the demands of specific company projects. “And that’s where the magic of ORMIT happens,” he says. Throughout their entire ORMIT career, each trainee is followed up by a coach that puts their learnings to the test in light of their specific projects, and helps them develop professionally and personally. “If you let them in and show them both your qualities and your pitfalls, coaches can help you step out of your comfort zone and take ownership for your choices and behaviours,” Martin explains. To him, the careful mixture of these ingredients is what makes ORMIT so unique in its approach.
“The great thing about ORMIT is that they’re not only focused on a trainee’s development, but also on their own.” For the past two years, Martin has seen how the ORMIT program has evolved to stay in line with the needs of trainees and clients. Nowadays, trainees enroll for both obligatory and elective courses, the latter depending on their personal interest.
During his project at D’Ieteren, Martin immediately had a lot of responsibilities, such as negotiating prices with the factory and providing the right technical information to sales and marketing. “In the beginning, it can feel like quite a challenge to send an e-mail to your superiors or organise a meeting with stakeholders,” Martin admits. “It can take years for people to figure out how to handle such responsibilities, but thanks to my traineeship at ORMIT, I had a head start.”
For Martin, life didn’t change too much when his traineeship ended. D’Ieteren decided not to let him go and offered him a holding deal. “Taking on a permanent job was an easy step for me, because I already felt like a real team member while I was an ORMIT trainee,” Martin says.
But that doesn’t mean nothing has changed. “Of course, my relationship with my manager changed. ORMIT is no longer my employer, D’Ieteren is. So if anything goes wrong, I can’t go and lean on my coach anymore.” Luckily, in Martin’s experience, ORMIT prepares you for that jump into the real world. “I would say they’re like parents who take care of you and gradually let you solve your issues on your own.”