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June 29th, 2018 Comments off

​’Sit down. Relax. It’s done… ‘

Two minutes ago we finished our last assignment for the Young Professional Academy. For the assignment we had three weeks to go through a full-on project simulation, with senior colleagues as pretend ‘customers’, and our team as the consulting party.

Were we successful? Well, define success. If success means this simulation would fly in real life outside of the Academy, then no, we did not succeed at all. If by success you mean did we learn a lot and did we went through enough experiences to realise what is waiting for us on the other side of the door? Then I’d say, yes!

The most important lesson (all Young Professionals) took away from it was ‘This is not high school anymore’.
Our main goal during the assignment was ‘get everything done within the time frame that we have’, even though being able to was highly unlikely in the first place. Exactly like what we were all used to at school or previous jobs; you got an assignment, and you got it done before the deadline. Otherwise you failed.

But, as a consultant, that is not how reality works. You need to develop a sixth sense for how much high quality you can deliver within the given time frame.
No customer is happy with a product that is barely hanging together, even though it’s functional and checks all the requirements asked. Better to deliver one full-fledged, high quality product within three weeks, and realise before you start that you were never able to deliver the other three within the time frame. Otherwise (and that was the case for all of us) you deliver four products that are all 70% finished. And no customer is going to like that!

If anything, I think that was the most important lesson of the final assignment. Clearly, even though the Academy is now finished for us, it has become clear there is still much to learn! But, as they say, you learn the most ‘in the field’, and that’s where we are all heading. ​​

I would like to thank Informed Consulting for this amazing opportunity and for their investment (because that’s what it is, make no mistake about that) in all of us, and I hope we can repay their efforts soon.

Kill Your Darlings

June 14th, 2018 Comments off

Hello everyone and welcome to my last and final blog as a participant of the Young Professional Academy. Where am I and how did I get here? Sounds familiar?

After my graduation, I started a quest to look for my first real job. “Honey, would you mind if I would go abroad for the next 3 months?” Sounds like I asked her yesterday. “You have to do what makes you happy.” She said.

The Informed Academy started with freezing cold temperatures and ended with smoking hot ones. I came in with my head held high, way too fast, looking straight at the top. It didn’t take me long to figure out that I was doing something wrong. So I changed tactics: Held my head down, searched for a good pace and focused on what was right in front of me. Kept telling myself; It’s okay if you don’t make it. It’s not okay to quit.

So here I am standing in front of you, talents acknowledged and goals achieved. How? No big secret: Discipline, consistency and crystal clear goal setting. It’s very important to have goals. Daily goals, monthly goals, life goals… Visualize them. Close your eyes. Let yourself go.

“If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.” ― Zig Ziglar

If you want to know why I chose Kill Your Darlings as a title and what it has to do with all of the paragraphs of this blog… I suggest you participate at the Young Professional Academy and find out yourself. Because we are wondering where you are? How did you got there? And more importantly: where you are heading and if you want to take the easy road… Or if you want to take the growth road?

Thank you all.

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Obligation or privilege?

May 3rd, 2018 Comments off

Last Saturday I went to a BBQ at my former high school. Nine years ago I was handed my diploma and I hadn’t been back since. My classmates and I were given a tour were they proudly announced all the changes that had been made since we left after which we discussed how we are still all the same as we were back then.

While walking around the hallways, I especially remembered the struggle that high school was to me; Always counting down the hours until I could go home again, rarely paying attention at what the teachers were saying, and cheating on tests whenever possible. Learning things and developing new skillsets felt like an obligation.

Starting the academy two months ago, I sometimes feel like I am back in high school; Going to mandatory class every day, absorbing the information that is given to me, and doing homework. This time, however, I am excited to go to class, I am determined to acquire knowledge, and I want to spend time working on assignments. Never have I been more eager to learn.

When I signed up with Informed Consulting I had little idea of what I was getting myself into. Coming from a completely different background I wasn’t sure what to expect. All I knew was that a door had opened, and I was curious to see what was behind it. I am learning new things every day and I like what I am learning. What used to feel like an obligation, now became a privilege.

This is not the first time I have noticed this particular change in myself, but it has never before felt this significant. Maybe that is because there is a clear goal that I’m heading towards, maybe because I just like the things I am learning, maybe because my colleagues are showing the same drive… I don’t know but I do know I want to keep moving forward, push myself, and grow as a young professional. ​


April 4th, 2018 Comments off

The whole concept of synergy intrigues me. The fact that people who work together can achieve more than if each of those people would work separately is an amazing concept. It’s a concept that is not utilized as often as it should be, but it’s a concept that we at Informed Consulting believe in very much. As a matter of fact, it’s the foundation we’re built on.

A big part of my task these past few weeks is to make sure the Young Professionals are learning as much as they can in their short traineeship. However, last week it was me who got taught a valuable lesson. The trainers of YSE were testing our Young Professional’s analytical skills. They had split them up in 3 groups and gave them an impossible amount of information. At the end of the week they needed to present their advice.

I myself would probably have separated from the rest and kept my findings a secret. My main goal would have been to be better than the other 2 groups. However, within 24 hours our Young Professionals concluded that if they worked together and shared the information they gathered, they would achieve a lot more. So they decided to create a Microsoft Team site where they shared everything.

A group of young, unexperienced, competitive Young Professionals didn’t only understand synergy, they used it to achieve a better end-result!

Young Professionals – Martijn: 1 – 0

Young professional blog: The utter understanding of knowledge

March 29th, 2018 Comments off

Informed’s Young professional academy 2018 started March 1st. We’ve asked our young professionals to share their experiences and lessons throughout the journey they’ve started. Read about Sebastian Lustermans’ experience this week.

‘Knowing is half the battle: The other half is understanding…’ is a book that has been untouched on the dinner table for quite some time now, and honestly, have no idea what it is about. However, the title caught my eye when I strolled through my new hometown.

I left for Maastricht University to study Law in August 2017, after having successfully completed secondary education in the United Kingdom with a lot of practical experiences and projects in IT. Believing that a university course in law, would prepare for what is yet to come in my adult life; and that my choices were set for a path to success.
Very nice said and done, in reality, none of this was true. One thing led to the other, and I discontinued my studies and ended up in an interview at Informed which is where I am today; as a Young Professional.

In my last weeks at Informed, the title of the book mentioned kept pondering in my head, having thrown myself completely into gaining knowledge of ECM Systems. I recognize methodologies and systems from other projects I have worked on, by means of browsing through Documentum (DA and D2 so far) I apply my knowledge of similar systems to truly understand what it is about.
Quite frankly, I’m self-aware that when I tend to believe a system is similar to what I’ve worked on in the past. I’m racing through it and am often inclined to forget minor details. Possibly leading to lead major faults or even lack of functions within an application.
This self-awareness of having the familiarity doesn’t immediately lead to the understanding of it, nor does it mean that I can apply this knowledge to its best of its abilities.

To recall my interview with one of the Senior Consultants, I was questioned why I didn’t continue my academic studies. Despite the fact that I expressed, ‘we learn today might not be relevant tomorrow’, a statement I still strongly believe in.
As a reflecting Young Professional at Informed Consultant so far, I see room for improvement for understanding the knowledge I am and have obtained in the past.

Nevertheless, even a more important element than anything mentioned about. What I have learned the most at informed: Is that a person’s strength is appreciated and utilized, however, a person’s weakness is stimulated to ensure development.

Keeping that in mind, every time I see the book: ‘Knowing is half the battle: The other half is understanding…’ I don’t think of that Knowledge is half of what I have to submit to, but that Understanding is as crucial as the knowledge itself. Knowing that I have to work on the utter understanding of knowledge and that my colleagues are more than willing to assist me in this. That a company is more than focused on only income, but that it’s focused on its employees and their welfare.​

Sebastian Lustermans

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The Young Professional Academy: week one

March 14th, 2018 Comments off

Informed's Young Professional Academy

After almost two months of selection days, interviews and preparation it was finally time to kick off the Informed Consulting Young Professional Academy 2018, or YPA2018 as we like to call it. A group of 10 was standing in front of us, excited but also a little bit nervous.

After some short mandatory introductory presentation, it was finally time! The cars arrived! It was incredibly cold, but nobody cared, this is the car that is going to be ours for at least the next 3 months!

Young Professionals with their cars

Despite the fact that some already met on one of the selection or signing days they still didn’t really know each other. Two introduction games solved this problem. These games made sure everyone had a short chat with all the others. Really fun and after the first awkward 30 seconds you could see everybody enjoying themselves and having vivid conversations. Young professional Sebastian Lustermans: “I didn’t really know what to expect, but my arrival and welcome at Informed certainly exceeded my expectations. The culture to share and help each other is ambient throughout the building genuinely admiring.”

After a training on Friday about presenting (where they had to give interesting presentations on topics like knitting and scrapbooking), on Monday it was finally time for the first “serious” training. Jeroen Jansen gave them an introduction to ECM and after that our AIIM CIP Ed Steenhoek started drilling them on all the theory behind ECM. Some “dry” stuff but luckily Ed is an amazing storyteller which makes it all a little bit more vivid. “Three full days we learned about the ideology and philosophy of this new kind of working. Mighty interesting but it’s not for the faint of heart.” Said Thijs van Tienen looking back at Ed Steenhoek’s lectures.

Of course, a training wouldn’t be an Informed training without a nice surprise at the end so when we told them on Wednesday that they needed to give a presentation on Friday you could see the excitement on their faces (or was it fear…?).

They needed to think of their ideal ECM application in one of the functional subcategories of ECM (Document management, Case management, Capture, Collaboration etc) and present that application on a functional level. Not an easy task. But it is always nice to be surprised and to see how creative everybody is. What made me even more proud was the fact that all of them took the feedback from the presentation workshop the week before and used that in this presentation.

Hans Van Soom: “As one of the Belgian newbies from the Young Professionals at Informed Consulting, I’ve only had training for 9 days now. However, days which have been so packed with brainfood that it’s already quite difficult to summarize all of my thoughts in just a few sentences. Well, I can tell you we’ve learned a lot!”

This week it’s time for a training from YSE where the YP’s are going to get challenged in their analytical skills with a variety of games, trainings and college tours! Stay tuned to follow the journey of our Young Professionals!