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Junior Management Program at Umicore N.V

How can we, as a company, weave diversity into the fabric of our DNA? Over the years, Umicore has made great progress in fostering a diverse and inclusive, respectful workplace around the world.

The Junior Management Program (JUMP) is one of the many initiatives launched. It aims at giving young potentials the opportunity to broaden their horizons and spread their wings. 

The concept? Two Umicore colleagues – ‘twins’ – from totally different regions go and work at each other’s Umicore branch for an entire month, in order to learn and experience life there. Later, they repeat the process, switching locations.

Female and Male colleague smiling at the camera

“A Brazilian by birth, I’ve lived in the United States for some time and came to Belgium to study at a Business School, so I’ve experienced many different cultures. Yet South Korea was a step-change difference from everything else indeed,” Juliana continues. 

“What was most apparent to me is the enormous respect South Koreans have for hierarchy and seniority. I’m a quite open and direct person and it was challenging for me to have everything neatly scheduled in South Korea. I tried to be very respectful towards the management, without hesitating to share my views in a friendly manner, at times.” 

“She did a great job in that respect,” DongWoo Han admits. “Juliana is so charming and smart that everyone appreciated her openness and input. She also urged me to approach the management in Europe directly and schedule meetings myself. That has really changed my way of working and maybe even the mentality in our team forever.”

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