19th September 2007
Ministry of Finance,
Dear Mr Sanders,
I am applying for the position of Financial Trainee, which was advertised in ‘De Volkskrant’ of August 31, 2007.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in general economics, from the
University of Tilburg. At the moment I find myself one year away from
completing a master’s degree in economics. The program of
economics in Tilburg has given me an excellent insight into different
aspects and the range of the economic science. It contains courses like
macro-economics, micro-economics, banking, finance, public economics
and environmental economics and thus offers students a profound basis
in leading economical theories. Because economics is above all things a
social science, I have also developed clear insights in the relation
between economics and society.
In addition to the obtained knowledge, the study has provided me with
practical skills. I have been trained in the ability of reading and
understanding economical scientific papers and other relevant articles
and books. During my study, emphasis was placed on the following
procedure: collecting relevant information, processing the information,
summarizing it and eventually synthesizing conclusions in a
self-written paper. Due to the fact that the relevant information often
contains econometrics I have acquired a strong mathematical and
statistical background. Regularly presenting the conclusions of papers
has taken my presentation skills to a higher level. Furthermore, the
fact that these projects are often carried out in groups has provided
me with good communication skills. My participation in the general
economics commission of student association Efact has also contributed
I can state with honesty that economics is a passion of mine and that I
am, and always have been, driven to discover all of its aspects. I am a
person with ambition and have always pushed myself to develop my
abilities to the maximum. Exam results, results of important projects
(such as the bachelor’s thesis), attending non-obligatory courses
and extracurricular activities subscribe this. I believe this ambition
would be a benefit to the Ministry.
I am positive that my academic background and the skills I have
developed during my student days would be a valuable asset to the
Ministry. The Ministry is looking for enthusiasm, involvement and
professionalism. I am convinced that I can meet these requirements and
I am keen to have more influence on the future of this country. It is
my ambition to eventually play a role in Dutch politics and I feel this
traineeship would give me the opportunity to develop the skills
necessary to reach this goal. I have enclosed my C.V. for your
consideration. Feel free to contact me, should you need any further
Ron de Vaan.
(with permission of the author: Ron de Vaan, 4th year student, Economics, EFF)
The Job Advertisement
Do you have affinity with politics, management and finance? The
Dutch government offers a two year traineeship for financial talent.
During the financial traineeship you will work in three different
financial functions: a function at the Ministry of Finance, a function
at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and a function at another Ministry
where you will become a member in the board of financial and economic
affairs. Furthermore, a special course program has been designed for
financial trainees. Studies like general economics, business economics,
business administration and political science are a good basis for the
The Dutch government is looking for academics who have just graduated
or will graduate in the near future, have affection with financial
management, are concerned with society and are interested in politics.
You also have to be result-oriented, eager to learn and enthusiastic.
The financial traineeship may result in a regular contract at one of
If you are interested, send your curriculum vitae together with your motivation to the address below.
Ministry of Finance,