Being a pioneer in Hempel

Meet Emil Larsen

“It’s super interesting to have a film crew follow you for a day. Everyone sticks their head out to see and it generates a lot of questions. I’m still quite new here so it was great to have something to talk to people about that wasn’t just business. People still tap me on the shoulder and ask me about Thai boxing,” says Emil.

Exploring the Hempel world with the Pioneer Programme
When asked what he likes to do in his free time, Emil explains that he likes to explore, whether it’s a new restaurant or bar, a travel destination or a professional field within his work.

“Fulfilling my curiosity about things really gives me energy,” he says. “I thrive on diversity and variation. It’s one of the things I like about Thai boxing. You have to be mobile, flexible, fast and explosive. It’s not enough to be just one. You have to work on developing the whole package.”

All this makes Hempel’s Pioneer Graduate Programme the perfect choice for Emil. As a participant on the 17-month programme, he gets to dive into various parts of our company, including spending six months on a job rotation abroad.

A special connection with global peers
Emil is based at headquarters in Denmark. He’s part of the People & Culture function and is currently responsible for running the change management communication connected to Hempel’s new HQ building. But he’ll soon get to explore again.  His job rotation will take him to one of Hempel's regional offices later in the year, where he will have the chance to experience life and work abroad.  

There are 22 graduates on the programme and, even though they work in different regions and for different departments, the graduates feel a special connection to each other. “We don’t meet each other or work together on a daily basis, but we’re all fresh out of university, doing our first job and following the same programme, so when we meet together for training there is definitely a close connection,” Emil explains.

No-one sets the limits for you
Emil joined Pioneer in July 2019, three months before graduating from Copenhagen Business School. He was still writing his master thesis at the time – in Business Administration and Philosophy – but saw the graduate programme as an opportunity too good to miss.

“Finishing my thesis and starting a new job was a very hectic period. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone,” he says with a laugh. “But I wanted to accelerate my career and decided to work for Hempel because I wanted to be at a place where I could make a difference. At Hempel, you’re expected to make a difference and trusted to do so. No-one sets the limits for you. That level of empowerment was too good to resist.”

At Hempel, you’re expected to make a difference and trusted to do so. No-one sets the limits for you. That level of empowerment was too good to resist.
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