'My family is my motivation for everything I do and still want to achieve'


Prashant Jarbandhan -
Financial Accountant, uncle and a father to his younger brother

Superman

'If I’ve learnt anything in life, it’s that it’s up to you to make something of it. I lost both my parents at a young age. It was a huge blow for me and my younger brother, but it’s made us stronger. In spite of this loss, I’m a positive person. Partly thanks to the support of family, friends, and later also colleagues, I’m where I am now.’

‘My mother died when I was nine and I also lost my father a year later. He was my superman. I took over the role from him for my little brother, who is six years younger than me. I was suddenly responsible for him. That feeling has never left me and it’s the motivation for everything I do and still want to achieve: my education, my career, my life. I want to get the most out of myself by continuously developing. I do it for me, but also for the people around me, especially my brother. I’ve set clear goals and work towards them in a very structured way.’


From secondary school to a master’s at NN

'Without having parents as an example, I’ve had to learn to rely on other people who had my best interests at heart. My aunt and uncle, for example, who encouraged me to gain more qualifications. My internship supervisor at NN has also meant a lot to me as a role model. He saw the potential in me and showed me how to use my character and talent at work.’

‘I learnt so much during my internship, not just about work, but also about myself. I realised that if I could get a job here, I could get even more out of myself. NN sets great store by professional and personal development, which is why I set the goal of joining the company after my studies. It turns out that I had left a good impression because I’ve been working as a Financial Accountant at NN now for one-and-a-half years. And to top it all, NN is also giving me the opportunity to study for my master’s in Accounting and Control. Another goal that I’m hoping to achieve next year.’

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Making my dreams come true

'I work in the Record to Report department in Finance. As an accountant, I guarantee the quality of data so that we have accurate financial reporting. I make sure that we check the data from the business for accuracy and completeness. I do this four days a week so that I can spend at least one day a week studying. And I often study in the evening and at weekends, too. I’m prepared to put in the work because my ambition is ultimately to become a manager. This desire may also have something to do with the past. On the one hand, I want to take matters into my own hands, to help chart the course, and on the other hand, I’d love to also give others what I’ve had. I’d like to help people to make their dreams come true by helping them grow.’

The safety net that I never had

'I was a father figure to my brother, but also his best friend. I’ve always encouraged him to develop. He’s just become a father himself and I’m incredibly proud of him. My role as uncle gives me an extra incentive to get the best out of myself, to be the kind of uncle I want to be. Life is about trial and error and that’s something we know more than most. That’s why I’ve created a good safety net for myself and my family and friends play a very important part in it. But so do my colleagues at NN, who have now also become my friends.’

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