Philips and RSM extend recruitment partnership

Health technology company Philips has entered the third year of its recruitment partnership arrangement with Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) after two successful years. Vacancies posted on RSM’s Job Board by Philips in 2017 resulted in the hiring of 20 interns, plus 7 of the company’s 15 trainees and one business analyst, chosen from RSM’s students or new graduates. The goal in 2018 is to intensify the partnership and work together on even more events, said Frieda Franke, RSM’s Senior Corporate Relations Manager.

A particular success in 2017 was Philips’ attendance at RSM’s International Career Event in November, which included speed interviews. The company recruits for traineeship positions in all departments; logistics, marketing, IT and product development among others.

A good fit

Hans Annink, Philips’ Campus Recruiter said: “Philips has been co-operating satisfactorily with the RSM Career Centre for several years and the company also employs many RSM alumni. The study background and skills of RSM students fit very well with what we are looking for.

“Working for Philips is more than a job, it is an opportunity to contribute to innovations that will help people live healthier lives and hospitals improve the care they give patients. On top of the skills students have, the people we hire have this sense of purpose too.”

To students looking for a first job, the advice from one of Philips management trainees Teddy Heerbaart, who graduated from RSM’s MSc in Strategic Management in 2016, to not just think about the discipline you want to work in (such as marketing, finance or supply chain), but also to think about the industry, type and size of company that would suit you, and why. “When you have a real connection to the company and its corporate values appeal to you, that company will also be appealing in the long run and not just for the first couple of years,” she says, and added: “If you have a strong reason why you want to work for a specific company, this will also help you during the application and interviews.”

Teddy admits she was nervous for the online recruitment tests but really enjoyed the selection days and business challenge. “On these occasions, you can really show your personality and motivation for the traineeship programme. And while you might expect a very competitive atmosphere, the atmosphere was actually really relaxed and friendly,” she said. Teddy wants to acquire experience of marketing, sales and strategy, working with – and in – multiple countries and business groups. “I want to be ready to manage a small team by the end of my traineeship,” she says. 


Victor Stulen, who graduated from RSM’s MSc in Supply Chain Management in 2016, is also a management trainee with Philips. He has already successfully led a project that saves at least €500,000 a year for Philips – he describes this as a highlight of his career so far. Victor thought the recruitment process was ‘fun and competitive at the same time’, and found the position via his LinkedIn network and other websites. “By the end of my traineeship I would like to be able to lead and manage my own team,” he says and explained that he uses a lot of skills he learned at RSM in his daily work, “For instance all the software that I learned to work with during my MSc in Supply Chain Management.”

“Go to as many career events as possible, and don’t be afraid to reach out to people within your network, or even to people you might not know, for job opportunities,” he advises.

RSM’s Career Centre provides services for students and for recruiters. It runs events, recruitment fairs, workshops, coaching sessions, organises visits and operates the RSM Job Board that offers jobs and internships.

For more information, for recruiters and job-seekers, contact the RSM Career Centre.

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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