Around 50 master students explored how they can shape their careers as part of the personal and professional development track of the MSc International Management/CEMS programme at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). The event, which included recruiters and alumni panels, took place on campus on 31 October 2017.

The mandatory career orientation event was organised for the CEMS students to learn about the job selection process at companies, how they can shape their career, and what the challenges of job hunting and working are.

Selection process

During the recruiter panel, recruiters from multinationals Deloitte, Procter & Gamble and formerly Google shared tips and recommendations about career opportunities, and which jobs to start out with to achieve what you want from your career. Students had the opportunity to ask them questions about the selection process from the company side too.

RSM alumni Wilco van Batenburg (Orange), Bart van Dongen (ABInBev), Rick Emondts (BCG), Tim Konrad (YStrategists), Marina Martin (Shell) and Anne van de Pol (Deloitte) also shared their work experience and offered valuable advice in the alumni career panel.

Company cultures

Students said they learned that companies don’t look for people who know a lot, but they look for people who can learn a lot. They also explored how to approach people who work at a company that you are interested in.

CEMS student Marloes van Noord says CEMS is a recognised title among many companies. “This helps when applying for a job. Also, the network that you build through CEMS is really valuable.”

“You can get to know the culture of a company by finding employees of that company via LinkedIn and talking to them, and by asking the right questions at interviews to get a better understanding of the culture of the company,” said Van Noord.

The event also covered how to deal with conflicts at work, and how to deal with performance management.

Connecting to business

The CEMS Student Club presented alumni-student mentoring platform RSM MentorMe and the CEMS Global Advisory & Mentoring Platform (GAMP) to show how student can get more advice from alumni about their options after their studies, and what it really means to work in business.

By organising this event, RSM aimed to help students make better and more informed career choices, and give them more insights about particular industries and companies. In addition, such events strengthen the ties between alumni and students.

The event concluded with a networking reception for the students, alumni and recruiters at the In de Smitse cafe on campus.

MSc International Management/CEMS

The CEMS Master in International Management (CEMS MIM) is a joint degree delivered by CEMS academic members. It is a postgraduate degree open to a select group of students enrolled in one of the leading universities in the CEMS Alliance. RSM’s 18-month MSc in International Management/CEMS programme aims to develop high-quality graduates with a well-developed global mindset, in preparation for an international career in business.

Upon graduation, the alumni are members of RSM’s alumni network and the CEMS Alumni Association.

Companies have exclusive access to highly talented CEMS students through a CEMS corporate partnership.

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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