More than 200 people joined the first Alumni Career Days at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) in June 2023. Spread over four days of online sessions and an on-campus day, the exclusive event supported alumni in various ways to discover how they can take their careers to the next level.

The online programme, which was joined by 156 participants, consisted of several elements. It facilitated career growth through personalised one-on-one career coaching sessions catering to the alumnus’ field and level of expertise. In addition, 20 inspiring alumni speakers facilitated masterclasses on the changing industry climates, soft skills that stand out in the workplace and the professionalism expected of them.

The on-campus day on Friday 16 June was all about exclusive masterclasses and networking opportunities with fellow alumni. These industry experts and experienced mentors provided tailored sessions and one-on-one advice to help the 50 attendees stay up-to-date and plan their own journey. The sessions focused on topics such as influencing and building a company culture, finding a purpose, sustainable entrepreneurship, and giving and receiving feedback at work.

One alumnus said: “The lunch made it easy to connect with other alumni. I enjoyed the lectures about culture and entrepreneurs. I also really enjoyed how naturally the conversation with the entrepreneurs and the audience was.”

Accessible career advice

“Whether alumni just graduated or are more experienced, we're sure there’s always something new they can discover about themselves or the career they’ve envisioned for themselves,” says Meta Haag-Mikec, associate director of Corporate and Alumni Relations at RSM. “We’re excited to make career advice more accessible to our alumni, and to foster networking and collaboration among alumni, faculty members, career services and executive education.”

Most of the alumni who attended graduated from RSM in the last five years. They took this opportunity to network, receive personal advice, and focus on a variety of career topics for young leaders and people with a more established career. In addition to inspiring sessions, the alumni enjoyed lunch at Maria’s Cantina, and networked with alumni working in various roles in a mix of industries.

RSM alumni network

With a growing network of around 50,000 alumni worldwide, RSM’s alumni network brings opportunities for lifelong learning and professional development, events, local chapters and engagement such as mentoring and business projects throughout alumni’s careers. In addition, Think.Do. magazine – available online and in print – delivers real-time perspectives and research findings on issues and opportunities faced by the RSM community around the world – and chances to learn from the experiences of our community’s inspirational senior leaders and academics.

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top-ranked 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.

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