This year, the HEC Lausanne Salon des Stages was back again, keeping the same format, but this time with a new name: the Career Networking Fair!
Given that defining one’s career goals starts long before an event such as this, the Career Centre has a programme in place to help students make career plans from the start of the academic year.
Early October was marked by Career Starter Week: a week of practical workshops and presentations allowing students to target companies that they are interested in and to put together job applications. There were plenty of opportunities for students to approach employees of partner companies who had come to share their experiences. A professional photographer who was present at the event ensured students were able to obtain high-quality CV-type photos of themselves.
In mid-November, the Career Networking Fair saw 150 company representatives coming to meet over 700 students. A great opportunity for both professionals and students who were able to network for a whole day.
The event was a great success again this year and the companies present very much enjoyed the opportunity to meet HEC Lausanne students who were well prepared and ready to take that brave first step of approaching potential recruiters.
A bridge between the business world and HEC Lausanne, the Career Centre is proud of the enthusiasm its events generate and continues to offer key opportunities for companies and students alike throughout the academic year.
The Career Centre team also offers a CV and cover letter review service for students all year round. Among the many services offered to students, mock interviews are essential as they ensure students are fully prepared and able to present themselves in the best possible light to a recruiter.
The high point in an already very busy semester, the Salon des Stages 2016 exceeded records again this year. From 10 am to 3.30 pm, over 700 students roamed the hall of the Internef building, meeting some 100 staff from the companies present.
Throughout the semester, the HEC Careers Centre put on a variety of events and provided support to HEC students to ensure they were well prepared for their future careers and the Salon des Stages. This year, the Career Starter Week showcased the future career options available to students while also permitting them to discover a wide range of companies and the roles they offer.
A host of companies and organisations
All sectors were represented, providing students with a wide choice of career options and specialisations.
Generally speaking, the students praised the variety and number of companies present.
“Well organised, and the option of getting a professional photo taken for your CV is a great idea, thank you! Lots of stands and the companies present were happy to answer questions. ”
“I made some great contacts at the Salon and received very practical tips about how to apply for jobs. ”
The message is out among students!
Students are well prepared in order to make the most of the Salon and establish meaningful contact with recruiters: they have researched the companies in question, have a clear idea of their professional goals, and know how to present themselves and ask interesting questions about the company and the roles on offer.
A significant number of students met representatives of SICPA, a partner of the Careers Centre
SICPA had already participated in Career Starter Week at the start of the semester: “We were very impressed by some students who attended the Career Starter Week (cover letter and CV check) who came to see us in order to show us a reviewed version of their CV and reaffirm their eagerness to work for us.”
Caroline Poncet, Human Capital Marketing Events & Relations at PwC: “PwC was delighted to be a part of the Salon des Stages again this year and to meet such motivated, keen and interesting students! We hope they obtained a good overview of how PwC works, and many thanks to the HEC Careers Centre for their great organisation and support. See you next year! “
Recruiters were satisfied with the high turnout and how well the event was organised.
The key success factors of the HEC Lausanne Salon des Stages as observed by the companies in attendance were the preparation and presentation of the students themselves, the quality of their CVs as well as their enthusiasm and interest.
According to the Pictet banking group: “The students acquitted themselves well and remembered to bring their CVs. In the space of just six hours, we met a lot of potential candidates with interesting profiles. “
Not forgetting how well organised, welcoming and enjoyable the Salon was.
Stéphanie Robadey, Recruitment & Marketing Specialist with KPMG, tells us about her experience: “The Careers Centre team is outstanding and extremely approachable. The event was exceptionally well organised. We were delighted with the location of our stand and all of the resources made available to us. Most of the students were very well prepared. It’s a fantastic fair!”
Looking towards the future
The Careers Centre is seeking to continue to develop successful partnerships with companies in order to provide HEC students with even greater opportunities. The team encourages students to use its services and is increasingly active in preparing them for their future careers.
An Internship Fair for students of HEC Lausanne
It’s been another successful year for the Internship Fair, an event organized by the Career Center at HEC Lausanne which has become an important fixture of the autumn semester. This forum took place on Tuesday 10 November 2015 in the Faculty hall. It allows students to meet representatives of firms, develop their networks, and land a work placement or a first job.
More than 600 students filed into the Faculty hall in search of a placement or a first job. As was the case last year, around forty companies from all sectors were present at the event. “Our fair is building a good reputation and we’re seeing people register earlier and earlier ahead of the event (editor’s note: from February onwards for the November meeting),” notes Marie-France Roger, Head of the Career Center. “For the first time we’ve had to refuse some firms, owing to the number of places available.”
A range of possibilities
For this third edition of the Internship Fair firms in attendance covered sectors as varied as banking, financial products, consultancy, consumer goods and watchmaking, with structures ranging from multinationals to SMEs and Non-Governmental Organizations. This wide selection offered students many possibilities for their professional futures.
Throughout the day, students were able to freely visit stands, while a lunch enabled them to network with firms’ representatives. Interview rooms were also available to recruiters.
Well-prepared and motivated students
“The quality of student profiles within the Faculty is truly excellent, and they are prepared and motivated,” pointed out one recruiter from a major bank. “The number of participants at the event is also impressive,” she continued.
“We’ve been able to meet lots of students who were motivated and prepared, and offered the profiles we’re looking for,” said another recruiter from a leading consultancy firm.
Student registrations on the rise
Nearly 500 students attended the Internship Fair in 2014. Marie-France Roger, Head of the Career Center, underlines their interest in the event: “This year, in parallel with the increase in the number of firms, we’ve noted a sharp rise in the number of students signing up for the Fair. We attribute this to the diversity of sectors represented and the quality of recruiters, who come to actively seek out our students.”
The HEC Lausanne Career Centre’s most important event is without a doubt the Internship Fair with the 4th edition held on 11 November 2014. This event enables students to meet employers with a view to securing an internship or first job.
More than 40 companies were present, represented by approximately one hundred staff members from Switzerland and abroad. The 500 students who registered for the event had the chance to be interviewed by representatives from multinationals and SMEs from all market sectors. Guillaume Hemmer, a final-year undergraduate student, said: “The diversity in activity sector and size of the companies present provided us with many opportunities. Often several key departments from a company were represented. With KPMG for example, we had the chance to meet staff from the HR, Tax and Audit & Consulting divisions. Those companies present were actively seeking to recruit.”
A very positive development
In addition to the significant increase in the number of participants who attended the Fair, there was a qualitative improvement this year. Our partners revealed that the students were motivated and well-prepared for the event, presenting solid job applications. Justine Gex of the Montreux Jazz Festival Foundation said: “We are very pleased with the Internship Fair! We met many interested students who had their applications ready.”
… thanks to a lot of preparation beforehand
The Career Centre made great efforts this year to prepare students from the very beginning of the academic year. Thanks to Career Starter Week, students were able to discover a wide range of business sectors and better target their applications (see our article on this subject).
We also created documents to be distributed to students and these can be accessed primarily via the new Career Centre website www.heccareercenter.ch. A brochure presenting the companies that participated was also available.
Finally, CVs sent by students to companies in advance enabled interviews to be held during the event.