On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management hosted the ninth FS Career Day. For the first time, the recruiting fair was held on the business school’s new campus. More than 800 students attended the event, which featured 85 companies with a total of 370 representatives. Among the exhibitors were well-known companies from a wide variety of industries, ranging from adidas, Fresenius, Nestlé, Porsche and Daimler through to Goldman Sachs, Bain & Company and Roland Berger.
Dr Heike Brost, Head of Degree Programmes & Executive Education at Frankfurt School, welcomed the students and company representatives and thanked them for their enthusiastic participation: “We’ve been hosting Frankfurt School Career Day since 2009, and the recruiting fair has grown steadily right up to the present day. A total of 85 firms are taking part in this year’s event on our new campus – that’s a new record!” Career Day, she continued, is one of the most important events in the academic year, as the fair successfully brings together Frankfurt School students with talent-seeking companies, hence directly fulfils one of the business school’s key remits. Dr Brost gave special thanks to FS alumni who were attending Career Day on behalf of their current employers. “Alumni representing their employers here can give our students first-hand advice on how best to launch their own careers – in an impressively wide range of sectors,” she concluded.
Following the official welcome, students had plenty of time to explore the various companies’ exhibition stands. In addition to internships and vacancies for student trainees, the exhibitors were able to tell them all about traineeships and direct-entry options after graduation.
“We’ve decided to take part in Frankfurt School’s Career Day for the first time because the university has an outstanding reputation. We’re looking for interns in a very wide variety of fields, but we’re also keeping an eye out for Bachelor and Master graduates interested in working for our Finance department,” said Matthias Glaser, Talent Acquisition Manager Central Europe at Reckitt Benckiser (RB), the world market leader in consumer health and hygiene. The company is especially proud of its international corporate culture: “Our employees are the cornerstone of our success, and they operate continuously at international level. So we’re looking for talented people who think internationally and are open to change. And we’re finding them here at Frankfurt School,” added Glaser. This is why the company’s working language is English, which in turn means that for many openings within the company, knowledge of German is not a prerequisite.
Porsche Germany was represented at the career fair by Eric Reutemann, Corporate Development Project Manager and Frankfurt School alumnus: “I still have close links with my alma mater, and I find the whole networking concept especially relevant on the FS Career Day. We’d like to link up with students who are exceptional for a variety of reasons – in terms of both personality and academic background,” explained Reutemann, who completed his Master in Management at Frankfurt School in 2014. Strategically speaking, Porsche Deutschland is intensely focused on innovation and digitalisation: “We’re investing heavily in the future. In the automotive sector in particular, digitalisation plays a vital role for companies looking to maintain their competitive edge,” he emphasised.
Lena Kurzenknabe, a Frankfurt School alumna who works in international corporate development for Kaufland Stiftung & Co. KG, also attended the recruitment fair for her employer: “We’d like to show students that alongside banks and consulting firms, the consumer goods industry also has plenty of interesting jobs to offer. As well as suitable candidates for internships, we’ve come to Frankfurt School to recruit talented students for trainee programmes and first jobs at Kaufland.” Alongside the various specialist options available on the business school’s degree courses, the practical relevance of Frankfurt School’s programmes in particular gives its students and graduates an advantage over other applicants. Lena Kurzenknabe was awarded her Master of International Business degree in 2013.
“If you’re looking for capable young people to work in the finance industry, Frankfurt School is one of the obvious places to start. We’re constantly on the lookout for new talents who can make a success of working on our complex projects for major clients. The students here are well prepared,” explains Florian P. Meyer, who works in investment banking at Goldman Sachs. He was awarded his Bachelor degree in Business Administration by Frankfurt School in 2012, then went on to gain a Master of Mergers & Acquisitions degree.
Ozren Winkler, Associate Manager Internal Audit at Fresenius and a Frankfurt School alumnus since October, is a good example of how the FS Career Day can help students find permanent positions. “I attended last year’s FS careers fair and immediately had a very lively discussion with Fresenius. This resulted in an internship, which I really enjoyed. After that, I stayed in touch with my colleagues in the company, and was eventually offered a full-time job,” explains Ozren Winkler, who graduated with a Master of Finance degree. He’s looking forward to telling other Frankfurt School students about his experience.
Ana Laura Mendonca Malheiro, currently studying for a Master of Finance degree at Frankfurt School, is particularly interested in finding a position as a student trainee that would not require her to learn German first. “I’ve only been at Frankfurt School for a couple of months, so while I’m learning German at the moment, I still feel more comfortable in English. I’ve already had several positive discussions. KPMG, for example, is offering positions in Frankfurt that don’t necessarily require German language skills,” says the Brazilian.
Lynn Cunningham, an undergraduate student of International Management on the lookout for an internship abroad, highlighted the sheer diversity of the industries represented at FS Career Day. As she explains: “The fair gives me an opportunity to engage in one-to-one discussions with employees working in a very wide range of sectors. I’d like to do an internship over the summer, ideally in the USA. So this event – right here and now – is the perfect moment to be discussing options with company reps.”