The CEMS Career Forum was held on November 6-7 in the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria with 36 Corporate Partners attended the 2015 Career Forum.

Very excitingly, Alumni who have graduated 0-4 years ago (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) had the opportunity to apply for pre-scheduled interviews with 13 CEMS Corporate Partners present at the CEMS Career Forum.

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The annual Career Forum is the biggest recruitment event of the CEMS year. CEMS students and Corporate Partners from all over the world are given the opportunity to network through roughly 25 Skill Seminars, 12 company presentations, a job fair with 40 exhibition stands and over 600 pre-scheduled interviews.

The 2015 edition of the CEMS Career Forum in Vienna was held on the 6th and 7th of November on the campus of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). Over 1100 students from across the 29 CEMS partner schools and 300 representatives of CEMS Corporate Partners were in attendance.

Corporate Partners are provided the ideal chance to meet, interact with and interview potential hires from the CEMS talent pool. Opportunities for corporate branding, promoting employment opportunities, and knowledge sharing with academic representatives from the 29 member schools is also provided through networking events such as the Networking Cocktail. The Speed-Networking Meeting with CEMS schools allow Corporate Partner representatives to meet and explore new collaboration opportunities in every corner of the globe where CEMS operates.

Irina Zavyalova, a Corporate Partner Representative from BNP Paribas, found the CEMS Career Forum different from other job fairs: “The major difference is that it’s an international forum. You have candidates from 60 different nationalities coming with very rich cultural, linguistic, and educational backgrounds.”

For students and young graduates, the CEMS Career Forum offers a rare opportunity to meet with recruiters from top multinational companies. Beyond multinational corporations, the job fair also has the “Start-up Corner”, a group of stands dedicated to ventures created by CEMS alumni. The Start-up Corner offers CEMS students interested in entrepreneurship and other business ventures a wealth of information and knowledge sharing.

“I came to the CEMS Career Forum because it’s a good opportunity to find job and internship prospects, and just talk to the companies and get to know people,” says Jana Novakova, a CEMS student studying at the University of Economics, Prague.

As a yearly event, the CEMS Career Forum continues to grow and evolve each year. In addition to staples of the forum such as walk-in and prescheduled interviews, skill seminars, company presentations and the job fair, this year marked the introduction of several “Career Training Workshops”. These workshops involving social media training and interview preparation are meant to help students and recent graduates improve their opportunity search and career progress.