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Cass hosts national careers day

Cass, Citi and BusinessBecause bring together recruiters and major UK business schools

Recruiters from organisations such as Citi, Enterprise Rent-a-car, GE and LinkedIn came together with some of the UK's leading business schools at Cass earlier this week to discuss the job market and gain insight into the post-crisis workplace.

no altThe MBA career manager's perspective panel: (l-r) Tony Somers, HEC Paris; Sarah Juillet. Cass Business School; Colin Hudson, Cranfield School of Management

Lord Dennis Stevenson, former Chairman of HBOS and Pearson and serial entrepreneur kicked off the day with a call to action for business schools. He said that immersing students in the challenges of running a small business was a better way to learn about business than the traditional case study method. He also added that business schools would do well to prepare their students for failure as well as success.

The first panel featured MBA recruiters who shared their hiring needs and challenges in the current market. Emma Skorsky of Citi said that the biggest recruiting ground for full-time roles at the bank is their internship program, and that getting these internships is nearly as tough as landing a job.

Julia Bowden of giant GE Energy Europe said that outside of the firm's Experienced Leader Program for MBA grads, there were a lot of roles advertised across the company that are suitable for MBAs. GE prefers to promote from within, advertising all vacancies internally seven days before they open up to the public.

Tripp Martin of Enterprise Rent-A-Car said that while his firm was growing internationally and provided many opportunities for progression, it was tough to shake off the image that "it's just a car rental firm". Martin, who studied business at James Madison University in Virginia before joining the firm as a management trainee in 1999 said that all the top people at the firm come through the trainee program and started out learning to wash cars while wearing their business suits.

The second panel featured careers heads from top European business schools, including Sarah Juillet from Cass, who said that more students are showing an interest in entrepreneurship, social enterprise and technology, and that the careers department was building links with these kinds of companies too. One challenge for UK schools was getting students into the internships that often lead to a job, because MBA programs typically last for one year only.

Sarah Juillet was interviewed after the conference for this week's Cass Talks. The Cass Talks interviews are an opportunity to hear Cass faculty and prominent alumni give their perspective on current business and finance news stories, global issues affecting the business world and new research coming out of the School. Listen, watch and download Cass Talks This article has been adapted from a piece by Maria Ahmed on www.businessbecause.com

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