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11.11.2020

Tailor-Made Careers Advice

Students and businesses network for the first time via FIFOnline.

Bianca Fecker from the Career Center informs interested students.

Carolien van der Hulst from the Career Center informs interested students.

by Sven Rottner

The ESB Business School ensures close ties between students and companies even in difficult times. Its Company Forum (FIFO) brought together 30 participating businesses and more than 1,000 students in an online event this year. The companies informed the students about potential career paths and explored individual career opportunities in one-on-one consultations with the students.

 

The Company Forum (FIFO) takes place once a year and enables students and companies to make contact, to get information, and to expand their networks. This year, the fair took place purely online for the first time. A total of 30 national and international companies awaited the students at the virtual exhibition stands and in the presentations.

Via an online platform, participants were able to register in advance and sign up for FIFOnline. The details they gave in their profiles facilitated the contact between companies and students.

The businesses gave online presentations to provide interested students with information about their company philosophy, career prospects and options. The companies also had staff available to answer questions at their virtual stands.

There was also an opportunity for personal consultation - students could arrange individual chats with company partners in advance. In 15 to 60 minutes, both sides were able to meet individually, either just to get to know each other without obligation or as part of a regular job interview.

The online format with prior registration made it easier for all participants to prepare for the fair. ESB alumnus Tobias Roth (IB 2017) was there for Porsche AG, saying “Despite the difficult situation, a win-win situation evolved. With the help of the online profiles we were able to address the students even more precisely. And the students were also able to gain an even more effective impression of our company and approached us in a very targeted manner.”

Students were able to look for suitable job offers quickly and easily. The individual interviews also made it easier to establish contact between potential employers and employees. Thanks to the online format, ESB students from abroad were also able to participate.

Professor Christoph Binder, Dean of the ESB Business School, emphasised the networking aspect of the event, saying “The continual exchange between students and companies is a basic prerequisite for optimal entry into the job market. Especially in the current situation, it was essential for us to maintain this option.”

Working with the ESB Career Centre, students also took on organization of FIFOnline. Mariel Ludwig from the BSc International Management Double Degree and Emilie Huber from the BSc International Business programme coordinated the project with a dozen helpers. Bianca Fecker from ESB Business School's Career Centre expressed her gratitude for this student commitment. “We are pleased that more than 1,000 students at the ESB Business School were able to take advantage of the service this year. Yet we hope to be able to welcome students and companies on site again next year,” she said.