CBS MBA alumni help current students achieve their job goals
Alumni help current students achieve their job goals
A personal career mentor
The Copenhagen Full-time MBA class of 2016 is graduating in a few months, and the spring and summer months are traditionally hectic times for hitting post-MBA career goals. To further increase students’ knowledge and insight about job roles and industries in Denmark, the Alumni and Careers department have joined forces to match each budding MBA candidate with the most appropriate mentor from the available array of MBA alumni. The match is made based on the student’s career objectives. All mentors attend an introductory workshop before their first meeting with the relevant MBA student and the subsequent mentor meetings will cover specific topics such as:
- Job role objectives and industry insight
- Networking in a Danish working environment
- Managing the interview process and salary negotiations
- A day in the life of your mentor
Aleksandra Himiceva is a student participating in the MBA Career Mentor Programme and has been pleased with the process so far. She and her mentor Mads Langberg, Operations Manager at Widex, have been working on her CV and job applications together.
“Mads always makes a lot of effort to help, he is readily available when I need advice and he is always willing to share his contacts with me. The next step will be to prepare and set up practice interviews,” said Aleksandra Himiceva.
Her mentor Mads Langberg adds:
“I have supported Aleksandra by talking about my career progression and current role at Widex, relating my tasks and responsibilities to her situation and aspirations. Specifically, we have discussed networking and the job search process here in Denmark. I have introduced her to relevant people in my network where e.g. interviews have been a part of the process. This is my second time mentoring the students, and I really enjoy connecting with the MBA programme. I find it very rewarding to help the students release their potential and help them find an exciting career path here in Copenhagen!”
Another satisfied mentee, MBA student Charles Burns, said his intention for joining the Career Mentoring Programme was to build a deeper relationship with an alum who had taken a path similar to his own after completing the MBA, “Ideally I want to have a sparring partner who will give me a different angle on my current career goals, tell me things as they are and support me should the opportunity arise”. Charlie and his mentor Juan Martinez, Chief Consultant at Danske Bank, have had one meeting so far, which was largely focused on “do's and don'ts” of applying to jobs, as well as an informal phone conversation regarding a potential upcoming opportunity, “Both times, I've found it refreshing to get the perspective of someone in the industry and with real experience.”
The Career Mentor Programme is one of many initiatives the MBA Careers and Alumni team organise to help Copenhagen Full-time MBA students with their career goals. If you are interested in becoming a mentor for a student that wishes to stay in Denmark, please contact our Alumni Relations Manager, Michala Røder.
Student interviews in this article were conducted by MBA student Georgianna Carlson. Read her original article, published on the CBS MBA alumni site, here.