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""What Kind of Career Development Programs Do You Have in Your School?""

UnknownPavel Dermer
Pavel Dermer
Chair of the Students' Board of N.E. Bauman Moscow State Technical University

Ivan Andrianov
Chair of Faculty Students' Board of N.E. Bauman Moscow State Technical University

In the modern world it is hard for a young specialist to find a good job. He or she faces the task of analyzing demand and searching for job offers. Students are beginning to think of their career development long before graduation.

Serious attention is paid to employment issues at our university. Employers' forums involving leading Russian and foreign companies are held on a regular basis. Students get a unique opportunity to enter into dialogue with employers, assessing companies of their interest and finding employment and internship positions.

The university also runs meetings with successful university graduates. The meetings provide a networking ground for Bauman students and graduates of different generations, professions and views. Students get a chance to talk face-to-face with company directors and business and science representatives and learn from their experience, while graduates look for future employees and offer students employment and internship opportunities.

Anna Griaznova
Director for Academic Studies and Preparation for Higher Education Programs
Higher School of Business Moscow State University after M.V. Lomonosov

Anna Griaznova
At business schools, students are introduced to working environments and the process of building a relationship with an employer. The required communication skills are developed both in traditional classes and specially designed workshops with the aim to plunge students into real life business situations. The Higher School of Business of the Moscow State University actively involves successful businessmen in tuition. By observing their behavioral patterns and way of thinking students gain an understanding of what will be expected of them at the workplace.

Moreover, lecturers-practitioners do not only share their specific knowledge and skills but they also provide students with direct access to the business community. The majority of students on MBA and Master's programs find positions as a result of ties with former graduates of their school.

As is well known, one of the principal motivations to study at a business school is to network and maintain contacts. Toward this end the MGU Higher School of Business organizes regular networking activities. The evidence that this is effective is that many former graduates use the school's assistance in selecting candidates for vacant positions. Internship programs for BA students are also arranged.

Svetlana Avrutskaya
Coordinator, Alumni Association
Institute of Business and Economics/CSU, East Bay

Svetlana Avrutskaya
The IBE/CSU East Bay MBA is an evening program for working managers, so all of our students are employed fulltime. For some students, earning the MBA degree means getting promoted within their company, so they are not actively looking for a job. But most of our students join the MBA program to make a transition to other Russian companies, to foreign companies, to get a job abroad, or to change their career paths significantly.

The IBE Alumni Association also fulfills a valuable role. We help students and alumni to develop and maintain their network of contacts and use the association to find a new job -- or new employees for their companies. IBE Alumni Association members often hire or recommend their classmates or inform them of available vacancies.

Companies use IBE widely as a place to recruit. They send in vacancies to put on our Internet job page for distribution among our students and alumni. Sometimes they come to classes and make presentations to the students about their companies and positions available. For example, students have used this opportunity to talk to IKEA, Citibank, and Microsoft representatives to learn about career opportunities and to submit their resumes.

Alexander Rodionov
Head, Department for Students' and Graduates' Employment
G.V.Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics

Alexander Rodionov
Over recent years one of the labor market trends has been the growing interest of companies in employing young specialists. Students and graduates of leading business schools are becoming a staff pool for rapidly growing companies.

At the start of their careers students choose such areas as banking and consulting, finance and insurance, real estate, telecoms or FMCG. Companies in these spheres are the most active in the youth labor market.

Lack of experience is not an obstacle to making a successful career. Job placement and summer internship projects allow third–year students to get to know company business processes. By the fifth year of studies they become valuable specialists.

Employers also pay great attention to developing young employees' language and soft skills. On the whole, the number of students speaking at least one foreign language is high and by experts' opinion reaches about 80 percent.

According to a survey conducted by the Department for Students' and Graduates' Employment, less than half of Plekhanov Academy graduates (about 43 percent) choose jobs based on financial reasons. The need to gain work experience (34 percent), raise intelligence (12 percent) and bridge the education gap (11 percent) can also be noted as significant motivational factors.

The opportunity of career development and professional growth is also the most popular response (18 percent) by students' in answer to which extra requirements are preferable at a workplace.

Olga Balashova
Vice Rector for Academic Studies
Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI)

Olga Balashova
MESI cooperates with employers in the following areas. First, it is a special purpose enrollment facility for specific companies. Second, the university agrees with companies on implementing students' internship and summer job placement projects. Third, it has created business techno parks where students are able to develop their own real-life projects. After that the students can either work in the area of expertise that they gained in the techno park or set up their own companies.

The employment center of MESI cooperates with more than 150 partners. Among them are such companies as KPMG, Ernst & Young, PwC, ACNielsen, Citibank and many others. The employment center regularly runs vacancy fairs and presentation days of the largest companies and makes attractive internship and job offers.

Nina Andreeva
Head of Information Department, Academic Studies
Academy of National Economy

Nina Andreeva
The main task of a higher educational establishment is not to place a student in a job but to assist in their career development. There are many ways of achieving this. The most immediate ones are to hold vacancy fairs, career days and company presentations. Vacancy announcements can be placed on university web sites and notice boards. Such events bring together both students and employers. The overwhelming majority of Russian higher educational establishments make use of the above methods.

The Academy of National Economy takes advantage of more proactive methods. Among them are consulting students individually and in groups, writing resumes, setting career goals and searching for companies using these goals. If there is no appropriate company in the center's database then the search is used to establish contacts.

The center offers assistance in arranging negotiations, teleconferences and face-to-face interviews with company's HR managers. It monitors candidates' interviewing and assessment results. If the candidate does not suit the company, analysis of causes is made and a search for new job offers is conducted.

If the candidate is hired the consultant stays in touch with the company till the end of the candidate's probation period monitoring the employer's satisfaction of the job performance.

Such proactive methods bear the best results. Thus last year each student received five to seven job offers on average.