Over 2,000 students visited #JobSpot at Vistula University

More than 2,000 out of over 5,000 Vistula University students took part in the sixth edition of the JobSpot fair. The companies offered nearly 350 jobs and 200 practices and internships, of which over 160 were paid. This year’s fair was attended by such companies as: Schneider Electric, Dell, Polkomtel, Orbis Hotel Group, Polish Press Agency and many others.

– Students are mostly interested in the possibilities of development offered by organizations, i.e. in designing their career paths. They most often ask about job offers in international corporations. What is also important for them are good working conditions, I mean, both financial and those related to the general office environment, location, etc. The work-life balance or, in other words, the balance between work and private life (e.g. flexible working hours), is another aspect that is becoming more and more relevant for students – says Ewa Wolniewicz, coordinator of the #JobSpot fair at Vistula University, a university which provides education for students from 84 countries. – Undoubtedly, a rich diversity of the environment in which Vistula University students participate, a possibility to socialize with young people from many different countries and cultural backgrounds affects and strengthens our students’ innovative and proactive behaviors, so valued in the labor market – emphasizes Wolniewicz. For many international companies in Poland, Vistula graduates are desirable candidates on the labor market thanks to their cross-cultural competences and experience.

Best companies headhunt for Vistula University talents at the JobSpot fair

– You need to be well prepared for the fair. You should check which companies are taking part in the event, read available information about particular companies, industries, business environments. Think about your skills and competences, prepare your CV – advises Ewa Wolniewicz, organizer of the JobSpot fair. – Development opportunities in an organization as well as a possibility to design their career paths are very important for students. They most often ask about job offers in international corporations – adds the project coordinator in the Career Office of Vistula University.

This year JobSpot at Vistula University is held for the sixth time. What is its goal?

Ewa Wolniewicz: We provide our students with a possibility of direct contact with recruiters from a wide variety of companies, from start-ups to international corporations. Companies, on the other hand, have an opportunity to talk about their business activity and present their cooperation proposals for students (job offers, practices, internships), which enables them to “seize” our best talents at Vistula.

Is it difficult to attract companies to take part in job fairs addressed to students, today?

It is not an easy task, but we cooperate with many companies that are aware of the specific character our university, which is the most internationalized university in Poland. We also keep looking for new contacts in order to provide our students with a variety of job offers and access to innovative projects. Such companies as, among others, Schneider Electric, Dell, Polkomtel, Orbis Hotel Group and many, many others, have confirmed their participation in this year’s edition of the fair.

Every year, thousands of recruitment interviews take place at the JobSpot fair. How can students present themselves in the best possible way?

You need to be well prepared for the fair. You should check which companies are taking part in the event, read available information about particular companies, industries, business environments. Think about your skills and competences, prepare a CV, adopt a positive attitude, approach recruiters with a smile and start a conversation.

And what are the students’ expectations regarding future employers?

Students are mostly interested in the possibilities of development offered by organizations, i.e. in designing their career paths. They most often ask about job offers in international corporations. What is also important for them are good working conditions, I mean, both financial and those related to the general office environment, location, etc. Life-work balance or, in other words, the balance between work and private life (e.g. flexible working hours), is another aspect that is becoming more and more relevant for students.

During the JobSpot fair, students can also participate in workshops and discussion panels. One of them is the Youth Forum Leviatan entitled: “# NoSham: Corporation or your own business? What is the best choice at the beginning of your career?” How would you answer that question? Do you advise students their own start-up or corporation?

It is necessary to talk with each person individually and learn about their predispositions, motivations and competences. The point of departure is defining one’s own competences – strengths.

It is a good idea to start a career from getting to know different organizations, gaining experience, contacts, and only when a student/graduate has drawn up a well prepared business plan and is ready for new challenges, they can start thinking about their own business.

Students from 84 countries study at Vistula. How does studying in such an international environment affect professional competences?

Apart from theoretical knowledge or qualifications, professional competences include also practical social skills and attitude – shaped mainly by motivation. Undoubtedly, a rich diversity of the environment in which Vistula University students participate, a possibility to socialize with young people from many different countries and cultural backgrounds affects and strengthens our students’ innovative and proactive behaviors, so valued in the labor. In an international environment, relationship building, team work and effective communication skills are additionally verified by cultural or linguistic differences, which employers perceive as a unique value of every Vistula university graduate. The specificity of the international environment allows to build students’ flexibility and openness, which is another important aspect. It is also worth mentioning the so-called hard competences to use foreign languages, which opens up for students new career perspectives to work in foreign companies which have different organizational structures and cultures, as well as strengthens their competences of intercultural communication. Our students have an open way into the world – they can work everywhere. In addition, we try to help them by offering consultations during which, after completing the competence test, they can talk with our vocational counsellors. It often gives them an opportunity to start an internship provided by our Career Office.

Ewa Wolniewicz – project coordinator at the Career Office of Vistula University.

Management and Marketing graduate. She has been building her professional experience for 20 years in Poland and abroad working for both big corporations and small companies, and also running her own business. She is particularly interested in issues related to employer branding. At Vistula University, Ewa Wolniewicz deals with job fairs organization, cooperation with companies and career counseling.

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