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University talent and companies, connected at the Winter Career Forum

Twenty national and international companies in search of millennial talent

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University students during the Winter Career Forum. PHOTO: Manuel Castells
07/02/18 17:01 Blanca Rodriguez

The Winter Career Forum, organized by Career Services University of Navarra, brought together more than 500 students and twenty national and international companies in the main workshop of employment of the academic center. A talent exchange that has been completed with selection processes on campus.

The students have had the opportunity to meet the human resources managers of the firms, the line of business of the companies and the skills they are looking for in young professionals. For this purpose, networking stands have been set up in the hall of Amigos Building and three round tables have been held, where employers have presented their experience in identifying and attracting talent.

"The Winter Career Forum is a point of meeting, a bridge between our students and companies -explains the director of Career Services, Roberto Cabezas-. Our goal is that this bridge materializes into concrete work opportunities for our students".

Amazon, which travels from its second global headquarters in Costa Rica, is one of the companies that repeat the format with goal to select young people to join its workforce. Last year, sixteen students joined signature, including nine students from the University of Navarra and seven from IESE Business School.

The companies 3M, Abante, Accenture, Auchan Retail, Aldi, Caja Rural de Navarra, Decathlon, Deloitte, El Corte Inglés, EY, Ferrovial, Findus, Florette, KPMG, Laboral kutxa, Leroy Merlin, Management Solutions, Pwc and Simon Kucher & Partners also participated.

Millennials and companies

The workshop of employment was completed with a Coaching Day, where executives from IESE Business School of the University of Navarra reviewed resumes with interested students, and a lecture to companies given by Prof. Guido Stein, director academic of IESE's Executive MBA in Madrid.

In the session, Stein addressed the millennial generation's concern for the professional future. He addressed the generational traits of professionals born between 1980 and 2000: "Millennials live on expectations, on the next challenges," he explained. They learn a lot, but they don't have time to analyze. That's why you realize when someone is good, because they think and reflect".

In the social sphere, he emphasized the young professionals' trust, friendship and inclination for peaceful relationships. Meanwhile, in the workplace, he highlighted the importance of achievements, feedback and recognition, and assured that "they are surprised when there is little support from top management. They want to understand where businessis going".