Career Days 2015 were completed on October 15, marking the 40th year of successfully connecting students with the job market. Once more, DEREE students were offered the opportunity to attend Company Visitation Days and have interviews with representatives of leading international companies, to participate in career-related workshops, and to have their professional profile photo taken.
This year 66 leading companies, such as AB Vassilopoulos, Adecco, Aegean Airlines, Aldemar Resorts, Athenian Brewery, Coca-Cola Tria Epsilon, FF Group, GSK, IBM, Johnson & Johnson Hellas, KPMG, Leaseplan, Libra Group, L’Oreal, Mercedes -Benz, Nestlé, OTE Group, Pepsico, Plaisio, Public, ReGeneration, SAP, Titan, TNT and Weber Shandwick participated in the event, with more than 110 companies’ representatives informing students about current or future job positions and offering them the valuable experience of an interview. Marios P., a sophomore student volunteering for Career Days, also got the chance to test his interview skills and he managed to score high, as he was offered various internship positions: “I am majoring in Communications and wishing to work for luxury branding. I got offered internship at 5 companies of the luxury services’ sector and I want to take full advantage of each opportunity; hands-on experience will complement my studies and will add valuable assets to my CV for further studies in the field.”
Career Days is established as the connecting link between students and the business world, allowing for interviewees to receive feedback on their CVs and experience a real one-to-one interview with the company of their preference. “The feedback we receive based on our CV is very useful because you see the different culture every company has and how they approach you,” said Eleni P. right after her personal session with a company representative.
This year, a special feature was added: a photo shoot for a professional headshot to be used as a social media profile picture, as well as in international internship & job applications. The schedule of events also included engaging workshops, such as the Decoding Body Language workshop organized by the Libra Group, helping participants gain insight into some of the do’s and dont’s of non-verbal communication in professional settings. Body language and interaction was also the topic of the creative workshop “Capoeira Techniques @ Job Interview,” which simulated the job interview “game” through Capoeira dancing moves.
Workshops and lectures, a photo shoot and many interviews: What does it all have to offer to students? George C., a senior student at DEREE, explains: “There is such a strong sense of professionalism that students, whether senior or freshmen, feel they have the appropriate guidance to go out there and do it!”
Once more, Career Days offered students professional opportunities and valuable experience, while it opened the doors of academia to companies in search of talented and competent employees.