Virtual Career Day: Outperforming expectations (Testimonial)
Written by Christian Siemens, Bain & Company
Challenging times require innovative solutions – the same holds true for this year’s career day at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. Having studied at Frankfurt School, I personally know of the great advantage that the format holds for students to receive first-hand insights from numerous top-tier companies across various industries. Ultimately, the career team of Frankfurt School successfully managed to shift the latest career fair to a virtual format in order to enable both, students and corporates to unlock the full potential of the career day. As an alumnus, it is always great to see how the university manages to constantly push the boundaries of academic excellence to ensure a large pool of high potential, international and motivated students.
Experiences throughout the day
By hosting a virtual company presentation in the morning, we have been able to address a record-breaking number of ~250 students through a general introduction to Bain & Company led by one of our top Financial Services Partners, Mike Kuehnel. Further, we were able to already consolidate a large number of general and consulting-specific questions from highly motivated and curious students that were answered throughout the subsequent sessions. After the lunch break, the students were offered more interactive sessions, including one-on-one sessions with experienced Bain consultants and group sessions in which we provided an informal setting to answer individual career related questions. Here, we put great emphasis on the coverage of both recruiting and non-recruiting questions by having a tandem of a Recruiting representative as well as a consultant present throughout the entire day. The set-up enabled the students to receive answers to e.g. the general application process and to obtain first hand experiences from the day-to-day life of an experienced consultant.
It has been great to actually observe how well prepared the Frankfurt School students joined the open sessions by raising very specific questions about the job as a consultant as well as Bain’s culture. Certainly, we have had fruitful and insightful discussions on the individual career paths and areas of interest with a large number of students – strengthening our perception of Frankfurt School as one of Bain & Company’s target universities in Germany.
Last, but not least – A personal advice
The most important piece of advice I can offer to someone applying to Bain is to just be yourself throughout the recruiting process. Bain’s most valuable asset is its people and its supportive culture – it is important to be honest, humble and genuine! Further, have a clear notion of what is important to you at work and speak to people who have worked or are actually working here. Listen to their experiences and see if you are a fit with Bain’s culture. As important as you being a fit for Bain, it is also important to figure out if Bain is a fit for you.
For any further questions to your career start at Bain & Company, please always feel free to reach out.