Via the IM Programme many students have learnt a lot about business, made new friends, found future employers, expanded their horizons and also, more often than you think, found their partners. After nearly 20 years since the programme started there are a surprising number of IM couples and even IM babies 🙂
To celebrate the love that’s been created, we are having a Love@IM barbeque from noon on 9 September at the Pfadiheim in Wangen bei Olten. It’s for all who found love via or during their IM days and for any and all resultant kids 🙂 . There will be some basic food and drinks (sausages, soft drinks, etc.). Feel free to bring your own meat, extra drinks, a salad, a very yummy cake,..
So save the date and let us know if you are coming and if you’re bringing some food (we will get in touch with you beforehand)!
Over CHF 3 000 was raised for disadvantaged youth in rural Nigeria and for the IM Alumni graduation prize at the Bid for a Boss event on Thursday 27 April. Fifteen bosses, all offering unique opportunities, went under the hammer with most of the proceeds going to a charity set up by alumnus John Uwaeke. Apart from the entertaining auction (thank you, Robert) there was time to network and have fun.
Supporting this event were loads of others: Pernod Ricard sponsored with a great bar and mixologist, and food (soups, ice cream, nibbles) were offered. Student volunteers manned the bar. And two photographers (Corinne Köpfli and Kierin Mulholland) documented it all.
We’ll be posting more soon to give you the details of the fundraising and what happened next when the “winners” called in their bids. There were also separate donations of money and laptops to C4C, some bosses offered a second service and there are more pix in the pipeline – so there’s loads to still let you know about. Meanwhile, all we can say, is a very big thank you to all of you.
So here’s the full catalogue: 15 bosses offering unique oppotunities. Highlights include: personal consulting from an SRF economics reporter including a visit to a TVshow such as Arena or Sportpanorama, a 2-day excursion to Brussels (flights and accommodation included) to sit in on a workshop on Swiss-EU relations, a day in a communications agency, behind the scenes at a hotel including learning how to make ice-cream, joining a CEO on a visit to Europe’s largest tradeshow in Nürnberg…..
2017 Bid for a Boss Event_programme and auction catalogue
For those of you who can’t make it but would love to win one of these opportunities: mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up phone bidding on the night.
Bid for a Boss, 27 April from 1830. Register here or on Facebook
Melanie Auer, Head of Controlling at Roche Pharma
Melanie Auer is Head of Controlling at Roche Pharma. And she’s our Boss#2. She’s been with Roche since graduating from BSc IM in 2011 – including six months in India helping to establish the controlling unit there.
Bid for her on 27 April #BidforaBoss and get individual time with her to talk about controlling, networking and planning your development. Drinks in the Pebbles Bar – that’s the one at the top of the Roche tower – are included.
Sign up here or on Facebook
By the way – there will be something pretty special to eat and drink on the night – we’ll tell you more next week
The Missing Podium. From left: Robert Buttery auctioning Dean Antje Leukens and Esin Cengiz finding it thoroughly amusing
“At the kick-off event for IM Alumni we were beginners and made a few hilarious mistakes. Not only were we not able to print the name tags on time, we realized we didn’t have a podium for the charity auction and Robert as auctioneer and Antje who was being auctioned tried to stand on the same chair. This was hilarious. Later at the speed-networking there were some misunderstandings as some thought it was speed-dating. But it was great – so good to launch this connection and I’m certainly looking forward to the next one – the Bid for a Boss on 27 April – where we do have a podium!”
Graduated BSc IM 2009
Now Head of HR and of CSR at Pernod Ricard “What I really love about my job is working with people, supporting them supporting them to be at their best as well being there for them when they just need someone to talk and share their thoughts. It’s especially the change management that I find challenging and rewarding. It allows me to be creative and innovative and put my footprint on our culture – the way we want to work, to shape our organization. Hence why I was actively looking for roles in HR where I could embrace the change management aspect in my area of responsibilities. What I enjoy a lot about working at Pernod Ricard is definitely the great brands we have but also our decentralized organization which gives us the liberty to shape our business according to the Swiss market needs. We are all asked to be entrepreneurs and take responsibilities for our decisions and actions. We are quick to make decisions and bring change, and that is what keeps me going every day. That also is reflected in our CSR actions where we should not just talk about it, but do it seriously, set an example. So, for instance, we’re now changing our cars to emission A standards and introducing a paperless office or working with SpiritsSuisse to actively raise awareness about misuse of alcohol. Additionally, we’re sponsoring ESN (European Student Network) parties at the FHNW with the objective of supporting responsible drinking.”
How did studying IM help? ”It taught me to be flexible and open-minded. This attitude was intrinsic in the studies and then consolidated on the semester abroad. My world was opened to the fact that different people perceive things differently and do things differently – you can’t just go from your own perceptions. Of course we experienced this too during our studies here – there were many students from different cultures. And our lecturers – not only different cultures but teaching us diverse topics: our professor in Maths and Statistics also taught an elective in Books of the World. I truly believe that we are very lucky to have gone through the studies as we have, we were exposed to diversity in a way that is very special and prepared us all to what was to come. I think that is the reason why I enjoy being the Chair of the IM Alumni Association Board so much, to be able to give back and contribute to the great community of IM is still very rewarding and exciting as ever. It is great to see that every year the school is graduating top class students and opens many doors for them to go and be great at what they do. I am certainly grateful that I have had the opportunity to study International Management at the FHNW, not only for the great people and experiences but for the long lasting relationships I have gained out of it.”
After Graduation “After an initial internship in HR at PwC I became an HR Assistant and HR Consultant @PwC. Then I became PMO for the Global Talent Acquisition team to shape the new recruitment strategy for Zurich Insurance Company. In 2013 I had the great chance to join 3M EMEA, where my role as HR Coordinator was to coordinate/manage the start-up of the newly created Supply Chain Center of Expertise EMEA in Burgdorf, moving over 200 people from across the world to Switzerland and building up the organization from day one on. Since 2013 I am also the Chair of the IM Alumni Association Board.”
Prizewinners 2016 on the move. Manuel Frei and Lawrence Morillo (far right) were voted the most community spirited classmates by their peers and awarded the IM Alumni Graduation Prize yesterday. Another IM graduate, Selina Widmer (far left) took the prize for the highest overall grade in Communication subjects.
A new batch of 49 IM graduates received their diplomas today. And our IM Alumni Graduation Prize was also awarded – for the first time there was a tie. Manuel Frei was praised especially for independently organising a brilliant study trip to Poland for his fellow students. And Lawrence Morillo for his constant support of his classmates with organising study groups and study materials for classmates and helping the exchange students.
The IM Alumni Graduation Prize is awarded each year to whoever the graduating classmates think has contributed most to the IM community. Indicative of the fundamental spirit of IM, there were a dozen nominations: Also nominated this year were: Valentina Heiz, Dominic Lohberger, Mitja Messerli, Nicolas Perrin, Yves Sutter, Joel Vogt, Rigzin-Chodon Dotschung, Tanja Nann and Selina Widmer. (A large number of students voted for Haris Besic even though he was not on the nominations list because he decided to extend his studies so he was saluted to general applause yesterday.) The prize money (CHF 400) is raised at IM Alumni events and was handed over yesterday by the president of the IM Alumni Association, Esin Cengiz.
Our congratulations to all the new graduates. We hope to see you soon.
p.s. As soon as the professional photos are out, we’ll post them here.
Current students in one of the “international” programmes are invited to a Job Application Event on 21 May where several alumni now working in HR and several professors can check your application dossier, your LinkedIn profile or answer questions about job interviews and (job, Master’s) application processes. The consultations, with a time slot of about 20 minutes per focus area, are free of charge.
When and where? The event will take place on Thursday, 21 May from 1730 to 1930 in the mensa at OVR.
Registration Please register by 10am on 15 May by using this form where you can state which service(s) you’d like to profit from and your optimal time slots. You will receive your allocated time-slots by 19 May.
Vinzent Batt is an IM alumnus of the first generation and someone who’s always stayed in touch with the programme (and especially the student seminars) and was brave enough this year to stand for auction as a boss. Asja Hot (currently in the MSc IM) and Kim Hunziker (about to graduate from BSc IM) shared Vinzenz’s interest and passion for NGO activities and projects and “won” him for half a day at May’s Auction. Vinzent is Vice-Director at Sandon – a company which manages and supports organisations and associations. Smiles all around – thanks for keeping us posted.
“Boss” Vinzenz Batt during the encounter with Asja Hot (middle ) and Kim Hunziker
Roll the drums folks, we raised roughly 4000 Swiss francs by successfully auctioning bosses to the IM Alumna on the 16th of May. Thank you people! Now that your job’s completed, ours has just started. We’re currently still in the process of collecting all the money, so if you’re one of the lucky devils who won a boss then please be reminded to pay your bill as soon as possible. Timely payment will facilitate our job and the money can be transferred to where it really belongs. As you were informed on the night of the event, we will donate a major amount of the proceeds to the “Swiss Support Foundation”, an NGO co-founded by former IM student Andrew Frei. The organization aims to improve the standards of living in the villages of Napantao, Southern Leyte in the Philippines.
With the remaining amount of money we will also finance this year’s graduation prize, which will pay tribute to the one student who contributed most to the IM community during the last three years and will hopefully continue to do so in the future!
And finally, of course, we also need to make sure that all the event costs are covered. This is what the last bit of money will be used for. We’ll post more information when the accounting process has been completed.
More photos of this event can be found online at Kierin Mulholland Photography page – Kierin Mulholland is an IM student and photographer.
Today we received news and a photo of another boss encounter: boss Peter Maurer, an Area Sales Manager at Bosch (Scintilla) and current IM student Laura Seifert. Peter took Laura to see the Scintilla production site in St Niklaus and then headed for a tour and a Marketing/Sales Q&A session in Zermatt during the afternoon. Thanks, Peter and Laura for the update!