The GSOM SPbU Career Week, in its present format, was first held in the fall of 2017. It was a large-scale career event that was appreciated by both students and employers. In anticipation of the sixth Management Career Week in the Spring of 2020 students have spoken with representatives of the Career Center and the Student Organizing Committee, and have prepared an interview about the history of the creation of MCW, its role in student life and its development prospects.
How did you come up with the idea of creating Management Career Week?
Elizaveta Troyanova, Director of the Career Center:
“The Career Center has long existed in the paradigm of one day for a career event. A few years ago we realized that a career event has enormous potential as a format, we thought about this project as a great platform to develop new skills and unlock the potential of our students. Each semester, we show to our students new industries and new professions. This is how the Management Career Week project started”.
Anton Matveev, Coordinator of MCW 2017: Autumn and MCW 2018: Spring:
“For the first time I had the opportunity to participate in “career day” at GSOM SPbU during my second year: there were several workshops and a job fair in which all companies were looking for senior students. Then and there I realized two major things: GSOM SPbU career event needs to grow to the size of a career forum, to become something more than a job fair; and it is necessary to develop career opportunities of our students from the first two years of the university.
We managed to pitch the new concept and I got to be the lucky one to work as a coordinator of the first and second Management Career Week seasons”.
Nadezhda Krylova, Manager of the Career Center:
“Is it possible to make a project for 500+ participants when there is just a couple of people in the Career Center? Sounds like an unachievable task, but for the help of our talented GSOM students. Each season, an organizing committee of 25-30 students works on making Management Career Week better. This is a real business unit, which is divided into 4 departments of the same degree of importance: partner relations, program, marketing and logistics”.
What motivates students to participate in the organization of the event?
“We often ask ourselves what drives students involved in such projects, as they seem to only intensify the workload they already have. This has to be their a thirst for new emotions they receive at the end of the project. Or a chance to make useful contacts and the ability to upgrade teamwork skills. All of the above has a right to be, but the main thing, in our opinion, is a sense of involvement in projects that work on the School’s image and are of undeniable value for the career and professional development of students”.
What does your own story with MCW sound like?
Anastasia Golubkova, an employee of all MCW organizing committees since 2017, coordinator of MCW 2018: Autumn and MCW 2019: Spring:
“I got into MCW during my freshman year, when Anton Matveev, initiator and Head of the event, accepted me to the Organizing Committee of the very first season. It was very cool: we created everything from scratch! I was the Head of the Marketing and Promotion Department, and we developed the VK group, made student registration, created promotional videos and many more! During my second year, I became the Head of the MCW Organizing Committee 2018/2019, and it was unforgettable: to recruit a team, develop all aspects of the event at the same time, be responsible for everything at once!”
Maria Voskoboinik, Coordinator of MCW 2019: Autumn and MCW 2020: Spring:
“I came to Management Career Week during my second year at GSOM and this is where my organizing and professional career in general started. My first ever internship was MCW. First business contacts was during MCW. This is a real project management in practice. During these two years and four seasons of MCW I learned a lot, I changed and the event itself changed too. Each new organizing team brings in something different, creates new vision, tells new story. And this is for sure a success story!”
How do you see MCW today and tomorrow?
Elizaveta Troyanova: “MCW is not just an event, it is a unique educational management model when the best GSOM student become owners of this project. I truly believe in MCW and wish the 2019/2020 team to reach new heights!”
“The first MCW was a students’ initiative with ambitions but no budget. Today, every MCW is an event uniting GSOM SPbU partners, students, and professors. New project managers have all the opportunities to develop students' future careers. I hope that they will succeed in making all their plans come to life”.
“MCW is about chances: chances to learn new things, get to know new people, to connect with incredibly interesting, motivated and very different individuals, receive job offers and participate in the life of our beloved school. Options are endless. Everyone choose appropriate one for themselves”.
The new Organizing Committee has begun work on the organization of MCW 2020 in the Spring of 2020 and invites all students to a career event from March 16 to 21, 2020.