2017 EFMD Career Services Conference

Hosted by: University of St Gallen

The event will start on: 22 Nov 17 17:00
And will end on: 24 Nov 17 14:30

Location: St. Gallen, Switzerland


High Tech & High Touch: Career Management in the digital age

Target Group
Directors of career services and business school career services staff involved in the strategic decisions of career services.

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Wednesday 22 November 2017

16:00 – 17:00


17:00 – 17:10


17:10 – 19:00

Ice-Breaking activity
Get to know St Gallen and your peers!

19:00 – 21:30

Networking dinner – Restaurant Schlössli

Thursday 23 November 2017

07:30 - 08:30

Sport Session – Early Bird Yoga

09:00 – 09:15

Welcome Address

09:15 – 10:30

Plenary I: Design Thinking and Career Services
To start our two days together, this plenary session will focus on the EFMD Career community. (Building on design thinking …) It will facilitate our joint inquiry into this year’s topic of High Tech & High Touch building our communal experience and knowledge. The session is designed to foster new connections, engaging discussions and new thoughts that inspire you for the days to come.

  • Ingo Rauth, Adj Prof IE Business School, SP

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30

Workshop Session

12:30 – 14:00

Informal Lunch + Optional Campus Tour

14:00 – 15:30

Repetition of Workshop Session

High touch: Self Leadership in a changing world
In an ever changing and high tech world, the need for clarity and authenticity is essential. How can we strengthen our self-leadership to increase the feeling of being in the driver’s seat, not just being a passenger in our life? Welcome to an interactive workshops where you get to reflect upon your own values and self-leadership as well as discuss the implications for your students and career center.

  • Hannah Larsson, Career Service and Corporate Relations, University of Gothenburg, SE

Career Services Engagement
Increasingly student and alumni expectations are that they will be able to capitalize on their education and pivot to a new industry, function or both, coupled in many cases with the aspiration of achieving international mobility. Often times we believe we are doing so many things to help our student/alumni stakeholder connect with the corporations and organizations, yet we are not always taking the time to properly communicate and market the services through the appropriate channels. We will share details of the initiatives that IE has employed to manage expectations and support job search outcomes. This will be followed by a group discussion on what we really need and which initiatives are likely to have the greatest impact.

  • Amber Wigmore Alvarez, Executive Director of Career Services, IE Business School, ES
  • Ana Gil, Career Services Engagement Manager, IE Business School, ES

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:00

Plenary II: Experiencing Gamification
Gamification as a concept has garnered a lot of attention over the last few years with a plethora of various forms and iterations being made commercially available; to assist or facilitate certain business processes, with engagement always being at the epicenter. However not many of these applications actually deliver on their purpose...but why? In this workshop, Owiwi will be carrying out an interactive session to explore the dynamics behind what makes Gamification work; and how to build better systems that can provide the desired outcome more effectively.

  • Ilias Vartholomaios - CEO & Co-Founder, Owiwi, GR
  • Athina Polina Dova - COO & Co-Founder, Owiwi, GR
  • Christoforos Loutzakis - CTO & Co-Founder, Owiwi, GR

19:30 – 22:00

Conference Dinner – Restaurant Candela

Friday 24 November 2017

07:30 - 08:30

Sport Session - Pilates

09:00 – 10:15

Recruiters Panel in the Digital Age

  • Moderated by Amber Wigmore Alvarez, Executive Director of Career Services, IE Business School, ES

10:15 – 12:15

Sharing Best Practice: Career Affair – Career Portfolio in Digital Practice + Coffee Break

12:15 – 13:15

Closing Keynote: Teaming… digitally. Collaborating, curating and connecting.
Workplaces today and workplaces of the future demand a new model for teams and how we work with them and in them. They are more fluid, adaptive and on-the-go. So they can be indeed more frustrating and rewarding. They are also more diverse. And they need to be more inclusive. What skills are needed for leaders and team members to thrive in such teams? During this hour together, we will dig in deeper. How can teams connect, curate and collaborate even better digitally?

  • Christina Hogan, Behavioural Scientist and CEO at Lorensbergs, SE

13:15 – 13:30

Closing Remarks

13:30 – 14:30


14:30 – 18:00

Tour on the St.Gallen local mountain Säntis with a stop in a typical Swiss cheesery! (Trip sponsored by University of St.Gallen, excl. additional drinks and food)

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