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Budapest Journal 2010 Spring/Summer

The Spirit of CEMS O Offffiicciiaall JJoouurrnnaall ooff C CEEM MSS C Clluubb B Buuddaappeesstt


Contributors: Kornélia Bodnár Réka Domonkos Anna Mészáros Renáta Ondok Orsolya Rétallér Zsófia Szanyi

Editors: Kinga Jentetics István Mag Dávid Széles

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Greetings from the Editor Dear Cemsies,

We are very happy and proud that you are reading the Spring edition of CEMS Budapest Journal in 2010. On the one hand, I recommend this edition to our fellow students. Guys, we have summarized the most memorable events of this Semester, which we think are worth recalling. If not now, maybe some years later. On the other hand, this issue is for the future Cemsies as well, who are just considering the application for the program. We tried to introduce the colourful life of CEMS to them to make their decision easier. I would like to say thank you to all our authors and contributors who made it possible to publish this issue! After putting it together for you, Dear Readers, it only remains for us to say that we hope you enjoy reading this edition!

Istvรกn Mag


Contents

1 3 6 8

Greetings from the Editor

Working at

Student Alumni Mentorship Program CEMS Events:

8 Winter Camp 10 Presentation Skills Seminar 13 CEMS Conference on Social Entrepreneurship 16 A Skill Seminar to Remember 19 Humanitarian Week – Poker for Africa 22 CEMS Summer Festival 2010

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Newcomers’ High Expectations

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Message from far… Greetings from Dublin

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Working at KPMG by István Mag

This semester, we talked with Márta Berzsenyi, HR Manager of KPMG, global Big Four audit firm, CEMS corporate

partner.

During

our

conversation a lot of interesting topics came to the surface. On the which aims to find the most talented trainees

next pages you can find the extract

and assistants, the other is to search and select

of the interview. I am sure it is worth

the experienced workers.

reading it over.

Besides,

my

responsibilities

the

of

the

and

the

coordination

and

CBJ: First of all, would you please tell us some

performance

evaluation

words

coordination of the perks & benefits system.

about

yourself?

Where

did

you

development

are

system

graduate? How long have you been working at

The Global Opportunities Program operates

KPMG in Hungary; what are your main

among the KPMG member firms all over the

responsibilities?

world

Márti: I graduated at Szent István University in

(http://www.kpmg.com/Global/en/JoinUs/Care

Gödöllő in 1996, specialized in employment

erNews/GlobalCareers/PublishingImages/Caree

counselling. It is a special, practice-oriented

rsMagazineJune10/aboutus/go-program.html).

course with an obligatory work experience

At the Hungarian office I carry out the

abroad.

coordination

tasks

of

the

international

assignment program, and the documentation in My first job was at Dreher Sörgyárak Zrt., where

connection with foreign guest associates.

I spent three years. I joined KPMG in 2001. Three years later I was appointed HR Manager.

In autumn 2008 I was given an interesting and challenging task, which is the management of

The scope of my responsibilities is ramifying; it is a kind of a generalist job, with the main focus on search & selection, which can be divided into two parts. One is the graduate campaign,

the company’s CR strategy.


CBJ: Would you please explain how the

Certainly, the adequate foreign language skills, -

graduate campaign works?

English above intermediate, German is an

Márti: We have been conducting the graduate campaign in autumn for years, of which main goal is to find and employ trainees in great numbers, 30-40, for the hard season, which is January, February and March. We admit trainees to the division of audit and tax advisory as well as business and IT advisory. This 3month-long period is a great opportunity for the trainees to get to know our company and the job, they have chosen, or simply to get

advantage- and the basic computer skills are needed in the everyday work. CBJ: Why do you like working for KPMG? Márti: As I have mentioned before, I have been working at KPMG for 9 years, so I had enough time to get to know the company. What I like in KPMG very much is that, however, KPMG is an international network, it’s not a conventional multinational organisation.

reinforcement whether they go in the right

In all countries, it is working as a separate legal

direction in their career.

entity, and its multi-domestic strategy makes it

Moreover, it is a great chance for us as well to get a feedback on the performance of our

possible to react appropriately to the local needs and to adjust its portfolio to them.

future colleagues in a real working atmosphere,

When we carry out a project, we do not have

since the ratio of the admitted colleagues is

the given, regulated solutions, we have to solve

high- 95%- after the expiration of the trainee

the problem on our own by using our creativity

period.

and team working.

The assistant campaign starts in spring, during

Besides, naturally we are part of a multinational

this period we visit several universities and

company with a strong brand behind us. We

colleges to get in touch with students.

have a lot of foreign colleagues, thus our

CBJ: Would you please describe the ideal candidate for KPMG?

English is continuously developing. In every branch and division, work teams are formed among the local offices to encourage the

Márti: All in all, I could say, besides professional

knowledge and best practice sharing, these

orientation and motivation, during the ACs and

teams

interviews, we

speeches through the phone or via Internet.

intend to explore those

competencies, which are essentials to the successful

future

development

and

performance, in accordance with KPMG’s values. Important competencies are client orientation, good written and spoken communication skills and proactivity.

occasionally

Moreover, I

organise

conference

can say that the

working

atmosphere is pretty motivating and lively at KPMG. One reason for that is we have a lot of young colleagues and the communication and cooperation between generations are easy. What is more, I face new challenges day by day from which I learn a lot, I really feel that “my

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brain is working” and the expectations are high

long run as well as to the quick personal

as well.

development.

CBJ: Referring back to knowledge sharing,

Nevertheless, we consciously support our

does it happen sometimes that for example

colleagues to find their work/life balance.

Hungarian KPMG colleagues help to provide solution in a foreign project by moving to the given country for the time of the project?

forms,

being

applied

considering

the

specifications of the given field of business. For

Márti: Yes, of course, there are such kinds of

instance the opportunity of flexible working

projects.

time, part-time job, and teleworking are offered

I would underscore that our energy and utility

at KPMG.

advisory group works as a global centre of

CBJ: What kind of other tools do you use to

excellence.

help the colleagues find the balance?

In present, the Hungarian and South-African

Márti: On the one hand, we ensure the

office joined forces to lead a project and among

opportunity to do several sports, such as

the frames of the cooperation, one of our

basketball, football and volleyball all the year

colleagues moved to the South-African Republic

round.

and we have a South-African colleague here in Hungary.

On the other hand, we organise sport and health-care day every year. During these days,

The question, in which factors KPMG differs

the colleagues can take part in preventive

from the competitors, is asked several times by

screening test and compete in different team

students.

games.

My general answer is that the industrial

Certainly, we attach importance to the offsite

specialization is strong at KPMG, of which

activities as well, we organise parties, too.

standard has an international reputation; it allows that our colleagues are able to acquire an internationally outstanding work experience. CBJ: What about the work/life balance?

CBJ: What do you like to do in your free time? Márti: In present days, my hobby is my little son, who is 3 years old. That is why I am constantly paying attention to the work/life

Márti: It is an interesting question and a little

balance, so that we could spend more and

bit controversial in itself.

more time together.

When people join us,- if they start as trainees,

I like running, I like mountains and we make a

they experience during the three-month-long

lot of trips. Nowadays I have less time for going

period, if they start as assistants they are told

to the theatre and reading, but actually, I do

on company presentations and open days- that

not mind because spending time with my boy is

high performance and hard work are necessary

the greatest happiness.

to acquire the work experience needed in the

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We introduced a lot of atypical employment


Student Alumni Mentorship Program When you need a hand... by Kinga Jentetics CEMS has a diverse Alumni Program. Members Do you feel that sometimes you need a hand to be successful in your life? When you are a starter, you are always looking for some mentors, just like in our first year who helped us how to get along

set their heart on making this program alive and successful: they organized a lot of events for CEMSies to give an insight into some corporate partners’ everyday life or just to give some excellent advice how to utilize our skills and possibilities.

in the university life. CEMS is a

The

great community which provides

Program) was organized with the objective to

you a lot of opportunities to get

build your career prospects and get a clearer

well prepared for the real life and

look into your specialization. Four different

not to lose your mind...

groups offered you the field of your special

SAMP

(Student

Alumni

Mentorship

interest – Advisory, Finance and Banking, Strategy, Marketing/Sales/Commerce. Every group had its own leader(s) from the professional area to learn from an authentic source. You can see in the box below who were the SAMP mentors in 2010.

SAMP mentors in 2010: Balázs Horváth - The Boston Consulting Group Éva Kispál - Magyar Telekom Bence Gábor - Ford Hungária Zsófia Andai - Procter & Gamble Edit Réti - Procter & Gamble Júlia Stark - McKinsey & Company 7


These SAMP meetings are not developed to get

marketing

was

supported

by

the

exact industrial knowledge or data – it is about

Marketing/Sales/Commercial group with the

to improve your skills and learn some new

managers from Procter & Gamble (Zsófia

tactics which can help you for instance at a job

Andai, Edit Réti). We could choose what fields

interview. Of course, building relationships with

are in our focus or what topics were neglected

leaders from your specialization is always an

at the university. In addition, they helped us to improve our interview skills knowing what are expected at a personal interview. Furthermore, we could solve a case study related to P&G as well during these meetings.

... everything organised by SAMP is ABOUT and FOR you. If you have exact ideas or thoughts what you would like to get from these meetings, you just have to ask.

To sum up, if you are one of the new or older CEMSies, or you are just thinking about becoming a CEMSie, do not forget about this excellent

possibility

to

professional and personal skills.

outstanding result – these informal meetings can give you this advantage as well. What is important to mention that no one controls you how your meetings were going or what things you learnt. You cannot forget: everything organised by SAMP is ABOUT and FOR you. If you have exact ideas or thoughts on what you would like to get from these meetings, you just have to ask. Personally, my experiences from SAMP meeting are

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remarkable.

My

special

interest

in

develop

your


Winter Camp, Eger, 5-7 March 2010 by Istvรกn Mag

As a newcomer my first experience about CEMS life was the winter camp, and honestly, it was determining. It was the first time to meet elder CEMSies and alumni, so, it was a great chance to get to know how things are going here. During the three days I had plenty of conversations with elder, experienced CEMSies, who shared a lot of interesting information and facts with me and because of the company presentations held by P&G, Exxon Mobil and Budapest Bank, I caught sight of professional advantages of the program; however, it was of secondary importance. The main goal of this three-day camp was to make the community tighter and to make the adaptation of newcomers easier. I suppose this mission was accomplished thanks to the cheerful sightseeing competition around Eger, the fascinating wine tasting and last but not least, the parties we had, especially the karaoke night. All in all, I am convinced we had a great time in spite of the numbing cold. Now let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Presentation Skills Seminar by Dávid Széles mentor

was

Mr.

Viktor

presentation.

Before

you

Schmidt whose interest in

read the description of the

Holding Presentations.

presentational skills served as

categories

Everyone is familiar

a

he

Viktor’s presentation take a

with the experience. If I

completed a course solely on

small break and just think

a s k ed

question

his merit of holding 45

about your strengths and

acquiring

minute presentations each

weaknesses concerning your

week

ability

the

whether presentation

skills

great

help

during

when

his

CEMS

along our university

exchange

semester

years was a key to our

Warsaw.

Having

future

introduced

to

structure,

by

to

in

perform or to design. First

also

and foremost we all have to

in

completed two semesters at

possess a clear and unbiased

today’s business life

the University of Southern

idea about ourselves. After

most probably I would

California Viktor conveyed

that each of us can decide

get a positive answer.

the essence of his experience

what kind of skills are in need

In the following pages

on mastering presentation

of improvement.

of the CEMS Journal

skills in an 8 hour slide show.

you will be introduced

His ideas centered around

to the main topics of

how

the Presentation Skills

presentation in a way that

Seminar. I hope that

gives the audience a lasting

you will find some easy

impression.

to master practicalities

seminar into three parts we

worth thinking about.

were introduced to the three

success

core

to

structure

one’s

Dividing

attributes

of

the

a

presenter. In the following you will find some of Viktor’s Given

that

perfecting

presentation techniques is of major interest for people involved

in

the

business

world, it was of no surprise that

the

seminar

was

duplicated in two one day sessions in order to host the numerous

applicants.

Our

advices on these three core attributes.

The

Writer

part

of

a

presenter is responsible for creating the structure of the presentation. In other words these are the skills one uses to mould the content of one’s thoughts in a way that the audience

will

appreciate.

Viktor pointed out

that

when

No matter whether you are a born Writer, an Actor or a Designer you will need to perfect your skills in these categories in order to make a lasting impression with your

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structuring

a

presentation

remember a movie scene you

have a deeper influence on

one should always start by

really like. Why have you

55% of us. Keeping eye

stating one’s point and at the

chosen that specific part?

contact is clearly one of the

same

the

Mostly because during that

focus

audience’s motivation. Using

scene you were glued to your

presenters.

the W.I.I.F.M. method, see

seat, not daring to blink

looking at one’s slides one

box to the left for details, will

fearing that you would miss

should try to determine the

enable

a

out on something important.

others’ eye colour by holding

presentation that is worth

So what’s the secret, why

eye contact for a few seconds

the audience’s time.

have you paid such close

with every person in the

attention to the details of

room. However, if you are

that scene? Most probably

not a born Actor than it is a

because

good idea to watch videos of

time

assessing

you to create

Presentation Tool Kit

you

were

points

of

good

Rather

than

W.I.I.F.M.: What’s In It

emotionally hooked and you

presenters

For Me. Keep in mind your

were expecting a twist in the

Obama, President Reagan,

story.

S.U.C.C.E.S.

Steve Jobs or anyone for that

criteria, see box to the left,

matter who is a crowd-

audience’s before

motivation starting

to

The

like

provides a comprehensive yet

winner

your

easy to use idea on how to

presentations.

good

build up the momentum of

presenter does not want

your presentation and create

to talk about himself and

a structure that will have the

structure presentation.

A

his ideas; he puts the audience first by striving to talk to them.

Concrete,

Simple, Credible, Emotional,

Story. These are the main points to reflect on if you want to create a lasting impression

along. Having said this, it is important to highlight that it is not possible to win every

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.: Unexpected,

audience listening to you all

on

your

audience

person in a room with your story, so do not be put down if someone in the back row is busy downloading files to his laptop.

his

Unlike the Writer part the Actor

part

presentation

of can

one’s be

improved in the short term. Viktor’s experience is that altering your tone of speech for a month by practicing presentations will give you a more confident feeling when presenting before a larger audience. Funny as it may sound but you can also bolster your actor ways when

attention and has no problem

you are telling stories to

with involving the audience.

friends.

As Viktor said, studies show presentation only makes a

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with

A born Actor is the centre of

that while the content of the But how can you be sure that

lasting impression on 17 out

the way you structure your

of 100 people, visualities

ideas will really stick? Try to

President

The Designer part of us, the last of Viktor’s core presenter attributes, is responsible for creating the layout, choosing the

typography

and

the


colour of the slides. When

themselves,

perceive

If you liked the article then do

thinking

about

to

public exchange of ideas from

not forget to take a glimpse

visualize

your

you

a different point of view.

at Viktor Schimdt’s personal

the

Their basic social skills as well

website,

following: keep your design

as

emotional

www.viktorpresentation.com

simpler

initial

intelligence serve as a better

, which offers even more

thoughts but do not end up

starting point for holding

advices on how to be a better

with a no-frills version. Easy

presentations.

presenter!

should

how ideas

consider than

your

to say you might think. Not at all difficult if you use the same starting pattern for each slide (e.g. 3x3 matrix with a little margin until the brim).

Typography

takes

some time and experience to master but it all comes down to choosing the write style to highlight those ideas which you think are important. Differentiating between the serif and sans serif type of letters is one way to highlight your thoughts on the slides.

they

their

Maybe that is why those teams finish in a better position at case studies who manage

to

involve

their

A good presenter … 

audience even though they

keep

solutions? No one can tell for be aware of your areas of

hooked,

improvement

matter

proactively

and to

act create

those specific areas.

one,

the

more

international the better, to see how the experts use letters

to

make

the

difference. Having spent some time in the US Viktor also told me that American students are much more active when it comes

to

what

presentation is 

has a so called inspirational potential

that

will have you

time to typography so if you

borrow

no

the topic of his

situations in which you can motivate yourself to practice

the

audience

sure, however, it is advised to

magazines, devote a lot of

your next slide then just

charismatic,

has a power to

might not have the best

Magazines, mostly fashion

are at odds with designing

is

thinking about

Books

his words and

If you became interested in finding out more on how to improve your presentation abilities then the following books are definitely for you!

WRITER: MADE TO STICK ACTOR: EXCEPTIONAL PRESENTER DESIGNER: PRESENTATION ZEN

wonder

how

you

can

implement

his

advices in your own life 

presents for the audience

not

for himself

expressing

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CEMS Conference on Social Entrepreneurship The Business of Non-Business A Dive into the World of Non-Profit by Dávid Széles

Conferences by description are social gatherings where wellestablished pundits hold presentations to the interested audience. Maybe not a thesaurus approach to conferences but certainly true for the CEMS Club Budapest Conference on Social Entrepreneurship hosted 4th May, at Budapest Corvinus University.

In 2010 CEMS Club Budapest

“It is not uncommon that

wanted

corporations

to

organize

a

use

their

conference on a topic that is

charitable

rarely featured in our books

improve their competitive

from which we study at the

context, that is the quality

universities.

of

of the business environment

start

in the location where they

thought

This

led

us

brainstorming

way to

about

a

efforts

to

operate”.

structure for a number of presentations related to social entrepreneurship. Our aim

Although western parts of

was to shed some light on the

Europe are teeming with such

field

entrepreneurship

where

activities

non-business

meet

business

Hungary

cannot boast about having a

activities. As a result, we

wide

started to look for companies

entrepreneurs. However, we

which have a mission of

still

satisfying existing social needs

presenters on varying topics

by their services and putting

from the non-business issues

their

of business. As you will see

profit

generation

capability second on the list. As Michael Porter notes in the 2002 December issue of the Harvard Business Review:

net compiled

of a

social list

of

our guests came from such diverse institutions

companies as

and IFUA

Horvath&Partners Non-Profit Kft, Hotel Panda, the Követ Association and last but not

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least we had two guest

the proper definition of the

hotel managed to create an

speakers

SAIP

benefiteds’ problems. As it

atmosphere

Institute of the University of

turns out most organizations

mentally

St Thomas.

do not really know whether

challenged men and women

from

the

they

where and

both

physically

need

can go around doing jobs like

improvement

being a chef or a receptionist.

or not. This

He stressed the point that his

makes

the

employees are perfectly apt

first phase of

at the job they do. Most of

consultants’

Hotel Panda employees speak

work,

goal

two languages or more, which

setting

in itself is more than the

tremendously

average

Hungarian

worker

IFUA

difficult and has a strong

can claim. The hotel’s high

Horvath&Partners Non-Profit

influence on how IFUA Non

level

Kft. Mr. Csaba Bakó spoke

Profit starts to analyze the

demonstrated by the perfect

about the business model, the

problems of the benefited

feedback from the guests

projects and the know-how of

organizations.

over

On

behalf

of

a company whose mission is to help overcome Hungary’s most pressing social problems by

developing

non-profit

organisations for free. The company’s business model relies on the financial support of companies and individuals that allocate resources for the successful completion of the project, the low-cost nonprofit

specialized

services

offered by IFUA Non-Profit and finally the needs of the

Having a strong bond with one of the biggest Hungarian consulting companies enables Mr.

Bakó

command

of

service

the

years.

is

also

Amongst

others Hotel Panda won the BCG award for outstanding social entrepreneurship.

to a

comprehensive know-how pool on organizational development. It was interesting to see how this accrued business know-how can be of

Tóth Gergely’s presentation

use in projects like promoting

on the sustainable growth of

Mr. Bakó mentioned that the

full-time,

today’s

problem is usually not with

voluntary services or public

breath of fresh air, while at

getting the financial backing

education.

the same time stirring some

benefited.

for the projects. The main reason why a project cannot be successfully finished lies in

cross-cultural,

Owner and founder of Hotel Panda, Mr. Béla Kocsy held a moving presentation how his

economy

controversy

was

among

a

the

members of the audience. The

founder

of

Követ

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the abbreviation of Self-

responsible entrepreneurship.

Assessment

Our guest speakers raised

&

Improvement Process, is a

stressed

the

responsibility of using the

systematic self-appraisal

comprehensive know-how of

that

the consulting companies for

helps

executives

the

growing

the

benefit

of

social

that

expectation that firms will

organizations. Another point

companies need not only a

conduct their affairs in an

is that employing physically or

helping hand but also an inner

ethically responsible manner.

mentally

control to keep our economy

The success of SAIP can be

workforce should not be an

sustainable. Obsession with

put down to consumer driven

uncommon

possession was one of the

markets where consumers do

since

keywords of his presentation.

think that larger corporations

experience

shows

Limiting

of

carry more responsibility with

motivated

and

imported goods that could be

their activities. The process

themselves

in

produced on home soil was

also has a quantitative side

atmosphere these people will

just one of his points related

that is based on the Baldrige

constitute

to cutting back costs spent on

method to transform a set of

employees.

logistics. He said that he

ethical

obsession to possess and

would

structured

the

have

number

his

students

principles

into

inventory

a of

challenged phenomenon,

Hotel

finding

Panda’s that finding a

good

wonderful Curbing

the

the

ecologically

collect foreign products that

questions in connections with

optimal way to manage an

are totally unnecessary items

the most problematic areas

economy

on the Hungarian market.

(you

quantitative

Take grape imported from

information on the structure

ensure that company policies

New Zealand for example. Is it

of

are ethical also formed a part

really worthwhile to consume

www.stthomas.edu).

goods

with

a

can

find SAIP

more at

while

using

methods

to

of the conference. As an

whopping

organiser

of

the

ecological footprint that we

event I sincerely hope

could otherwise buy on the

that

local market?

and our dear readers

on the importance of

the SAIP Institute focused on processes

that

they

are

socially

which

companies can use to ensure integrating

ethical principles into their operations. SAIP, coming from

audience

thoughts with them

and Arnie Weimerskirch from the

our

will take home a few

Finally, Mr Thomas Maines

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about

comprehensive,

address Association

questions

responsible

entrepreneurship. We were happy to have presenters

from

various

academic and business fields promoting

socially


A Skill Seminar to remember = Siem en s Mana gem ent C o ns ulting + C EMS C lub Vienna by Réka Domonkos

„Varietas delectat”

This event lasted two days on

competition

with

27th/28th of May 2010 and

consultant

firms

other so

was a perfect program to

competitive

Professionally

boost up the exam period.

suggestions are ensured that

organised – as they

Two of us participated from

way.

are German with the

Corvinus

center in Munich

Budapest and about 20 others

Personal experiences

mainly studying in Vienna

of the consultants – as

University of Economics and

they wanted us to be

Business.

aware

what

were from e.g. Poland, Czech

by

Republic, Bulgaria, Germany,

consultancy Siemens means Facing

University

People

solution

of

originally

Israel and also from Austria.

The program was built up very well. At first we were led through the Siemens Mobility Plant in Simmering, Vienna.

an Management

The big parts of numerous

study with lots of

Consulting (SMC) is an in-

public transportation vehicles

missing information –

house consulting service of

are manufactured here like

as that is what they

Siemens

trams or trains. We could see

unstructured

case

Siemens

AG.

It

is

in

do CEMS students with different nationalities – as the community is the great advantage of CEMS

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how they are glued, painted

out the widely used American

huge work load – it is true.

and made up of the bottom

personality test, the MBTI

However, work/life balance is

part, the middle part and of

(extrovert

manageable.

the roof. Above the fact that

thinking or feeling etc.) with

it was really interesting to see

the aim to help us understand

the manufacturing of those

our own and the others’

vehicles which we travelled

behaviour in teams.

an hour ago on, it turned out to me later why it definitely had to

be

part

of

the

program. The products of Siemens

and

orientation

technology

are

strongly

related to SMC. SMC is not

Until

-

then

or

introvert,

the second day. After playing

we

had

an

about the others, and spent a time with ourselves

deeper inside. But what is SMC?

short night we were ready for the second day. It was held in the Vienna University of Economics and Business and began with a soft skill seminar about giving

the destination of a career

It was explained through the

the right feedback and the

but a stop towards a Siemens

presentation

way

management position.

consultants in the elegant

interview. We learned that a

Steigenberger Hotel. SMC has

good feedback consists of

about

consultants

three parts: observation, the

worldwide with locations in

effect (what the behaviour

Munich, New York, Beijing,

causes) and the suggestion. I

and Mumbai. They also offer

liked the way they made us

internships after a thorough

understand this. After a little

selection process.

theory the two consultants

After our first spontaneous introductions to each other among

the

manufactured

vehicles we had the chance soon to see our group as a whole in the near meeting room with the HR assistant.

of

150

two

Find a partner and introduce

Later during the dinner we

him/her to the others! It is

surrounded

simple but works very well as

consultants

a game. We were also asked

assistant who sat at three

to express our expectations

different tables. This was the

about the weekend. We filled

time for asking all the work

the and

two the

HR

related questions and

also

of

conducting

an

made a role play. The ”boss” railed at the “employee” in an arrogant way. We were asked to share our observations what was not right compared to an ideal situation. In the second part we were

the

taught about the correct way

personal

of asking questions in an

things e.g. trying

interview. It is simply a talking

to find out if a

of course between two or

consultant has a

more people, nothing special,

private life… In

but

exchange

for

suggestions worth following.

variety there is

Both content related - as clear

more

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tables to have enough rest for kicker in the hostel and a

impression about Siemens, little

At about 11 pm we left our

there

are

some


goals,

priorities

-

and

landing with an airplane to

clearly defined bunch of facts

- like

time

the conference in the city

but in a situation being full of

frame - issues are important.

where we got the basic

uncertainty by asking the

Do

the

instructions. First package of

right questions.

interview, make an opening

diagrams, tables, numbers…

with time frame, reasons and

E-mail

goals as a dialogue, leave

characteristics

room for your interviewee!

interview

Make a summary of the

specialists for different fields

results!

“Why?”

like lighting or finances… The

questions as e.g. if they say:

first 10 minutes interview in

“we could not do it”. A simple

pairs on the phone in a

“Why?” will be followed by

separate

defensive reactions. For open

questions – everything is so

questions you will get open

complex, not too much idea

All of us tried to do our best

answers which are not that

what the focus should be, if

to present our solutions. We

useful. Try to use more

we should follow what the

got praise and critics and they

precise

organisational not

jump

into

Avoid

about of

partners

room,

the the

4 Avoid “Why?” questions as e.g. if they say: “we could not do it”. A simple “Why?” question will be followed by defensive reactions

being

asking

questions

and

specialist suggests or not… 10

also showed us the solution of

explain

your

minutes are over, reporting to

the real Siemens consultants.

background – why you’re

the other half of our team, as

It was a great fun but also a

asking it. Your agenda needs

they might need our newly

real brain-training.

to be relatively flexible, all of

received information to go

you should have a feeling that

into details with the financial

it all will lead to somewhere.

specialist.

sometimes

It all was a preparation for the case, an unstructured but very well prepared task to find the way to reduce the greenhouse gas emission of

There

were

altogether four interviews for each consultant groups, we always got some additional information on papers if we asked for them. Only then.

After saying good-bye and thank you it was good to know that these CEMSies would be familiar next time in the next challenging CEMS event. Travelling home after visiting the Stephan’s Dom I felt

such

a

pleasant

an imagined city with 60 %.

Fast thinking… Uncertainty…

exhaustion. This weekend was

The mayor intended to win

Team members with different

definitely worth. I do not

the elections coming soon

amount of experience and

need to think what I did at the

and asked more consultancy

different

mentality…

last weekend of May. And all

companies – represented by

Interviewees playing a helpful

this for absolutely free of

us divided into 4-5 members

or a rejective role… Real-life

charge.

groups

simulation representing the

-

for

solution

suggestions.

work of a consultant: building

The show went on… Perfect simulation

of

flying

and

up

a

logical,

competitive

solution not based on a

I really recommend you to show up at such events as these might be the spice of your colourful

CEMS life.

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Humanitarian week - Poker for Africa MAKE A DIFFERENCE! by István Mag As probably everybody who

is

reading this article knows CEMS is not only a professional

but

a

social community as well; we are aware that we are part of the

world

and

together we can do something for it. We want

to

make

a

difference. One of the ways to make difference is the School for Africa project which is carried out in cooperation with UNICEF and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. During the Humanitarian week CEMS Clubs organized events to raise funds to finance the project and to spread awareness. For example, the CEMS Club Budapest arranged a pro-bono poker championship (see pictures below). Nevertheless, the poker competition was not the most interesting and exciting part of the evening. We had a guest speaker, Marta Milkowska (coming from Poland and having spent her CEMS abroad term in Budapest), who took part in a project, and actually led it (it is a long story how she got involved), which was similar to the ongoing CEMS project. Namely, Marta and company built up a boarding school for the Masaai people living in Maji Moto, next to the boarder of Kenya and Tanzania. In the followings you can read the story of Marta’s €100,000 project briefly.

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A boarding school was of the utmost need in Maji Moto because if only public school exists, the girls go home, get circumcised and never go back to learn since according to the Kenyan law it is prohibited for circumcised girls to go to school. Thus it was of major importance to keep them at school and to let them acquire knowledge because Masaai men live in polygamy, but girls can never get married for the second time which means that if a girl gets married to an old man and the man dies some years later, the girl will be left alone uneducated with a little child or children and at the mercy of other Masaai men. You can easily imagine how devastating the situation is for them. But in case if they receive education they can do something with themselves and make ends meet (you may find additional information about the Masaai village and culture on the next page).

Facts & Info

Besides the construction of a school building, the project aimed to trigger some kind of cultural change: a progress towards the acceptance of

In Sub-Saharan Africa alone, 45

gender equality and hygiene consciousness. But

million children do not have the

at the same time the preservation of Masaai

opportunity to receive basic

traditions was also important. Among others it

education.

means that they did not let the tourism be industrialized, calling the project sustainable ecodevelopment.

CEMS’s goal is to raise €65,000 by the CEMS annual event 2010 held in Rotterdam.

Due to the successful cooperation between Masaai people and Polish students, after six months the school was built up and cultural change was set up. Now the Masaai people are running the school on their own and making it better and better.

We have already collected €45,365.21 with the lead of CEMS Club Rotterdam. www.schoolsforafrica.com/home.htm http://www.cems.org/humanprojects /schools/index.php?m=2&sm=4 Maji Moto’s website: http://www.majimoto.org/ Marta’s website: http://milkowska.pl/ Contact: marta.milkowska@gmail.com Donation Bank Account: 06 1090 1636 0000 0001 0122 2762

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Hearing Marta’s impressive presentation the following words came to my mind: Passion Sacrifice Challenge Leadership Cultural tolerance Philanthropy. Isn’t it wonderful to have it all? Marta keeps an eye on the Masaai village in the future, too. What is more, she organizes a donation to a little girl, called Negiti, a daughter of a widow. Marta wants to provide a financial support to her education that is why she gave me a bank account number and an email address, which you can find on the previous page. Intending to help or being interested, please feel free to contact her on the given addresses. Finally, let me share Nelson Mandela’s Message of Hope with you:

“The generosity of the human

spirit

can

overcome all adversity. Through compassion and caring we can create hope”. (this very same message can be heard from the mouth of Nelson Mandela himself on the track of Siphiwo Ntshebe, which is an official music of the FIFA World Cup 2010).

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The main characteristics of the Masaai village and culture:  People living in mud houses without utilities  Wild animals in the surrounding areas  No hygiene  Serious gender inequality  Circumcision  Polygamy Most of the men speak English and Swahili language as well, but most of the women only speak the Masaai language


CEMS Summer Festival 2010 by Anna Mészáros and Kornélia Bodnár

CEMS Club Budapest is happy to announce the

Besides

Sziget

various

other

exciting

CEMS Summer Festival 2010, which will take

programmes will be offered. Participants can get

place in Budapest between 12th and 15th of

acquainted with the Hungarian cuisine, wine and

August 2010. The Festival is organized for the

Pálinka culture; they can discover the beautiful

fourth year in a row with the aim of creating an

city of Budapest with its historical baths and

international get-together for CEMSies and

buildings and have a boat trip on the River

introducing Hungary and Budapest to the

Danube.

incoming students with several interesting and country specific programmes.

CEMS Club Budapest recommends this event for all CEMS Students and Alumni around the world.

As each year, the Sziget Festival will serve as a background of the event. Sziget is one of the

Especially for graduating students who can

largest music and cultural festivals in Europe

benefit from this fun event and meet again their

with around 400 000 participants. It boasts more

old CEMS buddies, and the newly joined

than 1000 world class performances each year

CEMSies who can begin their socialization before

such as Iron Maiden, R.E.M., Jamiroquai, Alanis

the blocked seminars.

Morissette, The Killers, Lily Allen, The Prodigy, Placebo, Faith No More.

Still hesitating?

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CEMS Summer Festival offers you: A great opportunity to meet up! Friends from exchange, from blocked seminars, Forums and new coming students who will start their CEMS experience in September, we can all meet and enjoy the summer together! Various and unforgettable programs! Take a cultural and historical tour in Budapest, the Hungarian capital and its surroundings with Pálinka and wine tasting and traditional cuisine experience. Enjoy world class concerts at Sziget Festival ranked among the Top10 European major festivals. Fun, fun, and fun! Want to get a taste of Hungary? Want to start your CEMS experience with an international summer event? Get “infected” by the “CEMSie” feeling early enough! Come and live the CEMS experience at the CEMS Summer Festival 2010!

For further information, you can check our webpage: hungary.cemsclub.org 12-15 August, save the date in your calendar! We hope to meet you there!

CEMS Club Budapest Anna Mészáros Kornélia Bodnár cemssummerfestival@gmail.com

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Newcomers’ High Expectations Zsófia Szanyi, RSM Fall Semester During my BA studies I have already taken part in a foreign language program,

Deutschsprachiger

Studiengang

in

Betriebswirtschaftslehre, at Corvinus. I hope that like in that program the participants will forge close friendships and create a microcosmos of its own in the melting pot of our university. I am looking forward to the new experience which I will gain at Rotterdam. I would like to broaden my knowledge not only in my present field of marketing studies but also in areas which I feel I need to improve in. Like in every foreign trip I would like to learn, see, and experience as much as possible. Last but not least, I expect that with my CEMS knowledge I will have a competitive advantage over my peers.

Renáta Ondok, RSM Fall Semester I will spend my Fall semester in the Netherlands at Rotterdam School of Management. This period will definitely be a challenge for me both professionally and personally. I have already spent some time working abroad for several months, so adapting to a new country, new people and habits will hopefully not be a problem. However, I expect this experience to be a bit different – studying, taking part in lessons and exams require harder work and the ability to think in English for a longer time. RSM is one of the hardest schools even among the selected CEMS universities, so former students alerted me to be ready for big workload as this is not the school for having rest during the semester. This is exactly the reason why I chose RSM: I wish to experience how high the level of education is in the western countries and also to extend my limits while developing significantly in finance and management, the well-known specialities of RSM.

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The country itself also really attracts me. I have never been to the Netherlands before but I am fond of flowers and the countryside and on the other hand I am looking forward to getting to know a maritime nation with such an interesting history, so it seems a perfect target country from cultural point of view, too. In addition, Rotterdam is one of the biggest harbours in the world and also a university city where bicycle is a must, thus there is a big change after Budapest which I wish to explore! Altogether I expect this semester to be very hard but adventurous, hopefully with active social life and a lot of excursions in a nice community.

Kinga Jentetics, HSG Spring Semester

To be a member of CEMS was one of my goals when I entered the institute of Corvinus University of Budapest. Is it familiar to you always being maximalist and wanting to achieve more and more, thinking about an international level? Well, if you have this kind of characteristics, you’ll surely enjoy the life of CEMS. On the other hand, HSG and Switzerland was an old dream for me as well, not just because of the top-ranking of this university (CEMS universities are always above the mean ď Š), but because of getting to know the Swiss culture and people, how they are thinking, moreover, learning SwitzerdĂźtsch, and last but not least making international friendships. Of course, the professional possibilities due to CEMS are very attractive for me, but no one should forget that CEMS-MIM is a community where you can make new friends all around the world and you can experience the cultural differences and similarities in front of your eyes. So I am looking forward to meeting you guys somewhere in the world!

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Dávid Széles, SSE Fall Semester I am looking forward to my CEMS studies as a real challenge. Having always been open for new opportunities I hope I will gain valuable experience both from a personal as well as from a professional point of view. I think that testing one’s skills on an international playground is altogether different to performing well in tasks at our original university, in well-known circumstances. Learning to adapt to new situations, forging new friendships, learning from my fellow students’ different perception of business life and finally finding out whether my knowledge is up to an international level are my points that I would like to highlight as my expectations.

István Mag, HSG Fall Semester

The reasons why I chose to spend my abroad term in St. Gallen, Switzerland were the possibility to improve my German and the top-ranked university where I will have the chance to attend the courses which are of my greatest interest. I find this semester a great opportunity to put my capabilities to the test and also to get to learn a lot new things. Besides, I would be happy to make friends with a lot of international students. That is why I expect a highstandard education and several exciting social programs. One thing is for sure, if the CEMS community in St. Gallen is as good as it is in Hungary I will have a great time there!

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Message from far ... Greetings from Dublin by Orsi Rétallér

I spent the Spring semester of 2009/2010 academic year at the University College of Dublin (UCD). Although my memories remain unforgettable, I find it quite hard to express them in words. Nonetheless I will try to sum up my story in Ireland.

don’t be fooled even when

where they will try to resolve

you know where to look for

delays as early as possible.

cheaper

apartments,

the

application itself is not a

Life in Dublin

straightforward process. An advice for anyone going to UCD; do not spend time replying

to

ads

on

the

internet, www.daft.ie. Giving landlords a call, preferably through Skype service, is the only way to make sure that

The journey to Dublin and before

one will have an apartment. I do want to stress the use of Skype

one’s

Dublin is an expensive city

Before parting to Dublin I had

communication will cost a lot

whether we are talking about

plenty of things to take care

of money. After countless

the price of food, renting an

of. Namely, I had to finish all

hours of searching for an

apartment or using mass

my exams before the third

apartment

transportation.

in

end

week of January since Spring

Transportation is especially

semester starts awkwardly

apartment where I was also

pricey that is why I suggest

early at UCD. Moreover, I had

babysitter. Having had only

anyone studying here to find

to find myself lodging in

three subjects at UCD I had

an apartment as close to the

Dublin, something that is

plenty

campus as possible. By the

almost impossible if you are

babysitting duties.

way before anyone starts

Concerning the travel side I

wondering about how much

had some problems with my

costs a monthly ticket well I

flight connections. As you

cannot tell you. In Dublin one

might remember the volcanic

has to buy different type of

ash caused chaos in April and

tickets for each kind of

May, and Ryanair is certainly

transportation vehicle.

to

spend

horrendous sums of money on college dorms in the campus. That is why I started looking

for

private

apartments in Blackrock that is situated in the vicinity of the UCD campus. However,

of

accept

I an

prepared

to

the

decided

not

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otherwise

time

for

my

not one of those airways


The

local

underground is

from an initial cold chill in

soul neither on the corridors

called the Dart, funnily it only

January I could even enjoy the

nor in the lecture halls when I

runs

sunshine,

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visited Blackrock for the first

proper

Celsius, during my last month

time. Later on the campus

underground in Dublin has

in Dublin. During those times I

filled with people but still the

been a long dream of the

really enjoyed taking long

atmosphere did not feel like

Irish. Unfortunately due to

strolls in downtown Dublin

being at a big university. The

the closeness of the sea it

especially so because all the

reason for this is that there

remains an unaccomplishable

tourist sites are located quite

are

feat. So the Dart will probably

near each other.

scattered all over the campus

above

Building

the

ground.

a

remain the only way of fast mass transportation for a while.

meaning

Visiting Dublin on St Patrick’s Day is a really good idea, the

several

for

buildings

graduate

and

undergraduate students.

whole city literally buzzes

During the Spring semester I

Although I really enjoyed my

with

had to cope

stay I have to say that the bus

green clothes is obligatory,

courses. One of them was

lines are something I will

and every Irish sports a funny

naturally the Business Project,

never miss. It happened on

hat, some even go as far as

the other and also a CEMS

more than one occasion that I

wearing Irish elf costumes.

Core

waited for 40 minutes at a

This is where I experienced

Cultural

bus stop whereas anyone

what it is really like when a

third subject was Applied

from the 6 bus lines would

whole city, and by that I mean

Portfolio Management. All the

have been good for me. One

every local and tourist, is

prerequisites

thing that is an advantage of

celebrating.

public in the first week, and

bus lines apart from their elaborate

system

is

that

tickets are quite cheap, well relatively cheap since a 5-day ticket costs 15â‚Ź.

excitement.

Wearing

lot,

The UCD has two campuses one in Belfield the other in The

former

is

The weather at Dublin is also

where

worth

programs take place, the

a

few

sentences.

undergraduate

Contrary to hearsay it does

latter is the home to

not rain more in Ireland than

the so-called Graduate

in Hungary. It is true that the

School. For those who

sky is overcast a lot of times,

are interested CEMS

but rain is not that regular.

program belongs to the

The Spring semester is fairly

subject

was

Management.

were

Cross My

made

although you had to learn a

The University

Blackrock.

with three

the

subjects

were

accomplishable. The level of education was high, I really learned

a

lot

from

this

semester. It was great that whenever anyone of us had a problem our teachers were

Graduate School.

balanced in terms of weather,

I found it curious that I

and the good news is that

did not meet one single

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always there to help us. Coming to UCD is advisable who want to spend their semester actively, I had to take home projects every week. Furthermore, we also had team projects which we had to hand in by groups. As a result of an active semester I did not have any exams after NEWGRANGE

my 12 weeks of studying.

My Irish Excursions

TRIM CASTLE

I had the chance to visit some nice

places

during

the

semester and probably I will do so this Summer because I am going to Dublin to the family at which I was a babysitter. However, I would share my adventures as of date

because

I

can

recommend all the following sites for those who decide to visit Ireland. You can see my experiences in the following boxes.

Newgrange belongs to the most ancient edifices of the world. Its 5000-year-old history goes back to even before Stonehenge. Scientists can determine the exact location from where the stones of Newgrange came from, but the method of transporting these gigantic rocks from a distance over 50 miles remains a mystery to this day. Newgrange actually resembles a hill the only exception is that the inside this hill can be visited. The inner part of Newgrange, to be more precise the shrine that is located inside the hill, is only lit by sunshine on the shortest days of the Winter solstice. Definitely not a coincidence if one takes into account that Knowth’s and Dowth’s shrines which are found in the vicinity of Newgrange are lit by natural light only on the longest days of the year and during the Autumn solstice. 30

However,

I

memorable

The castle stands in enchanting green surroundings. Trim castle’s construction started in the 11th century, gaining its final form in 1176. It is an enormous edifice which keeps up with the centuries marvellously well. I recommend anyone who’s interested to take the guided tour to the hidden nooks and corners of the ancient castle.

gained experience

HILL OF TARA

during my stay at Dublin and I hope that many of you will consider spending a semester at the University College of Dublin. I could just not get enough of the Irish way of life.

The

scattered

landscape with

is

ancient

buildings and ruins date back to more than 2000 years. On big disadvantage of Ireland is the high price, however, do not let that put you off, since if you manage your time right you will have enough free time besides your studies.

The hill was artificially erected long before Christianity pervaded the Irish lands. This was the venue of crowning ceremonies, but legend has it that the Hill of Tara also served as the seat to the ruling families. The legend also speaks of a stone situated on the top of one of the hillocks which if touched by the king of Ireland will speak aloud.


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CEMS Club Budapest Journal / 2010 Spring  

I recommend this edition to our fellow students. Guys, we have summarized the most memorable events of this Semester, which we think are wor...

CEMS Club Budapest Journal / 2010 Spring  

I recommend this edition to our fellow students. Guys, we have summarized the most memorable events of this Semester, which we think are wor...

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