Photo blog: Superheroes and other characters (Nick Allan)

For the beginning of this term, Ralf gave us shock therapy. 6 days of lectures, Monday to Saturday on the first week back. In order to make our Saturday of lectures a little more fun, we turned into superheroes (and other characters) for the day.

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We had Disney characters…

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…including fellow blogger Stephanie as Edna Mode.

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We changed the lecturer’s seating plan, so he’d have no trouble finding…

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…the stars of the Matrix…

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…and a crazy Scotsman (me, in front of the camera for once!)

The excitement is building! (Nicholas Toubkin)

The excitement is building – there is so much to look forward to over the next month!

But – let’s start with a few things from this week…

A large minority of the class went go-karting after school on Wednesday – this really got the competitive juices flowing, and I’m glad to say that I was the fastest Brit on the track (sounds impressive – but it’s all about providing selective statistics!!!).

We had numerous companies coming to campus to recruit this week – just the initial presentation phase at this moment, with formal interviews to come in a month or so.  It was great to see that the number of recruiting companies is strongly up on last year, and mindblowing to see the range of depth of different available careers.  I found myself drawn to some companies I wouldn’t even have thought about prior to their presentations- a cause for some reflection…

On Monday we had the head of finance for Bayer giving us a full day training on his role, and how to manage such a complex company with such frequent M&A activity.  Really fascinating, and a great insight into the possible roles within finance in such a complex corporate.

And now – the future is beckoning.  The most exciting prospect are the looming discovery trips.

All of the blog team are going to Shanghai and Japan – the schedule is so exciting, and I’m thrilled to be going to Japan – I’ve always wanted to go there (particularly since I’m a big fan of sushi…).  I’ve been to Shanghai in the past – but I’m realiably informed by my Shanghai native classmates that since it was 8 years ago, I won’t recognise the city.  I find big cities fascinating, and I can’t wait to see what’s new, and we are foreseeing a similarly fun trip as that to Turkey.  30 of us are going to Shanghai and Japan, with another third going to San Francisco and Mexico, and the final cohort exploring Dubai and Singapore.

After the discovery trip comes further on-campus recruitment, so those who have applied to consulting firms are currently polishing up their ‘case’ interviews.  As for me, I’m narrowing down even further the career that I’m looking for, so that my search will be as focused as possible.

And after that – comes the International Consulting Project – for my team, the Baltics beckon!

Until next time,

Nick.

Back to it! (Nicholas Toubkin)

It’s fantastic to be back in Switzerland.  We’ve kicked off the new part of the year with an intensive refresher course of lectures on marketing, finance and accounting with some really impressive guests lecturers, and this week coming we’ve got further tuition around finance, career planning and also some presentations from companies looking to recruit IMD students.

I’m really enjoying the term so far, and as the whole class realizes that we have just four short months until graduation, we are all making the most of our time in this beautiful city.  We had a social gathering on Wednesday, and a really fun drinks party last night.  I’m so excited about the next few months, and particularly since I am looking forward so much to my discovery trip (like Stephanie, I’m off to China and Japan), and then the International Consulting Project that I’ve got, where I’ll be off to Norway and the Baltics.  I’m also really enthused about the prospect of searching intensively for a job – it’s really only just struck me that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a change to my career path, and to ensure that I harness all of the skills that I’ve learnt here at IMD.  One thing is for sure, as much as I’ve learnt from the faculty here, I’ve learnt far more from my fantastic colleagues.
Bring on the challenges ahead!
Nick