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.