The 23rd edition of Maastricht University’s biggest recruitment event—Maastricht Business Days—took place on 6 and 7 March. The event is a platform to broaden students’ networks through various activities such as workshops, interviews and presentations. More than 600 students and 50 companies were present. Attending business partners are major international players from a range industries. According to Stephanie Pillichshammer, President of the MBDs 2018, the event was aimed at taking students a step ahead of their academic career and enabling them to get in contact with valuable business partners and possible future employers.
As many alumni experienced the MBDs themselves as students, they enjoyed coming back to Maastricht, this time representing their own companies.
“Attending Maastricht Business Days nine years ago gave me the opportunity to start my career, because it was there that I first got in touch with Bayer. Since then, I started working for the company and now, being back in Maastricht, I think it is extremely valuable to bring students closer to the industry and to convince them of Bayer.” – Fabian Klingen (Bayer)
“This is already the third time I am representing my company at the Maastricht Business Days, and it is always a great event. There are not many events like this which are so professionally organised and attract such a high quality of companies. As an alumnus, I know exactly what difficulties students have and how they feel, but I am also well aware of how skilled Maastricht students are, as they have the ability to explain complex problems in an easy and understandable way. Likewise, they develop their competencies in an international environment, are fluent in English and gain lots of self-confidence as they constantly have to present and discuss various topics during their tutorials.” – Sven Westeppe (Ernst & Young)
“As I graduated from Maastricht University myself a few years ago, it was really exciting for me to come back. It simply makes me proud to see that the level at Maastricht University is still very high and that students here are really good.” – Janneke Geven (Shell)
Summed up, the feedback from companies as well as students was great. Students said that companies really let them experience freedom in their workshops as they made use of different cases to show them numerous ways of problem-solving. Additionally, the companieswere eager to get in contact with students to talk about their personal development and about how they “created themselves”.