RBS’ Impact: August
37 of RBS’ students changed their professional future and were placed in August in companies such as Ferrero, Versace, Heineken, Puma, Pirelli
This Blog news explains the results of the Career Services and Entrepreneurship activity carried out during the month of August. In total, 37 of our students were placed. Moreover, our students this last month had the opportunities to take part to:
- 1 Startup Talk (GH)
- 1 Startup Workshop (Neroventures)
- 4 Company meeting (Artù, Leroy)
- 2 Fair Employability (Barilla, Odgers & Bendsons)
- 3 Engage Workshops (Adecco, Bper Bank)
The Career Services help RBS Students to be ready to enter the job market, developing the right knowledge, providing the market insights and tools that they need to pursue a successful career in a specific industry. With the support of the Career Service the student can define the career path, develop a strategy, hone the self presentation skills, and sharpen the CV. Moreover, through the Career Services students have access to exclusive tools including a job portal, expert mentoring, consulting training, career targeting, and presence optimization. It provides everything the student needs to fulfil the aspirations, helping to make the most of the knowledge and capabilities of each of them. You can learn more about our Career Services and our Masters here
Now thanks to RBS partners and the Career Services, 37 of our students have the opportunities to continue develop their skills, to put competences in practice and the possibility to growth professionally in companies such as: Ermenegildo Zegna, Accenture, Pirelli, Salvatore Ferragamo, KPMG, Iliad, DeLonghi, Sanofi, Enel, Versace, Ferrero, DHL, Campari Group, Samsung, Qatar Airways, FlixBus, Heineken, Puma, KPMG, Sheraton.
Meet the students: discover their path and follow their advice!
Sabrina I., now International Talent Acquisition at Cross Border Talents
Sabrina I, student of the Master in Human Resources Management, talks about her experience with RBS, the incredible learning journey, describing her career path, to give very useful advice to her colleagues!
Can you describe us your experience with RBS?
Graduated in the middle of pandemic, back in 2020, I immediately decided to take the path that marked my transition from Academia to the world of professionals: I enrolled in Rome Business School.
I have to say that, after one year, I still remember every detail of day 1. Memories bring me back to the incredible energy of Natasha Valentine, the HRM Master Coordinator, the expertise of the Founding President, Antonio Ragusa, and the care of the HR students’ coordinator, Elena Sofia Rizzi. It was the indelible welcome speech that they delivered that made me realize I had made the right choice choosing Rome Business School rather than another institution.
When I started the MSc program I was younger and less expert than my colleagues. By that time, I was a fresh graduate with only a few internship experiences. This meant to me working, listening, and committing double than most of the others. Indeed, especially along the first weeks, I kept feeling incomplete and under skilled compared to my classmates.
Can you tell us more about your learning journey, what have you gained along the path?
Throughout the experience in the school, following classes and taking part to many company meetings, I realized how biased I was at the beginning. Each class gave me something different but the most important thing I learned was that when you are not able to see your skills and competences, you might have a better look inside you. In addition, thanks to many role- plays activities we did in class, I was able to improve my public speaking and communication skills and team work abilities. I also explored different sectors within the world of HRM, learned how to develop a business plan, set a gap analysis, and define a marketing and employer branding strategy. Thanks to the knowledge acquired, I started defining a portfolio of core topics I am already exploiting and I will keep exploiting as future HR professional. One year after my experience, having also joined the world of work, I should admit I still need to work hard on aspects such as time management, work detachment, and schedule prioritization.
Thanks to Rome Business School, I also had the opportunity to join interesting company meetings hosting human resources professionals working across different types of industries. Apart for the knowledge and expertise they were sharing, what I appreciated the most was the Q&A moment at the end of the sessions in which I was able to interact with them directly and later get connected on LinkedIn.
Also, what allowed me to make a leap was being team leader of my group for the capstone project. Not only this gave me the chance to be the first point of contact for the Master’s director and coordinator but also to play a leading role when interacting with external stakeholders. The most exciting part of such a project was, indeed, interviewing representatives of 4 different companies about their recruitment experience to get some real company experience.
What about your career path?
However, I am actually working as International Talent Acquisition at Cross Border Talents, a remote recruitment company leader in the placement of international talents. What I am focusing at the moment is talent scouting, sourcing, pipeline building, interviewing, and placement. I am grateful for this experience, because it is allowing me to improve my recruiting skills, which i had already worked on during the master. In fact, after two months I had enrolled in RBS, I started working as Candidate Manager for another remote recruitment company called Turing Talent. In Turing Talent my focus was on STEM profiles, so sourcing and selection was addressed to Engineers, Software Developers, Data Analysts, and ML and AI professionals. Both the experiences, the one with Turing Talent and my actual job with Cross Border Talents consist on BPO, so Business Process Outsourcing (recruiting for third- party providers).
Yet, the experience that mainly allowed me to put in place what I had learned at RBS was the one at Amazon. This was my latest experience before joining Cross Border Talents and, to be fair, it has been a milestone to my professional development. I have been HR Generalist intern in a Fullfillment Center in Colleferro, Latium. Under the guidance of a Manager, I was taking care of many projects in terms of employees’ engagement and performance. More in depth, I was responsible for preparing material for meeting with external stakeholders, events, focus groups, and HR initiatives. Regarding the operational part of my job, I also had to provide daily excel reports by monitoring employees’ life cycle’s KPIs, checking employees’ shifts, processing maternities, covid sickness, hiring contracts, una tantum, and disciplinary procedures.
The last two months of my internship I worked on an internal Work Life Balance Project addressing the HR department and took full ownership of an interviewing process for employees seeking to upgrade their job position. Not by chance, it was this experience that enhanced me to go back to Talent Acquisition and Recruitment, by focusing my next job search on that field, which is what keeps me passionate every day.
Which are your wishes for your future?
My wish for the future is to explore the field of Employer Branding, so the strategic and brand-related side of human resources; yet, my plan for the present is to carry on experimenting different solutions in Recruitment and Selection.
Anyway, experiencing the reality of an FC really made my life and I couldn’t be more grateful to RBS for providing me the preparation to face such a challenge and to Amazon for giving me the opportunity to actually do the job I had studied for. In RBS I learned how to be more confident, productive, and interact with colleagues and other stakeholders; in Amazon, I took the risk and the courage to get away from my comfort zone.
Do you have any advice for your colleagues?
If I was given the chance to speak with my future HR Master colleagues, I would definitely encourage them to start doing things they don’t know how to do. Never prevent yourself from doing something you have no clue about. Most of times, if not always, you master things by doing them, having in mind that if you don’t have the knowledge to do something, you can always ask. In addition, don’ be afraid of stepping in a physical office. Remote working is comfortable but you never get to learn as much as you can when you work physically close to people and you can ask for advice and clarification. Last but not least, have the courage to undertake the path you feel is the most suitable for yourself, don’t waste time trying to be someone else. As a matter of fact, what tells you apart from the others is your unique human capital.