Posted by Roman, Sunday, 5th February 2012 @ 5:22pm
Last Wednesday 15 students of ESCP Europe Business School gathered at the GE Capital headquarters in London Hammersmith for an exclusive meeting. The student-led career society ESCP Europe Students Meet Business had organised a two-hour career event in which the students met various senior executives as well as recent graduates over lunch to get to know GE and learn about employment possibilities.
After arriving at ‘The Ark’, GE’s prominent and architecturally striking headquarters, the students were welcomed by Rajesh Gupta, CFO of GE Capital. Mr. Gupta who looks back on a 16-year career at GE that started in one of their graduate programmes shared great insights into the culture and people at GE and by telling his story gave a great inspiration and example of the possibilities to grow and take responsibility within the company.
Following this very inspirational first-hand experience Paul Collyer, Head of Risk, gave an overview of the company’s risk activities, the different types of risk and how careers in risk and finance differ. Other than Mr. Gupta, he has only been with the company for around three years enabling him to draw comparisons to former employers and to elaborate on what made him come to and stick with GE.
The last part of the event consisted of an open chat session with five recent graduates who are currently participating in the two leadership programmes Financial Management Program (FMP) and Risk Management Program (RMP). Both programmes are considered premier in their industry and have yielded a very high number of GE senior executives. The session was concluded by a Q&A session with Andrea Ainsworth, leader of the FMP who was also in charge of this event on the GE side.
Both the ESCP students and the GE executives and staff were highly engaged and expressed their gratitude for the possibility to get together on such a small and exclusive scale. Many of the students stated that they were not aware of the incredible career prospects at GE before the event and GE representatives expressed their satisfaction with the high calibre of international students at ESCP Europe.
Through this positive feedback we know that ESCP Europe Students Meet Business is an immense value added for both the students and the employers. Looking at the success of this and the other events that we have organised in the past we know that we are on the right track to fulfil our mission - to bring high-calibre ESCP Europe students and first-class employers together and to strengthen the profile of the school.