“We Seek to Foster Education and Development of the Next Generation of Managers”
Awarding of National Scholarships
While awarding four excellent students a National Scholarship, HHL Dean Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart welcomed the awardees and sponsors during the 3rd HHL International Investors Day conference. In that context the sponsors – the HHL Alumni Association, represented by its President Lars Wulfken (P6); the Friends of HHL, represented by Prof. Dr. Stephan Stubner as Member of the Board; and the WOGETRA, represented by Chairman of the Board Tobias Luft (P4) – were honored for their commitment. HHL is pleased that its alumni show such strong engagement when sponsoring scholarships for the excellent academic achievements and extracurricular activities of students. Alumnus Tobias Luft said, “With our support in the National Scholarship Program we seek to foster the education and development of the next generation of managers. At the same time, we want to encourage students to constantly work on excellent academic achievement and to engage in projects that have an impact beyond the campus.”
Insights Onsite: HHL Students Visit PUMA and St. ERHARD
In addition to valuable insights which students gain during regular company presentations on campus, the team of Alumni Relations and Career Service organizes company visits every year. These visits provide a peek into different working environments when companies welcome students to their headquarters. This year, we were guests at PUMA and St. ERHARD which spent a lot of effort welcoming our students at the beginning of June. As an integral part of these visits, students can discuss different topics with employees and HR staff, such as what working at PUMA and St. ERHARD is like. The participating students benefit from the visits in different ways, on the one hand they can gather real life experience in a company and on the other hand, the informal atmosphere enables network opportunities and experience exchanges. Thanks to PUMA and alumnus Christian Klemenz (MSc4), founder of St. ERHARD, for providing us with this great opportunity when hosting the group of HHL students.
Learning From Alumni
Alumni are one of the most valuable sources of information when students are planning their career and evaluating different job entry opportunities. In order to support students with different perspectives, HHL invites alumni to campus during the spring term when the graduating classes are in the middle of their application processes. Alumni share their experiences from the start of their career. During the Alumni Talks, students have the opportunity to meet alumni working in exciting sectors or challenging positions and discuss questions of possible concern, pros and cons as well as tips and advice when seeking the perfect job after graduation. Last spring term, we discussed the following topics with alumni on campus:
In March, Carl-Constantin Ehret (MSc8), Executive Assistant at Henkel, and Dominik Schütz (MSc10), Assistant to the CEO at SparkassenVersicherung, discussed the pros and cons of being the Executive Assistant to a Management Board with the students.
In April, we talked about the opportunities to start a career within the automotive sector and thereby welcomed Daniela Peter (MSc4) from Daimler and Paul Mühlbach (MSc7) from Volkswagen Consulting.
The Alumni Talk series was rounded off by two talks in May when HHL welcomed alumni from P&G and Danone in order to discuss job opportunities within FMCG. And as one of the most recent topics, Erik Pfannmöller (K23), Friedrich von Bernewitz (K22) and Sascha Meissner (M12) shared their experiences when beginning a career in the start-up scene either as founder right from scratch or as part of an established start-up company or as consultant who starts running one’s own business after some years in consulting.
Alumni Chapter Meeting in Leipzig
When meeting up on a regular basis, alumni and their companies host Alumni Chapter meetings in order to present some insights into their businesses and discuss challenges that several sectors have to deal with. In this context, the alumni Sven Petersen (P1) and Jan Hartlieb (P3) extended an invitation to the Alumni Chapter Leipzig and offered exciting insights and some future aspects of their company on July 5, 2016. After graduating from HHL, a financial crisis created a business model which Sven and Jan then pursued when expanding the company Sachsen Asset Management. After a lively discussion and a short overview of HHL’s development provided by the Executive Management, the evening continued with nice discussions and lots of networking opportunities.