Following the success of the event back in the spring, the University once again hosted Corvinus’ biggest career event, the Corvinus Career & Business Festival, on 25-26 October 2023. Over the course of the 2 days, thousands of Corvinus students, alumni and external visitors spent their time networking, job searching and attending professional lectures within the halls of the campus. Having received 1100 pre-registrations was an indication of their high level of interest. The Festival was attended by over 30 major companies, including the University’s strategic partners, who welcomed our students, alumni and external visitors with more than 200 job offers, including internships, part-time and full-time positions.
Central to this year’s event was the topic of the future of work, which was explored in 24 professional presentations by representatives of exhibiting companies and guest speakers invited by the organizers, the Corporate & Institutional Relations Office. Guest speakers included Eszter Varga, banker, lawyer, lecturer in the Corvinus coach training program, and investor on the popular ‘Shark Tank’ TV show on Hungary’s RTL channel, who gave an insightful presentation on the future of work in the age of chaos. Our students also had the opportunity to find out more about the University’s new, data-driven career planning tool, Navigator, during an informal panel discussion with Dr. Katalin Ásványi and Dávid Baranyai. At the exhibitor stands, our visitors could ask questions directly from the Navigator team, as well as from the individual company representatives.
The Festival also featured a series of interactive workshops and programs to help visitors acquire new skills and knowledge which can be considered essential in the workplace both today and in the future.
A welcome addition to this year’s program was the Alumni Café, organized by the Alumni & Careers team, where our current students had the chance, through inspiring conversations, to connect with successful alumni who have gone through significant professional journeys. Their first-hand experiences can empower our students in shaping their own career paths. The feedback from the 40+ such conversations has shown that all participants, without exception, would be happy to recommend the Alumni Café to their peers, which is testament to the power of the alumni community in the life of the university. Many of the students who participated in the Café highlighted how useful it was to speak to professionals with similar interests and educational backgrounds, who could offer authentic advice based on real-life experiences.
It was also positive to see more than 30 alumni once again this year at the exhibitors’ stands over the two days, proudly representing both their company and the University alike, and enthusiastically sharing details of their career paths and professional experiences with our visitors.
During this year’s popular Festival Passport prize draw, 36 prizes were raffled off during the job fair. Nearly 1100 current students and alumni collected stamps at the University’s strategic partners and Navigator’s stand for a chance to win prizes from Wizz Air, MOL, and EY.
The Corporate & Institutional Relations and Alumni & Careers Teams would like to thank everyone for their support and participation! The programs, professional presentations and interactive workshops provided thousands of visitors with an excellent opportunity for networking and professional development. Special thanks to our alumni, for giving their time and professional expertise to add to the success of the event. We look forward to seeing you again next year!