Design your career and personal development
Start the year by designing what your goals are through a Vision and Values self assessment exercise. The more clear you are about your career path, the better our Careers Team can understand you and help you work towards your goals. Approximately 20% of our curriculum is dedicated to career and personal development, presenting you with a wide variety of ways to grow.
In the first week, our MBAs undertake an interactive course on team dynamics. The purpose is to facilitate multicultural and cross-functional teams, drawing on the diversity of the class in a learning-by-doing environment. Click here to watch a video of Outdoor Day 2016.
CV Review and Training
Our Careers Team provides CV workshops and individual counselling sessions with ongoing feedback, covering topics such as keywords and effective storytelling. A CV book is created and sent to companies.
This enables you to learn how your peers perceive you. It is an effective way to discover your strengths and weaknesses. It is also excellent practice for giving and receiving feedback constructively.
1-to-1 Executive Coaching
Work with external coaches for deeper personal development and the alignment of your career path with your personal values. Coaches will challenge you, and push you to clearly define what you want from your career.
Senior executives engage in a moderated discussion, followed by a Q&A session. Each panel has a career-related theme. These panels take place in Zurich twice a year.
CNN presenter and communication coach Lola Martinez works with our MBAs in multiple sessions to improve their public speaking and presentation skills, including voice control and posture.
Professors and industry professionals provide leadership training on subjects such as: Organisational Behaviour, Negotiation, effective use of LinkedIn, networking, diversity in teams, and more.
Through a mix of self-reflection and personal consultation with our Careers Team, each MBA crafts a plan that provides structure and direction to their career-related activities throughout the MBA.
MBAs receive a mentor, often an alumnus of the programme, who can offer guidance on role, industry or country-related career questions.
Students practice their interview skills in a mock interview with the Careers Team. After receiving advice and tips, they move onto an interview with a professional head hunter, who runs them through the rigours of an interview that is consistent with executive search standards in Europe.
In 2016 the day was opened by the Luxembourg Attaché for Political and Economic Affairs, who welcomed Luxembourg-based companies to St.Gallen. Last year's visit included Amazon, Delphi and PayPal.
We travel to Basel, Switzerland for a full day of meeting companies in the pharmaceutical industry. We also have an apéro where MBAs meet Basel-based alumni.
We travel to Munich, Germany for a full day of meeting with companies. Last year's trip included Adidas, Siemens and ZEB Consulting, among others. We also have an apéro where MBAs meet Munich-based alumni. Click here to watch a video of Munich Day 2016.
Interactive talks by company executives from key industries in our region, including banking, manufacturing, pharma and startups. Students gain a better understanding of current trends a future opportunities in these industries.
We invite companies to interview our MBAs for post-MBA jobs. This annual corporate event takes place in Zurich, with companies hiring for roles in Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg and elsewhere. Click here to watch a video of Take-Off Day 2016.