Steps You Can Take to Boost Your Career Prospects During Your BBA Degree

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Students at Business School Lausanne (BSL) have numerous ways to enhance their career prospects while studying. The Careers Office connects students to opportunities such as company visits, voluntary projects, internship/graduate programs, networking events, workshops, mentoring programs and more to enable them to reach their career aspirations. Whether you want to launch a start-up, take over the family business, or join a large international corporation, BSL and its community can help you excel.

Students enrolled in a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program at BSL start their career journey the moment they begin studying.  The academic course is designed to prepare students to succeed in the fast-changing business world and students develop practical and professional skills, while learning from real-life examples, business simulations and challenges. In parallel, the Careers Office offers students valuable tools to create their professional brand with a powerful application package, strategically including their top skills and competencies in CVs and LinkedIn profiles.

Read on to find out how you can boost your career prospects while studying.

Step into the industry with an Internship

Students enrolled in the three-year BBA degree have the opportunity to complete an optional internship as part of their studies.

An internship is an excellent way to gain valuable experience in the business world before graduating. Not only this improves your professional profile and gives you greater understanding of business in practice, it also helps you discover how to shape your future career path.

At BSL, students have access to personalized employability sessions at the Careers Office, in preparation for their internship search, applications and interviews, maximizing their chances to secure an internship by building a strong professional brand for themselves. Students have access to internship opportunities through the BSL Career Center where Alumni and partner companies can advertise internship positions with current students so that they can kickstart their career while studying.

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Completing internships while studying can help you excel after graduation

Build an International Network While Studying for a Business Degree in Switzerland

Students at BSL are part of an international community with peers from all four corners of the world. In fact, 80% of students enrolled in the Business Administration degree program are international. This means that students will be able to build an international network, which could help them succeed in a globalized business world.

As well as networking with peers, students also have the opportunity to network with Alumni and professionals from companies in Switzerland and around the world. The BSL Alumni community is represented in well-known global corporations and organizations, including KPMG, United Nations, Microsoft, AirBnB, Warner Bros, Credit Suisse, Deloitte and more!

Attend Student and Networking Events

There are a number of different events that students can attend while studying, such as panel discussions, networking events, company presentations. The Student Council also organizes student-led Business Innovation weeks which bring together industry representatives and BSL community, also allowing the students organizers to work on their leadership development. All in all, these are a great opportunity to meet other professionals and improve your understanding of business as well as your Swiss and global network.

As well as this, BSL and the Student Council organize regular company visits. Students will be able to see the location of Swiss companies and learn from industry leaders. If you prefer to stay on campus, guest speakers are often invited to deliver inspiring talks about their specific industries to students in class. These will give students the opportunity to connect with successful industry experts from all kinds of businesses.

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By building up an extensive network, students can set themselves up for career success

Find a Mentor

Another good way to enhance your career prospects while studying for a BBA degree is to find a mentor. BSL runs an Alumni Mentoring program that connects young aspiring professionals at the very start of their careers with seasoned and inspiring business mentors. Mentoring is important for students as it happens in a grade-free and safe space; mentors also give students valuable advice to help find professional fulfillment and reach their potential.

Do you want to learn more about a business degree in Switzerland?

Contact BSL today!

Business Innovation Week Inspires Students and Alumni in Uncertain Times

Business Innovation Week (BSW) at Business School Lausanne (BSL) brings together inspirational speakers, students and alumni. The four-day-long event includes panel discussions, workshops, networking, and more. The outbreak of the coronavirus earlier this year meant that the student organizers behind this term’s BIW event had to quickly rethink their strategy. 

The recent BIW event took place online from May 5th – 8th and focused on entrepreneurship in uncertain times. We spoke with Elias Raffoul, president of the student council and also a master’s student at BSL, who led the organization of the recent BIW event. He told us a bit about this year’s ‘virtual event’ and how the team managed some of the challenges presented by COVID-19. 

Logistics: Moving Business Innovation Week Online 

The first and most obvious challenge presented by COVID-19 was moving everything from a physical space to a virtual one. “After three weeks of organization, we flipped everything online” Elias explains. This created some challenges because “It’s more difficult to involve people and to make students participate”. In order to prevent background noise or interruption, the organizers asked students to keep their mics on mute unless approved by the committee.  

However, the online format also presented some advantages. “The advantage was that there were no boundaries,” says Elias, adding that “You can invite speakers from all over the world. We had three speakers from Brazil, which we were unable to do before.” That unique advantage is one that might be used in future events, in order to involve inspirational speakers and organizations from all four corners of the world.

The online format meant that speakers from anywhere in the world could attend

Relevance: Adapting the Theme for COVID-19 

The outbreak of the coronavirus has had a huge impact on businesses worldwide. The student council at BSL felt it was important to adapt the theme of the event so that it was relevant to students during this unprecedented time. 

The original topic for the week was innovation. However, in response to COVID-19 this was adapted. Elias explains that “We wanted to do something focused on the current situation, and how you can adapt to the current situation as an entrepreneur”. This would be particularly relevant to students enrolled in an entrepreneurship degree at BSL. 

Hands-on Challenge:  A Very Real Simulation for Students at Our Business School in Switzerland

As well as presentations and panel discussions, workshops are an important component of BIW. The team at BSL decided to replace the workshop sessions with a virtual challenge using a simulation format. 

On day two, the students were split into 10 groups as part of an entrepreneurial challenge. As part of the competition, teams were asked to create a business plan for a futuristic project. Students had to plan everything, including whether they would rent or buy a factory, whether they would take a loan from the bank, how many products they would produce, how many employees they would hire, how to market the product, and more. The simulation covered everything from marketing to finance, entrepreneurship, and decision-making. This was an important part of the simulation because students at BSL can study an MIB in finance, marketing, and more. 

For all involved, the virtual event offered an interactive and inspirational experience. 

Do you want to find out more about attending our business school in Switzerland?

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Interested in Attending Business School in Switzerland? 3 Reasons Why Lausanne Is an Ideal Place to Study


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The city of Lausanne is popular with international students and young professionals alike. This multicultural city offers students endless opportunities to explore Switzerland and Europe, to network with other international students and professionals, and kickstart their career in a thriving business hub.

Business School Lausanne (BSL) is conveniently located near the center of the city, meaning that prospective students and alumni can benefit from all of the above. Read on to find out some of the reasons why Lausanne is a dream city for business students. 

Lausanne Is One of the Most Multicultural Cities in Switzerland

As the 4th largest city in Switzerland, Lausanne has a population of 130,000, with people coming from all over the world to live, work, and study in the city. This means that students earning a business administration degree, Master in International Business, MBA, or other business program in Lausanne will have plenty of opportunities to network with students from all over the world. BSL is also a stone’s throw away from both the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) campuses, housing some 25’000 students from over 120 countries.

At BSL, our students come from over 60 different countries. Combined with our small class sizes, which allow students to truly connect with their peers and teachers, BSL’s international environment allows you to gain a truly global network. Growing an international network of peers comes with many advantages. Students have the opportunity to learn about other cultures and discover different perspectives, helping them tap into new opportunities and innovative solutions.

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Students in Lausanne will be part of an international business community

Explore What Europe Has to Offer

Outside of work and academia, Lausanne is a great base for students who want to see more of Europe while they study. In the current environment with COVID-19, we know that there are plenty of restrictions at this time, however Switzerland is planning a phase 3 opening on the 8th of June, opening its borders to neighboring countries.      

Switzerland is perfectly located in the heart of Europe, bordered by Italy, Germany, Austria, France, and Liechtenstein, meaning that you don’t have to travel far to see some of Europe’s top destinations. As a student at BSL, you could take a weekend cultural trip to some of Europe’s major cities such as Paris, Rome, Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam or London or simply take advantage of beaches along the Mediterranean coast line. A romantic Italian getaway, an Oktoberfest celebration in Germany—your choices are endless!

This means that students at Business School Lausanne will have plenty of opportunities to broaden their horizons, learn more about European culture and take advantage of learning a new language.

Professional Opportunities After an Undergraduate or Graduate Business Degree

One of the many other advantages to studying in Lausanne is the access to career opportunities. The Lausanne region is a thriving business hub renowned across Europe for its commercial opportunities, hosting a multitude of multinational business headquarters. Major Swiss cities such as Geneva and Bern are less than an hour away, meaning students are ideally placed to access opportunities across Switzerland.

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Students will be able to access internships and opportunities across Switzerland

 

BSL is committed to helping students succeed within a career that is right for them, and offers a wide range of career support, including customized career mentoring sessions on self-branding and networking. As well as this, BSL students have access to the online BSL Career Center which helps to connect students with employers. The site advertises relevant internship, job, and volunteer positions in addition to networking events. Whatever your career aspirations, BSL is there to help you succeed.

Do you want to find out more about studying for an undergraduate or post-graduate business degree in Lausanne?

Contact Business School Lausanne today!