CareerTeam (LSE, 2012-2018)
- Project Type Career opportunities platform
- Activities Conferences, Workshops, Recruitment Web Portal, Training Center, Scolarships, Awareness Studies, Open Days, Career Opportunities Programs
- Period Oct 2012 - Oct 2018
- Number of users >3k
- Me Role Co-Founder, Executive Coordinator
- Skills Developed People management, Event planning, Public speaking, Negotiation skills
- Team members managed directly 15
- Team members managed indirectly more than 200
- Budget ~20k EUR/year
CareerTeam represents an LSE initiative, that started at the beginning of the first semester of the 2012-2013 academic year and later became the most complex project the organisation has ever developed (as of July 2019).
The main purpose of CareerTeam is to offer every ETTI student the opportunity of being properly informed about what is going to happen after their graduation and to create a bidirectional connection between the partner companies of the project and the faculty. Our aim was to create a link between the academic environment and the job market.
Starting in 2012 through the CareerTeam project, LSE organized more than 100 events (conferences, workshops, training, open days, assessments etc).
CareerTeam was also the foundation project for other important projects in LSE, such as:
Unfortunately, the project was discontinued in 2018 (see below the story, for more details).
My teaching activity
Teaching others is one of the passions of my life. During my professional life I experienced all types of teaching I could:
- graduation diploma coordinator (check specific details here: ETTI)
- trainer in a corporate environment (check specific details here: Orange | CN Group)
- trainer in a private software academy (Software Development Academy)
- summer school trainer (TC software summer school)
- trainer in students organizations (check specific details here: LSE | MobilPRO | CareerTeam)
Story of CT
Essentially, the CareerTeam project has 3 “roots”.
1. The first and the oldest – has its roots over 20 years ago (written in 2020). Prof. Popovici can say it best as t was his initiative – he wanted to start some events called “Tuesday night evenings” (adaptation from Romanian version: “Serile de marti seara.”), to which he wanted to bring invitees from outside the university, experts in the field, who would hold alternative courses. When I was in my 4th year (2011), at some point he organized an event of the kind to which he invited an evangelist from Microsoft to present their way of doing things. I liked the idea and I kept it in mind.
In addition to that, he had another initiative called “introduction to the ETTI Faculty”. He wanted to gather high schoolers and junior students and somewhat explain what ETTI is about. The professor had talked to Ruxandra (former LSE president) and afterwards with Diana about organizing the event together with LSE and being linked with the beginnings of CT, this is how the professor’s initiative became one of the “roots”.
2. “Dialogue with celebrities“. This was a project belonging to the Sports Department during 2010-2011 in which we planned to invite people from outside the university to speak to students about how they became successful. The event counted 2 editions and it didn’t turn out to be sustainable, which is why we discontinued the project. The 2 editions gathered people like Dan Puric – attending the first edition (who filled the auditorium and who spoke for 3 hours without taking a breather and the audience listened without even blinking) and Monica Tatoiu + Mihai Sturzu and some other successful people – some photos here.
Dialogue with celebrities would have probably been an interesting project… the concept was nice, but our lack of experience showed. We didn’t have an invitee profile (we practically accepted anyone who was willing to attend), we didn’t have a marketing or branding strategy, not to mention a budget. Anyway, we didn’t even have a clear direction or an outcome we expected from this project. We did this out of passion and because we were a team full of energy – if we enjoyed an evening at the dorms with a glass of wine (which happened almost every evening 😃) and we came up with an idea, the next day we would implement it.
And with Dialogue with celebrities, without thinking too much about it, we assumed that everyone would want to be a speaker in ETTI, but also that everyone would try to squeeze in to see the celebrities and to ask questions. Well, things didn’t go as planned, but we learnt a lot from this experience.
3. The third root was an experience I went through after graduating when I tried to find a job and I noticed that even though I had applied to a lot of companies, no one called me. First of all, it was a very hard, depressing and boring period of time because each recruiting website or company required a specific CV format which was very time-consuming. And assembling a highly professional CV can take 2 to 3 days. So losing so much time only to find that no one even goes through it is very frustrating. At that time LinkedIn wasn’t popular in Romania, so I spent time editing a lot of CVs and I found myself discouraged that I would not find a job. Fortunately, the waiting time was of just 2 weeks, but afterwards, I thought that everyone surely goes through this. So I decided to create a platform to solve the problem and to invite other graduates to speak about how they started out their professional careers. Basically, I started to wish to help students understand what happens after graduation. (…and 10 years after graduation I found myself still doing that – check here my project Career Path)
This whole thing (the third root) happened in the summer of 2012 and this coincided with the moment when the professor was discussing with my good friends and colleagues in LSE – Ruxandra& Diana about his initiative (– connection with the first root) in the university. And seeing as we had stopped organizing Dialogue with celebrities (— connection with the first root), we talked about organizing together a workshop with an invitee of Mr. Popovici.
As the leader of the Sports Department, I took over the direct communication with the invitee (an ETTI graduate who had worked at Orange, Vodafone and Telekom and who at the time had his own company – a recruiting agency) and I let him decide on the theme and name of the workshop. So he chose “Your Career” (adaptation from Romanian version: “Cariera ta“) and talked about how to write a professional CV. We already had a well-trained organizing team (part of Sports Department, coordinated by my successor at that moment – Irina and other senior members such as Bogdan, Ana and Andreea; this team coincided with another sub-team of the Sports Department which handled our student magazine, Tronica) from Dialogue with celebrities, the IT part was being handled by myself and Marian (who was a member of the Sports Department at the time, but later became the coordinator of the Graphics & Design Department) handled design so we moved fast and the next day found us with a conference classroom booked, a logo, a poster and a website for the event, all ready to go and we let the process of registration for the event take its course. Like any other project of the Sports Department, we had a delegate who acted as Project Manager for this “small project”, PM who in a short time would have become the CT Coordinator (namely Ana).
Fortunately, it was very easy to shift our focus from organizing sports events to professional events, because we already had experience with registration flow, participants check-in, posters, follow-up newsletters, websites etc.
We had planned that after that workshop to invite other people and to have a different name for it each time, but we lacked inspiration for the second edition and we realized that it would have been too complicated to create another logo, another poster, another website and so on, so we obviously called it “Your Career” v2. 😃
As I said above, I wanted to help students to have a better understanding of what happens after university and graduation so for the second edition a colleague of mine from Orange (namely Irina) acted as a speaker. She was always an inspiring person to me and had also graduated from ETTI, so who else would have been a better fit to share with the students a good career story (?).
And that’s about all for the first semester of the 2012-2013 academic year. Basically, this is how the project started.
After two editions we noticed that such an event can be very popular so we started thinking about ways to make it sustainable. In parallel with this, there were many discussions with Prof. Popovici about his proposals to bring speakers to the event. We also started to receive requests from other companies who wanted to do something similar to my colleague’s presentation. So basically in the first year, the project exploded.
The demand was very high and so was its popularity, and having a very well put together team we could afford to do practically anything. Only in the second semester of the same year, the project evolved from inviting some graduates to speak to the students about what happens after graduation to…
- The CT Concept
CareerTeam is an LSE project which plans to support students in their professional development process, to understand what career suits them and to help companies extend their teams with the most suitable (not necessarily the best) people.
- The CT Solution
Employers (from start-ups to corporations) should engage in targeted recruitment – to recruit specialists directly from the source – juniors from profile universities or seniors from alumni communities. In this way, they manage their ratio of the number of applications and interviews better. Specialists can develop better in communities, actively participating in presentations on employer opportunities to better understand businesses or to exchange knowledge.
- Means of concept implementation (activities)
Conferences, Open Days, Workshops, Training Centers, Surveys, Assessment Centres, Hiring Tournaments, Online tests, Extracurricular courses, International opportunities (internships, master programs, work & travel).
- CT philosophy
We spend 10 hours per day working. No matter if we’re familists or workaholics, our job plays a very important role in our lives – the health and happiness of ourselves and of those around us depend, more or less, directly on what we do as a job. If we all had a job that we were happy doing, we would be happier. If employers had happier people, they would see a better change in efficiency and they would be happier. If everyone was happier, we would live in a better society.
The “CT philosophy” was the main phrase I used to pitch the project in front of partners and based on this idea I grew my own career and tried to inspire others.
After I handed over the leadership of the project, it continued for a few years under the leadership of a very energetic and skilled team (the most prominent being Andreea – my successor as executive coordinator and Otilia).
CareerTeam ultimately became the most complex project that LSE has ever developed (as of July 2019).
Unfortunately (and I am truly sorry this happened and I could not prevent it), the project was discontinued due to 2 reasons:
- Lack of support from the ETTI faculty; the faculty’s board refused to collaborate further with LSE. My personal understanding (and it’s just an opinion because the team never received an explanation for that) is that the faculty’s board saw CareerTeam as a competitor rather than an ally. And this is really sad (but hey, the game is not over yet).
- Lack of experience of the new generations. As projects become more and more complex and the generations are changed, it is harder to propagate knowledge and motivation; and I believe the project could have been successfully continued even without the support of the faculty’s board – through other activities than local events (so this is while I let it go and decided one day to start over a new project based on CT philosophy). I have extensively talked about that here.
Story of CT
In principiu, proiectul CareerTeam are 3 ‘radacini’.
1. & cea mai veche, are originea in urma cu ~20+ ani..prof. Popovici o poate spune cel mai bine, pt ca a fost initiativa lui – dorea sa inceapa niste evenimente care se numea « serile de marti seara » sau ceva de genul..la care sa aduca invitati din afara facultatii, specialisti in domeniu, sa tina niste lectii alternative..nu sunt convins ca asta era conceptul lui in intregime, dar cand eram anul 4(2011), la un moment dat a organizat un astfel de event la care a chemat un evanghelist de la Microsoft sa tina o prezentare despre ce fac ei acolo. Mie mi-a placut ideea si am tinut-o minte.
In plus, mai avea el o initiativa, care se numea “introducere in facultatea de electronica”..voia sa stranga liceeni si studenti debutanti & sa le explice cumva despre ce este ETTI. Proful vorbise cu Ruxi Pricope (fost presedinte LSE) si apoi cu Diana despre a face evenimentul asta impreuna cu LSE si avand contact cu inceputurile CT, asa a ramas si initiativa profului una din “radacini”.
2. Dialog cu personalitati. Era un proiect al Dep Sportiv, in perioada 2010..2011, in care ne-am propus sa aducem in facultate oameni din exteriorul facultatii, care sa vorbeasca studentilor despre cum au ajuns ei oameni de succes. Evenimentul a avut 2 editii si nu a fost foarte sustenabil, motiv pentru care nu l-am mai continuat. La cele 2 editii au fost speakeri Dan Puric – la prima (care a umplut AULA si care a vorbit 3 ore fara sa traga aer..iar sala l-a ascultat fara sa clipeasca), si Monica Tatoiu + Mihai Sturzu si inca cativa…dar nu le mai retin numele – mari personalitati :)) – in fine..gasesti niste poze pe aici : https://www.facebook.com/pg/lseorgro/photos/?tab=album&album_id=280474028663509
Dialog cu personalitati poate ar fi fost un proiect interesant..conceptul era fain, dar s-a vazut lipsa noastra de experienta acolo. Nu aveam un profil al invitatilor (practic acceptam cam pe oricine era dispus sa vina), nu aveam strategie de promovare, branding..de buget nu mai zic. In fine, nu aveam nici macar o directia clara, sau o finalitate pe care o asteptam de la acest proiect. Faceam asta de placere si pentru ca eram o echipa foarte energica – daca stateam intr-o seara la un pahar de vin in camin (lucru care se intampla cam in fiecare seara :)) ) si ne mai venea o idee, a doua zi o implementam.
Iar la Dialog cu pers, fara sa ne gandim prea mult, am mers pe ideea ca toata lumea va dori sa vorbeasca in ETTI, dar si ca toata lumea se va inghesui sa vina sa vada personalitatile & sa puna intrebari. Well, nu a fost asa..insa din experienta asta am invatat multe cu totii 🙂
3. A treia radacina, a fost o experienta prin care am trecut eu dupa absolvire, cand am incercat sa ma angajez & am constatat ca desi aplicasem la foarte multe firme, nu ma suna nimeni. In primul rand, a fost o perioada foarte grea si plictisitoare, pentru ca fiecare site de recrutare sau fiecare firma, cerea un format propriu de CV..ceea ce era foarte time consuming. Si sa redactezi un CV foarte profi, poate dura si 2-3 zile…iar ca sa pierzi atat timp ca sa nu fie deschis de nimeni este foarte frustrant. La vremea respectiva nici linkedinul nu era foarte popular in romania, asa ca am stat si am redactat multe CV-uri si am fost foarte descurajat ca nu-mi voi gasi job. Din fericire, a durat doar 2 sapt perioada aceasta..insa dupa asta m-am gandit ca prin asta trec toti, sigur. Asa ca am decis sa fac o platforma care sa rezolve problema 😀 & sa chem in facultate alti absolventi care sa povesteasca cum au debutat ei in cariera. Practic, am inceput sa mi doresc sa ajut studentii sa inteleaga ce este dupa licenta.
…lucrul asta (radacina nr 3) se intampla in vara lui 2012..iar perioada asta a coincis cu momentul in care proful discuta cu Ruxi & Diana despre initiativa dansului in facultate. Si daca tot nu mai organizam Dialog cu personalitati, am zis ca ne ocupam noi sa organizam un workshop cu un invitat desemnat de dl Popovici.
Fiind liderul Dep Sportiv, am preluat eu legatura directa cu invitatul (absolvent ETTI, care lucrase in Orange, Vodafone si Telekom si atunci avea firma lui – o firma de recrutari)..si l-am lasat pe el sa aleaga numele workshop-ului & tematica. Asa ca el a ales « Cariera Ta » si a vorbit despre cum se face un CV profi. Echipa de organizare bine pregatita aveam, de la Dialog cu personalitati, de IT ma ocupam tot eu..designer era tot cineva din conducerea sportivului + Marian (care era in dep Sportiv la mom respectiv)..asa ca ne-am miscat rapid & a doua zi aveam sala, logo, afis si site pentru eveniment si am dat drumul la inscrieri. Ca orice proiect al departamentului Sportiv, aveam un delegat din departament care era Project Managerul acestui noi mic proiectel…PM care in foarte scurt timp va fi devenit “Coordonatorul CT”.
Noi ne propusesem ca dupa workshop-ul asta, sa mai chemam si alti invitati & de fiecare data sa ii dam un alt nume eventului…insa la editia a 2a am fost in pana de inspiratie si ne-am dat seama ca era complicat sa facem alt logo iar, alt afis alt csite samd….asa ca l-am denumit, evident, “Cartiera Ta” v2. :)))
Asa cum spuneam mai sus, imi doream sa ajut studentii sa inteleaga mai bine ce este dupa facultate, licenta, asa ca la v2 a fost speaker o colega de-a mea de la Orange..care terminase ETTI. Era o tipa sub 30 de ani, care avansase foarte mult in firma si care m-a inspirat..asa ca am invitat-o sa vorbeasca despre asta in fac.
Si..cam atat pentru primul semestru al anului universitar 2012-2013. Practic, cam asa a inceput proiectul.
Dupa 2 editii, am vazut ca un astfel de eveniment poate fi foarte popular & am inceput sa ne gandim la metode de a-l face sustenabil. In paralel cu asta, au fost foarte multe discutii cu proful Popovici despre propunerile lui de a aduce speakeri. De asemenea, am inceput sa primim cereri de la alte firme, care doreau sa faca ceva similar cu prezentarea colegei mele de la Orange…asa ca efectiv, in primul an, proiectul a explodat.
Cererea era foarte mare & popularitatea la fel..si avand si o echipa foarte inchegata ne puteam permite sa facem practic orice. Numai in semestrul 2 al aceluiasi an, proiectul a evoluat de la a chema niste absolventi care sa vina sa vorbeasca studentilor despre ce se intampla cand vor termina facultatea, la…
CareerTeam reprezinta un proiect dezvoltat LSE care isi propune sa sprijine studentii in procesul lor de dezvoltare profesionala, sa inteleaga ce cariera li se potriveste & sa ajute companiile sa isi extinda echipele cu cei mai potriviti (nu neaparat cei mai buni) oameni.
Angajatorii (de la startupuri, la corporatii) ar trebui sa recruteze targetat – sa isi recruteze specialistii direct de la sursa – juniori din facultatile de profil sau seniori din comunitatile de alumni. In felul acesta isi eficientizeaza raporturile nr_aplicatii – nr_interviuri – nr_angajati_noi. Specialistii se pot dezvolta mai mult in comunitati, participand activ la prezentari ale oportunitatilor angajatorilor, pentru a intelege business-urile sau pentru a face schimb de knowledge.
Mijloacele de implementare a conceptului:
Conferinte, Open Days, Workshop-uri, Training Center, Surveys, Assesments, Hiring Tournaments, Teste online, Cursuri extracurriculare, Oportunitati internationale (internshipuri, programe de masterat, work&travel).
Ne petrecem 10 ore pe zi lucrand. Indiferent daca suntem familisti sau workaholici, job-ul joaca un rol foarte important in viata noastra – fericirea si sanatatea noastra si celor din jur, depind mai mult sau mai putin direct de ceea ce facem la job. Daca toti am avea un job pe care sa il facem cu placere, am fi mai fericiti. Daca angajatorii ar avea oameni mai fericiti, ar fi avea randament mai bun si ar fi mai fericite. Daca toata lumea este mai fericita, traim intr-o societate mai buna.