Alumni Advisory Board steering group discusses policies related to the School's alumni activities, external relations, and fundraising. The steering group consists of 10–14 alumni representatives from the various study programmes of the School of Business and from different fields of business. The steering group meets approximately four times per year.
School of Business Alumni Advisory Board member's story: Norbert Juhász
When and what did you study at Aalto University School of Business?
I studied in the International Business MSc program during 2010-2013 and in the CEMS MIM program during 2011-2013.
In which positions have you worked in your career?
Before starting my Master’s studies at Aalto, I had done a 1-month long Marketing Internship in Canada and a 9-month long work placement as Business Analyst in the UK.
During my studies in Finland, I worked part-time as Research Assistant at the School of Business International Business department for 6 months. Towards the end of my studies, I got admission to KONE’s International Trainee Program (ITP) as a Quality and Finance Trainee at Major Projects in Hyvinkää. From there, after graduation, I moved to Espoo into a Delivery Process Specialist role with a focus on Metrics and Analytics. I stayed at KONE for 4.5 years. From there, I moved to Fiskars Group where I still work as a Business Intelligence Manager.
In what ways have the studies been useful for your career? What is the significance of the major subject?
First of all, on the whole, my Master’s studies have been useful in that I gained a deeper business knowledge and developed a critical mindset to look at things. Also, it is often required for job applications to have a Master’s degree which my Aalto MSc degree fulfils. Secondly, more concretely from the content, getting practical skills with a particular BI tool during my CEMS Business Project provided some groundwork to become a KONE trainee. This set my initial career direction for me in Finland in the area of data and analytics.
For a foreign graduate who learns Finnish on an intermediate-level and who aims to get a job in English, career opportunities are substantially narrower compared to native Finnish students. If I had had the possibility to freely choose a career path in Finland (where I wanted to stay that time), I would have probably ended up in some other business field.
As far as I can see, many jobs get allocated in ways where degrees, or even equal opportunity for consideration, do not play a huge role in practice. If I had been a native Finnish speaker after graduation, I would be probably more enthusiastic about the overall usefulness of my studies because I would be likely to have encountered more open doors.
School of Business Alumni Advisory Board member Norbert Juhász
Being an alumnus means being part of a community and being part of a shared history with that community.
Share something memorable from the time when you were studying.
For this question, three things come to my mind very quickly. Firstly, the student life. It was a fantastic experience to be part of the Aalto student community. The student apartment block where I lived was vibrant of student activity and it was very international. I have to say that in many ways this has been one of the best periods in my life so far. Secondly, I very much enjoyed business competitions that I took part in together with fellow students. I made a few very good friends this way. It was great to travel and work on business cases. Finally, being a student in Finland and being able to do everything in English was not much short of miraculous. I have great respect for Finland for being multilingual, having Finnish and Swedish as official languages, but also English as a de facto third operational language. Most likely due to my background, experiencing this was very memorable to me.
In what ways should the current students take the changes in the business world into consideration in their studies?
I think that there are important trends that are worth to keep an eye on. These trends have future implications on our societies and therefore are worth to incorporate them into the studies in some way. Such trends would be for example the rising importance of sustainability (for instance, to help accelerate the response of business to stop/reverse climate change), artificial intelligence and digitalization (for instance, to help ensure that higher productivity will result in reduced income inequality), diversity and inclusion (for instance, to help promote equality in practice rather than equality in PR statements), and so on.
You are a member of the Alumni Advisory Board at the School of Business. What does being an alumnus mean to you?
I feel truly honoured that I was invited to join the Alumni Advisory Board. I am very happy that my background was seen valuable for the purpose to contribute to the development of the School of Business this way. Being an alumnus means being part of a community and being part of a shared history with that community. It is a relation that connects to the base definition of who I am and how I have become that person.
Is there something else that you would like to say?
I would like to thank Aalto University for the studies and the overall experience. I had the opportunity to learn from many exceptional professors and broadened my view on the world through them. I am happy to belong to the Aalto alumni community.
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