The international profile of the students was the biggest selling point for recruiters
For students, the Recruitment Fair can represent their first contact with the working world or a gateway to securing internships, so TBS organised the 2019 Recruitment Fair in Barcelona with this in mind. More than 20 world-renowned companies attended the event on 17 October, including Badi, PromoFarma, Le Méridien Barcelona and Talent Search People.
The third-year Bachelor in Management and Master’s Degree students got the chance to form first impressions as they talked with representatives from companies and, potentially, opened doorways to invaluable professional experience. “We have people who studied here currently working at our company,” pointed out Albert Querol, the representative from Talent Search People, an international human resources consultancy with offices in Barcelona, Madrid and Lisbon. "It all started with an internship and ended with an employment contract," said Querol.
It wasn’t the first time that Talent Search People had attended the fair but there were also many new faces at this year's event, such as office furniture manufacturer JG Group Buro SA. “Many of our employees in our export department are retiring, so we are seeking ambitious young people with foreign language skills and a desire to travel,” noted Josep Ribera, their Chief Customer Officer.
Along the same lines, Bárbara Valle, talent manager at pharmaceutical company PromoFarma, pointed out that "the current team is rather senior, individuals with extensive experience and many talents, but we need fresh minds too." She also wanted to emphasise the importance of languages at a company that is undergoing international expansion.
It is the international profile of the students that is the biggest attraction for recruiters. “We offer a real opportunity for internship students to stay with us or to take advantage of an international placement at one of our 7,000 hotels across the globe”, added Miriam Franco and Cristina Quílez, from hotel giant Le Méridien. They were both keen to stress English or French "as basic requirements" in an increasingly competitive labour market.