Take 60 motivated and inquiring students and fresh graduates together with a small team of enthusiastic organizing team, and you receive a successful and exciting Open Day that can be a beginning of a series of Career Days at SAP Hungary. The event – organized by University Alliances – was without doubt a challenge for us, but reading the positive and thankful feedbacks of the participants and managers, it worth all the hard work.
The goal of the day was not only collecting CVs, but also strengthening SAP Hungary’s employer brand that is a long-term strategy and requires great and continuous efforts. We could actually give an insight how it is to work at SAP, answer questions, learn more about the participants during the mini interviews and have fun together with the students and young professionals.
The morning part of the program included a welcome speech from Markus Hilken, Managing Director of SAP Labs & AGS Hungary, introductory presentations of the differentLoBs, a fun ice breaking quiz that enabled the students to learn more about SAP in a relaxed way, and an office tour to show where we live and work in Budapest.
„I found the Labs and Support introductions the most useful programs of the day, because wereceived firsthand information about the profiles of the departments, and what the teams are working on.”
„The Labs and Support introduction and the office tour was a great experience – I was feeling more and more that this is the company I would like to work for, and where I could improve my knowledge.”
„The quiz was great. On the one hand, we learned a lot about SAP, and on the other hand, we got to know each other with my team, and started to work together.”
After lunch, four teams were formed, and the participants were offered a 15-minutes long mini interview to have the first impression of everybody. The Marshmallow Challenge was a great opportunity to practice team work with complete strangers, and to have a brief insight of Design Thinking. During a 30 minutes Q&A with our young SAP colleague, the participants could learn the career path of him. HR colleagues also held a session about Career Management at SAP to teach more about the skills they need to have to work at SAP, and about the recruitment process.
„I enjoyed the interviews the most. I had a feeling that they took me seriously, and talked with me as a real candidate.”
„The interactive talk with the young professional was really inspiring. It was very useful to learn about the experiences of a guy of the same age.”
„My favourite program was the Marshmallow Challenge: it was fun, we could co-work with a complete stranger, and last but not least, our team won the contest with the highest spaghetti tower”
The event was finished with a Wrap up speech held by Adam Dudits, the head of UniversityAlliances CEE, Nordics, Baltics and CIS, and the attendants left the office with a nice SAP gift pack.
Based on the feedbacks, not only our guests enjoyed the programs, but the managers as well.
„Special thank you for the wide variety in programs and for the engagement in the organization for all the colleagues who contributed; the execution was as professional as the preparation, so the whole day was a success story. It was also a well example for high level cooperation within the different LOBs in SAP Hungary.”
„I’d like to thank for everyone who participated. Not just for the great organization but especially for the enthusiasm and kindness they showed during the event!”
„Was an excellent event! I got really nice feedbacks from the participants during the interviews,and this is my personal opinion too. I suggest having another round in September with the same program.”
Challenge 24: The world’s best programmers wanted!
SAP Hungary shows its commitment to young talent also via supporting Challenge 24, one of the most prestigious international programming competitions. This year, we were the main sponsor of the event in the second consecutive year.
By the way, what is Challenge 24?
This yearly competition has been organized already 14 times by MAVE, which is the Hungarian branch of EESTEC (Electrical Engineer Students European Association). Teams of 3 (mostly computer science students but also young professionals) participate in the online qualifying rounds, followed by the invitations for the 30 best teams to Budapest, where the finals take place. In the finals, the teams have exactly 24 hours to solve as many tasks as possible.
Challenge 24 is a fully global event. This year more than 500 teams from 60 countries participated in the qualifying rounds, and then 29 teams from 11 different countries and 3 continents traveled to Budapest for the finals. In 2014, the top 10 teams were representing Belarus, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia and Slovakia, the winning team being from Poland (named „PrecisionScrewdrivers”).
As another way of cooperation between SAP Hungary and the MAVE student association, there is an event series in Budapest every year where SAP as an employer is introduced to hundreds of undergraduate students, providing an excellent basis for the SAP trainee programme.
You can find more information about Challenge 24 on the www.ch24.org website.