AIM BUSINESS GRADUATES HYBRID CAREER FAIR ON OCT 17 AND 18!

  September 27, 2022

Mark your calendars for the first-ever AIM Business Graduates Hybrid Career Fair on Oct 17 and 18!

We invite you to join this 2-day event and get an opportunity to engage AIM talents through Networking sessions and the On-Campus Recruitment program – a chance to conduct on-the-spot interviews and initial assessments for pre-selected candidates.  

 

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Should you have any questions, kindly email careerservices@aim.edu for more details.

AIM RECOUNTS SUCCESS OF AIM-REACH IN SYMPLICITY WEBINAR

August 3, 2022

The Asian Institute of Management’s (AIM) Career Services Office (CSO) was invited by Symplicity Marketing Manager Daile Smith to present their experience with the Symplicity Career Services Management (CSM) system utilized to launch its career services platform earlier in the year.  The webinar was held on July 19, 2022 with directors, heads, and officers of at least 25 educational institutions from Australia and Southeast Asia in attendance. 

The Career Services Office of AIM conducted a successful two-day career fair in May for the Aboitiz School of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship using the new platform, AIM-REACH (AIM Recruitment, Employment, and Careers Hub) powered by Symplicity.  Over 110 students and alumni attended the affair with 27 sponsors and exhibitors participating, while over seven webinars were held. 

AIM-REACH engages students, alumni, partner companies, and recruiters with the Career Services Office, strengthening the network between all parties.  It also features all CSO information and programmes such as consultation, available positions, applications, and other upcoming events. 

During the webinar conducted by Symplicity entitled, “How the Asian Institute of Management leveraged CSM for Employer and Industry Engagement”, the CSO team explained how AIM-REACH benefited from the platform and shared the marketing campaigns used to implement the service.  The most maximized modules were Events, the Document Library, and Counseling, all of which continue to aid students to apply to job openings, access archives for past events, and tailor their consultation with the CSO for the positions they are seeking.  Future modules to be launched include a mentorship program, internship review, and on-campus recruitment allowing corporate partners to book, present, and hire at the institute.

The webinar showcased the seamless partnership between AIM and Symplicity, and the benefits both gained from the association.  AIM, as the foremost postgraduate school in the Philippines, and one of the top in Asia, is committed to continuous service and infrastructure improvement.  And Symplicity provides a 360-degree employability and student services solution to help streamline protocols and processes in student, alumni, and corporate partner engagement.

TECHNOVERSE: AIM Virtual Career Fair 2022

  May 24, 2022 Manila, Philippines (24 May 2022) — Explore career opportunities, meet, and connect with industry partners and leaders, participate in various career management sessions, and learn more about the latest updates in the technology and innovation sectors.

Other participating companies: 

Action Against Hunger
Citibank
DITO Telecommunity
Embiggen Consulting
Energy Regulatory Commission
GCash
Investree Philippines, Inc
Kyndryl Philippines
National Economic and Development Authority
Netbank
NielsenIQ
PSB Technology Services, Inc.
RealMe Philippines (Runto Technology Inc.)
ROC.PH
Shopee Philippines
Sumifru (Philippines) Corporation
Thakral One
Victorias Milling Corporation

Imagine a person being stuck in a place where he has no road map to get to his destination. He is lost and practically unprepared to face the possible hurdles he must get past. In fact, he wonders if he will ever make it to where he wants to go. This scenario is like a student who is not equipped to face the world of job hunting and career establishment. Fortunately for AIM students, this possible dire situation was addressed with the recently concluded 1st virtual career fair of 2022 entitled TechnoVerse: AIM Virtual Career Fair 2022 held from May 30 – 31, 2022. Career Services Office brought together three (3) industry experts to share their respective advice and insights for AIM students to succeed in their careers. The three (3) sessions held were the following: 1) A keynote speech from MBM 1996 alumnus Sridhar Ramaswamy, Senior Vice President of Lazada Group Singapore, 2) A Career Management Session entitled “Leveraging your Master’s Degree in a Job” with Arvin Ramos, Senior Recruitment Relationship Manager from Manila Recruitment, and 3) A Career Management Session entitled “Managing Offers and Decision – Making” with Albert Perez, Regional Director and Company Head – Philippines from Michael Page.

TechnoVerse: AIM Virtual Career Fair 2022 kicked off with a keynote speech from MBM 1996 alumnus Sridhar Ramaswamy, Senior Vice President of Lazada Group Singapore. Sridhar opened with the question “What would I tell my younger self?” as a retrospective reflection on how he would have done things differently if he were properly guided back in the days when he was still studying. Through this question, Sridhar drew out useful tips that he strongly believed AIM students must apply as they navigate the jungle of job hunting and career establishment.

Sridhar made use of the acronym A-I-M for easier recall of his advice for job searching. A-I-M stood for Adapt, Investigate, and Make Ready. A or Adapt meant tailoring one’s resume/curriculum vitae according to the job that a person is applying for. Tailoring is also defined as matching one’s background with the job requirements. Sridhar explained that this is done by using phrases from the job description to be echoed in one’s resume/curriculum vitae. This strategy would make one’s resume/curriculum vitae stand out more because there would be an alignment of one’s skills and experiences to the demands of the job. After A is I or Investigate. Investigate meant being a great salesperson. As per Sridhar, a great salesperson in the form of an applicant first asks questions, specifically about the company’s expectations from the ideal candidate they are looking for. This requires active listening on the part of the applicant as the company shares answers to asked questions. Once the applicant has a good grasp of the job based on the answers provided by the company, the applicant can then do his salesman’s pitch by using points from the answers to justify why he is fit for the role he is applying for. The last is M or Make Ready. Make Ready meant doing one’s homework; that is, finding out for himself everything there is to know about the company before the interview. This demanded research of important information about the company such as its products, leadership teams, competitors, strategies, and company culture. Through the gathered information, an applicant comes in the interview fully ready to answer questions and fully knowledgeable on what to expect should he get a job offer.

Sridhar also generously shared tips for those who are already working but are still adjusting to the world of work. These tips are the following: 1) Be strong, 2) Be humble, and 3) Look for opportunities with meaning and value. Sridhar expressed that when one begins his career, learning the ropes will be an uphill climb. Hence, one must strive to always be physically and mentally strong. Though this path will be very challenging, Sridhar assured that one will eventually find himself outrunning and outlasting himself, and perhaps even outrunning and outlasting others. In the end, being strong would eventually make a person triumphant in having stretched himself to his utmost capabilities. Moving on with the tip to be humble, Sridhar emphasized that a person is never alone in his journey to success. Therefore, a student must be grateful for all the people who have helped him get through his education. Humility too, as per Sridhar, is about being honest about one’s strengths and weaknesses so that one knows how else he can grow and continue learning to become a better person. Lastly, with the tip to look for opportunities with meaning and value, Sridhar disregarded the known phrase “following your passion”. Sridhar instead suggested that one should look for areas at work where purpose, meaning, and fulfillment can be found. This meant doing one’s work with full energy and attention in service of others. With this approach, Sridhar explained that a person is not limited to himself but instead, is called to a higher purpose in the work that he does. Only then, as per Sridhar, will passion come in and work would be deemed meaningful and valuable.

Building on Sridhar’s inspirational keynote speech was the 1st Career Management Session entitled “Leveraging your Master’s Degree in a Job” facilitated by Arvin Ramos, Senior Recruitment Relationship Manager from Manila Recruitment. In “Leveraging your Master’s Degree in a Job”, Arvin Ramos shared specific expectations of recruiters from a master’s degree holder followed by how these expectations can be managed by the graduates when seeking jobs. Arvin gave specific expectations from a master’s degree holder. From there, he weaved in practical strategies on how an AIM Master’s Degree graduate can successfully put himself in a position to be hired. More insights shared by Arvin were on a) how to build a solid narrative in one’s resume/curriculum vitae, b) how to network with people, c) how to prepare for each application, and d) how to build interest, competence, and intent in the job interview.

To provide a bird’s eye view of job hunting and career establishment, the 2nd Career Management Session entitled “Managing Offers and Decision – Making was conducted by Albert Perez, Regional Director and Company Head – Philippines from Michael Page. Albert explained the current macro and micro factors that affect an employee’s capacity to work. Albert laid out the factors behind the current trend of employee resignations, followed by the challenges of companies in recruiting talents. He also presented an overview of the factors that influence an employee’s decision to work. Given the new normal, Albert stressed that employees adapt to the hybrid work arrangement and more importantly, they give priority to their well–being. In fact, employees are more active in being responsible for their careers by upskilling and reskilling. Through these presented macro and micro factors, Albert gave a clear picture of the realities that AIM students will most likely have to face in the current world of work.

Though TechnoVerse: AIM Virtual Career Fair 2022 ran for 2 days only, Career Services Office successfully mounted value-added sessions to jumpstart the AIM students’ career success. From Sridhar’s generous advice on job hunting and career establishment, to Arvin’s explanation of concrete job-hunting strategies, and finally, to Albert’s presentation of realities in the world of work, the foundations for the AIM students’ road map to career success were solidly planted. This event is just the beginning of more worthwhile Career Services Office activities and programs that students and industry partners can truly benefit from.

AIM Career Services Office Holds IFC Career Talk

  April 27, 2022 Manila, Philippines (27 April 2022) — The Career Services Office (CSO) welcomed the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) again this year for a virtual career talk on 27 April 2022.

To prepare the graduating classes of 2022 with career options in the development sector, IFC representatives Conrado Perez, Sr. HR Business Partner for Asia Pacific Region (Hong Kong) and Ana Pimentel, Talent Acquisition Consultant (Washington D.C.) gave a presentation highlighting their twin goals – end poverty and boost shared prosperity by providing solutions in private sector development that addresses global challenges, and the diverse ways to join their organization.

“Great opportunities are there, are open to all of you and welcome to apply. Remember, our passion and our mission will be perhaps your passion and mission in the future.” as Conrado Perez encouraged AIM students to explore careers at IFC offering multicultural workplace and global opportunities with over 100 offices around the world. Ana Pimentel also added, “Everyone at IFC shares the same passion and mission for development and it’s really exciting to be connected by an overarching goal by having a career with impact in addressing the world’s challenging issues.”

We thank IFC and all the attendees in participating in this session and we hope to feature AIM alumni in the next session.

AIM Career Services Office conducts Virtual Presentation and Executive Presence Webinar

 

April 06, 2022

Manila, Philippines (06 April 2022) — The Career Services Office (CSO) concluded a session on virtual presentation and executive presence as part of its Championing Your Career (CYC) Program. The guest speaker, Accenture’s HR Strategy Lead (Technology), Mr. Oscar “OJ” Lim Fudalan Jr. facilitated the session entitled Executive Presence through the Lens of Great Presentations for the MBA Class of 2022.

As part of self-branding in the 4-step career strategy, this session aims to help students prepare to deliver virtual presentations effectively. Fundalan gave an insightful and engaging talk highlighting key concepts and ideas in creating powerful presentations and how this ultimately impacts one’s executive presence.

“Learners are typically multi-modal, and most learners grasp your point especially if you use a variety of medium or media. Something they see and while they see it, you are saying it, in some sessions you let them experience it. Without visual support, it can affect the presentation to some audience members. If you are still in your journey to becoming a great storyteller, visual support is needed,” Fundalan said.

Participants of the session got to review the frameworks of improving communication and presentation skills that are anchored in the executive presence principles. Students learned key ideas on virtual presentations in the new normal – from planning, preparing, practicing, and performing. Practical question guides on how to create powerful opening, body, and closing (OBC) as part of the presentation are simple yet helpful ways to take one’s presentation a notch higher.

The Championing Your Career Program (CYC) is a four-module course with lecture and practice sessions designed to give MBA students a good start in the process of career planning and development. This involves thoughtful self-assessment, career exploration, planning, and follow-through with preliminary employment strategies. This initiative focuses on fulfilling an individual’s personal and professional development goals through close monitoring of students’ participation and individual outputs per module.

Championing Your Career: Cutting Edge Resume

 

March 25, 2022

Manila, Philippines (25 March 2022) — The Career Services Office (CSO) continues the rollout of its Championing Your Career Program with another session held on 23 March, entitled Cutting Edge Resume and Cover Letter Writing.

This activity was hosted in collaboration with Opti/Write, a content solutions company that provides support and tools for job seekers and entrepreneurs so they can stand out in the job market.

Cheri Lynne Venegas, Co-Founder and Chief of Marketing at Opti/Write, discussed practical tips on common resume mistakes to avoid and showed participants how to revamp resumes to make them applicant tracking system (ATS)-proof. She shares, “To stand out in a sea of qualified applicants, job seekers must think like a marketer. Treat the job hunt like a marketing campaign. Any campaign starts by knowing your target.”

Meanwhile, Liselle Flipphi, Co-Founder and Chief of Content at Opti/Write, also emphasized the importance and power of LinkedIn. She shared some insights about the value of the jobseeker’s online footprint to ensure the consistency of personal branding. She also provided a LinkedIn profile checklist to help participants maximize engagement and networking on the platform.

The key takeaways for participants were practical tips in improving their resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles. Opti/Write also provided complementary resume and LinkedIn audit services for all the attendees.

The Championing Your Career Program (CYC) is a four-module course with lecture and practice sessions designed to give MBA students a good start in the process of career planning and development. This involves thoughtful self-assessment, career exploration, planning, and follow-through with preliminary employment strategies. This initiative focuses on fulfilling an individual’s personal and professional development goals through close monitoring of students’ participation and individual outputs per module.

CSO Mentorship Program C2 Closing Post-Event

 

March 8, 2022

Manila, Philippines (08 March 2022) — The Career Services Office (CSO) celebrated the completion of the Mentorship Program Cycle 2 with a closing ceremony event on 28 February 2022.

CSO Director Jade Galvan emphasized the value of the mentorship program for both mentors & mentees in her opening remarks. “To our mentors, we hope you found personal fulfillment in framing our younger generation’s mindset to focus better and to make an impact on others. To our mentees, thank you for being driven to take this challenge – exposing yourself to leadership,” Galvan said.

Participants of the program shared how the new network and the structured support from the program has benefited their career planning. Some mentors also shared the highlights of their mentoring experiences.

Alumni Relations Office (ARO) Managing Director Bernie Jiao was also present at the ceremony to share an inspirational message. He said, “It will be the greatest gift to your mentors and AIM if you take it upon yourself to pay it forward and help the next generations of students by becoming mentors yourself.”

The AIM Career Services Office team would like to thank all participants for their attendance and wish them good luck in the future!

View the Mentorship Program Cycle 2 souvenir through this link.

AIM Career Services Office Holds Career Resilience Webinar 

 

February 15, 2022

Makati, Philippines (15 February 2022) — The Career Services Office (CSO) of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) conducted a Zoom webinar called Building Career Resilience in Thriving Industries on 09 February 2022. The webinar sought to facilitate conversations about how difficult times like the pandemic can shape people in significant ways.

The session covered topics like the meaning of career resilience across various industries, as well as learning how to adjust during major disruptions, and developing the right skillset and competencies in facing uncertain times.

This webinar featured resource persons from local businesses, government, and multinational corporations. Guest speakers included Craig Houliston, Regional Director for NielsenIQ Singapore, Bjarni Herrera Thorisson, Head of Sustainability for KPMG Iceland, Abul Khayr Amalon M. Alonto II, Department Head of Public-Private Partnership & Investment Center for the provincial government of Bataan, and Alexander Capulong, Country Manager for Investree Philippines.

The event was moderated by Gerry Santamaria, PhD, Academic Program Director fo r Master’s in Business Administration at the Washington SyCip Graduate School of Business and Faculty Lead for CSO’s Championing Your Career program.

CSO designed the webinar to be an interactive forum to help students engage. Towards the end of the webinar, students had the opportunity to ask any questions they had for the panelists and glean insights that they can apply to their own careers.

CSO helps AIM students recognize their strengths and interests, clarify career goals, discover employment opportunities, and expand their network across industries. CSO offers one-on-one career coaching, career management sessions, employment opportunities, and access to career development resources to help them reach their professional goals. For more information, visit https://wsgsb.aim.edu/career-services/ or email careerservices@aim.edu.

AIM Career Services Office Cultivates 47 Mentorship Pairs in Cycle 3 

 

February 14, 2022

Makati, Philippines (14 February 2022) — The Career Services Office (CSO) of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) hosted an online launch event for the third cycle of its mentorship program on 31 January 2022.

The mentorship program connects AIM students with alumni mentors who can offer guidance to help students achieve their career goals. 47 successful mentor-mentee matches were made in the third cycle. The mentors come from various industries including fintech, IT, agriculture, technology, real estate, fast-moving consumer goods, manufacturing, and education. The mentorship program will run from January to July 2022 to allow mentors and students to establish a meaningful mentoring relationship.

“To our mentors, we are grateful for your time and your openness in sharing your experience with our AIM talents. To our mentees, we look forward to hearing from you. We know you are passionate about your career aspirations, and we hope you take advantage of this opportunity. We look forward to seeing your success as you progress in your mentorship journey throughout the next 6 months,” said Career Services Director, Lucille Jade Galvan.

CSO helps AIM students recognize their strengths and interests, clarify career goals, discover employment opportunities, and expand their network across industries. CSO offers one-on-one career coaching, career management sessions, employment opportunities, and access to career development resources to help them reach their professional goals.

For more information, visit https://wsgsb.aim.edu/career-services/ or email careerservices@aim.edu.

AIM Career Services Office Hosts Panel Discussion with Mentors from Mentorship Program 

 

January 28, 2022

AIM Career Services Office Hosts Panel Discussion with Mentors from Mentorship Program

Makati, Philippines (28 January 2022) — The Career Services Office (CSO) of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) hosted a webinar called Mentor’s Panel Discussion on 17 January 2022. The webinar covered the advantages of becoming a mentor under the CSO’s Mentorship Program. 

The goal of the Mentorship Program is to help AIM students enhance their knowledge, skills, and confidence to meet challenges and become leaders in their professional careers.  

The webinar was hosted by AIM alumnus of the Executive Master in Business Administration program, Michael Sherwin Macatangay, Founder and CEO of One A-TEAMS Consultants, Chairman of the Asian Institute of Management Alumni Association, and Board Director of the Israel Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines.  

The three guest panelists featured in the event were John Carlo Sampan, Marketing Specialist and Business Development Head at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Joy Santamarina, Chief Transformation Officer at Energy Development Corporation, and Jed Bellen, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Bellen Management Consulting.  

“Mentoring is a proven approach to drive rich learning and development, for both mentees and mentors,” Macatangay said, as he opened the panel discussion. 

Santamarina reflected on how no one’s life journey is linear. “People are lucky if they have mentors that will help guide them, because at some point, it’s not so much to clear the path for a mentee, but to guide the mentee … how to navigate the paths in their lives,” she says. 

Sampan, Santamarina, and Bellen recounted their experiences becoming mentors within the CSO Mentorship Program. They shared that their motivations were driven by the benefits they had received when they were once student mentees at AIM. They urged mentees to build trust and rapport with their mentors through authenticity, empathy, and honesty.  

The event ended with a live question-and-answer session between the audience and the panelists. 

CSO helps AIM students recognize their strengths and interests, clarify career goals, discover employment opportunities, and expand their network across industries. CSO offers one-on-one career coaching, career management sessions, employment opportunities, and access to career development resources to help them reach their professional goals. For more information, visit https://wsgsb.aim.edu/career-services/ or email careerservices@aim.edu

AIM Career Services Office Hosts Webinar On Successful WFH Arrangements

 

January 25, 2022

AIM Career Services Office Hosts Webinar On Successful WFH Arrangements

Makati, Philippines (25 January 2022) — The Career Services Office (CSO) of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) hosted an online Zoom webinar called Click! Global Webinar: Building Success through WFH Arrangements on 20 January 2022. The webinar covered several questions revolving around working from home, such as its advantages and disadvantages, management and leadership skills, and recommended strategies for effectively managing working from home.

This webinar is the fourth session under CSO’s Click! Program Learning Series. Click! aims to build a strong network and foster partnerships among local and international human resource practitioners across industries. The program aims to help HR practitioners improve their skills, expand their networks, and increase their knowledge.

The webinar featured Albert Perez, Country Director for the Philippines at Michael Page as a guest speaker. Perez brings 19 years of experience in human resources while working for multinational companies, Nicholson International and the Michael Page.

The event was moderated by Maria Eulalia Herrera, PhD, adjunct faculty professor and Director of Program Delivery and Client Satisfaction at the School of Executive Education and Lifelong Learning (SEELL). Herrera has over 30 years of experience as a human resources practitioner, having spearheaded leadership programs and initiatives in organizational behavior and training.

As a leader, Perez emphasizes the importance of tracking employees’ productivity the right way. “We shouldn’t be measuring people because of time and connection, we should measure people by SMART goals,” he said.

When discussing how to make work-from-home arrangements successful for everyone, Perez said, “Flexibility is not working from home, flexibility is allowing the employees to do their job – considering what the people think is an important thing, and making decisions considering their opinions, make sure your work is efficient and productive, enjoy more of personal life as well.”

Of all the sessions hosted under the Click! Program, this session is the first to be conducted in a question-and-answer format. Participants had the opportunity to ask their questions and converse in real time with the Perez and Herrera. It garnered 250 total attendees spanning 20 countries, including the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Cambodia, Pakistan, and Vietnam.

CSO helps AIM students recognize their strengths and interests, clarify career goals, discover employment opportunities, and expand their network across industries. CSO offers one-on-one career coaching, career management sessions, employment opportunities, and access to career development resources to help them reach their professional goals. For more information, visit https://wsgsb.aim.edu/career-services/ or email careerservices@aim.edu.

Career Services holds ASITE Virtual Networking Event

 

December 9, 2021

Career Services holds ASITE Virtual Networking Event

On 9 December 2021, The Career Services Office (CSO) held the first-ever Virtual Networking Event for the Aboitiz School of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (ASITE). The event included ASITE students and alumni and 12 industry partners. Professor Christopher Monterola, PhD, Head of ASITE, was also present to formally open the event. Accenture Philippines and the European Chambers of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) were the major partners for the event.

During the event, participants had the opportunity to meet and network with industry partners to discuss various topics, including career opportunities, industry insights, partnership, and collaboration.

The event was also graced by the professionals from Johnson & Johnson, Cloud Eats, Embiggen Consulting, Optum, Fintastech, Uber, GMI Zarhak, Atalian Global and Swiss-bel Hotel 

CSO would like to thank all its partners and students who participated in the ASITE Virtual Networking event.

Career Services holds ASITE Virtual Networking Event

Career Services holds ASITE Virtual Networking Event

Career Services holds ASITE Virtual Networking Event

Career Services holds ASITE Virtual Networking Event

Career Services holds ASITE Virtual Networking Event

AIM Career Services Office holds first CLICK! Global Event  

AIM Career Services Office holds first CLICK! Global Event

 

 

Manila, Philippines (2 January 2022) – The Career Services Office (CSO) at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) will be launching the fourth installment of its Click! Global webinar series on 20 January 2022 entitled Building Success through Flexible Work Arrangements with Albert Perez, Regional Director at Michael Page Philippines. This is the first in the series featuring international HR partners.

Building Success through Flexible Work Arrangements will tackle topics like managing remote work setups, the challenges that come with it, as well as how to implement it successfully at an organizational level.

Perez has over 19 years of professional experience in human resources. As a director at Michael Page, Perez oversees three areas: HR, Procurement & Logistics, and BPO & Shared Services Centre. He is focused on the development and coordination of major projects for international and local companies of various sizes and stages, and recruitment.

CSO launched the Click! Global webinar series to serve as a central knowledge hub for HR practitioners build on and improve their skills, expand their professional networks, and contribute to new knowledge in the industry.

To register for this FREE event, go to https://forms.office.com/r/PJHXVx6N77.

CSO helps AIM students recognize their strengths and interests, clarify career goals, discover employment opportunities, and expand their network across industries. CSO offers one-on-one career coaching, career management sessions, employment opportunities, and access to career development resources to help them reach their professional goals. For more information, visit https://wsgsb.aim.edu/career-services/ or email careerservices@aim.edu.

Career Services Office launches new student job platform, AIM-REACH

Career Services Office launches new student job platform, AIM-REACH

 

Manila, Philippines (3 December 2021) — The Career Services Office at the Asian Institute of Management will be launching its new job matching platform, Asian Institute of Management Recruitment, Employment, and Careers Hub (AIM-REACH), for all its students in January 2022.

AIM-REACH will function as a complete suite of career development services to engage and support students in the career search process. Upon accessing their account, students can search and apply for jobs. The AI-enabled job search system that is integrated into the platform streamlines and customizes this experience to match students with opportunities that best align with their goals and skillsets.

The application process is more convenient as students can upload, update, and store their professional documents directly onto the platform. Additional features such as resume builders and interview and job trackers are included for convenience and centralized organization. Industry partners and employers can likewise post job listings and organizational profiles and communicate with applicants directly on AIM-REACH for a seamless experience.

The platform also allows students to register and manage any networking opportunities and events of interest to them. They will be able to access career development resources, mentorship programs, and register for career services events – on-site or virtual. Students can attend virtual recruitment events that are being hosted by companies directly through AIM-REACH. The platform makes it easy for students, employers, and AIM staff to communicate and build relationships.

AIM-REACH is enabled by Symplicity, a popular all-around employability and student services suite. Its seamless integration and numerous features help AIM students prepare for future jobs and workplaces, expand their networks, and propel them into the right career.

CSO helps AIM students recognize their strengths and interests, clarify career goals, discover employment opportunities, and expand their network across industries. CSO offers one-on-one career advising, career management sessions, employment opportunities, and access to career development resources to help them reach their professional goals. For more information, visit https://wsgsb.aim.edu/career-services/ or email careerservices@aim.edu.

 

 

AIM Career Services Office hosts webinar on sustainable finance

The Career Services Office (CSO) of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) hosted an online Zoom webinar called Sustainable Finance Webinar: Organizational Structure and Careers in the Industry on 24 November 2021. The webinar covered discussions on the practical applications of sustainable finance, the composition of strategic business units and its role in an organization, the necessary skills to be successful in a sustainable finance role, and career projections.

CSO held the webinar to help AIM students deepen their understanding of sustainability in finance, career options, and build their networks.

AIM Career Services Office hosts webinar on sustainable finance

The webinar featured Dave Jesus Devilles, Head of Sustainability at UnionBank, Elizabeth Coronel, First Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Banking Group at RCBC, and Nikki Lizares, Senior AVP of Sustainability at Security Bank as guest speakers. Devilles, Coronel, and Lizares each provided an overview of how their organizations are implementing sustainability in their work. Also present during the event was Professor Felipe Calderon, PhD, Head of the Washington SyCip Graduate School of Business.

During his discussion, Devilles highlighted UnionBank’s focus on sustainability. “We believe that digital technology and innovation can enable people to co-create innovations with us; and the end result we want to envision and achieve is that they can co-design products with us that can lead to a better planet,” said Devilles.

“Sustainability is preparing the future generation to be able to meet their needs,” said Coronel in her closing remarks. “You don’t have to be a banker, or a sustainability officer, to be able to practice sustainability.”

CSO helps AIM students recognize their strengths and interests, clarify career goals, discover employment opportunities, and expand their network across industries. CSO offers one-on-one career coaching, career management sessions, employment opportunities, and access to career development resources to help them reach their professional goals. For more information, visit https://wsgsb.aim.edu/career-services/ or email careerservices@aim.edu.

Virtual Career Fair: Video Testimonials

Hear it from the participants of the first-ever AIM’s Virtual Career Fair, from students, alumni to employers as they share their testimonies on how they benefited by attending the event.

Kickstart your development career track at Global Development Career Fair

 

October 25-27, 2021

career fair

EVENT OVERVIEW

The Career Services Office (CSO) will be hosting its second virtual career fair, Global Development Career Fair, on 25-27 October 2021. This event is dedicated to our graduating students of Master in Development Management (MDM) and Executive Master of Disaster Risk and Crisis Management (EMDRCM) under the Stephen Zuellig School of Development Management to interact among AIM recent graduates, and employers – opportunity to learn about the companies, discover available positions and meet industry leaders. It will also be participated by AIM’s industry partner organizations and attended by the pool of students and successful alumni across all our degree programs.

In this 3-day event, AIM CSO will be hosting a series of webinars and networking opportunities for the participants. Guest speakers will cover topics on changes in the sector during the pandemic, honing presentation skills for virtual settings, and developing salary negotiation skills.  

Here are a few of the confirmed organizations in attendance:

  • Asian Development Bank
  • The Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation
  • PCDN.global, Columbia
  • World Vision International
  • BRAC Bangladesh
  • Embiggen Consulting
  • MSCI, Inc.
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

 

 By choosing to participate as an employer, you will be able to:

  • Access diverse professional candidates
  • Promptly grow your applicant pool
  • Increase chances of finding the right talents
  • Save time and cost in talent search
  • Boost employer brand awareness

 

As jobseekers, you will be able to:

  • Meet top employers from thriving industries
  • Network with company representatives and leaders
  • Find multiple opportunities in one location
  • Virtual interactions with employers
  • Make important connections
  • Receive valuable advice from company representatives and leaders

For companies interested in partnering with us for this event, please email us at careerservices@aim.edu.

Contact – Career Services Office

Register Here

AIM Career Services Office invites Triston Francis of Boston Consulting Group for webinar on leadership in consulting

 

October 13, 2021

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The Career Services Office (CSO) of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in partnership with Boston Consulting Group hosted an online Zoom webinar called Leadership in Consulting – the Hows and Whys on 13 October 2021. This webinar was organized specifically for AIM students who may be interested in pursuing a career in consulting.

The webinar featured Triston Francis, Design Manager at the Leadership Institute of Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The Leadership Institute of Boston Consulting Group is an executive education program dedicated to chief executive officers of BCG leading Asia Pacific-based clients. He has worked as a researcher and an associate at Harvard Business School and Morgan Stanley’s multicultural client strategy team, respectively. ​Francis honed his expertise from years of experience in investment banking, sales, and training. He organizes monthly professional development events and supports nonprofits working in the professional development space.

“Consulting is very demanding in terms of the number of hours and so forth,” said Francis. “So, for anybody that’s thinking about going into it, in addition to learning about the actual role, it’s helpful to think about tactics for how you’ll achieve balance while in the role.”

The discussion covered Francis’ professional experiences in consulting over the years. He provided anecdotes and tips that helped him overcome obstacles on introversion and leadership, staying motivated in demanding careers like management consulting, and overcoming mental barriers. Francis encouraged introverts like him working in the consulting industry to practice intentionality. He also talked about drawing boundaries and defining what work-life balance looks like for every person. These are tools that consultants can use to manage their time, prevent burnout, and care for their mental health.

CSO helps AIM students recognize their strengths and interests, clarify career goals, discover employment opportunities, and expand their network across industries. CSO offers one-on-one career coaching, career management sessions, employment opportunities, and access to career development resources to help them reach their professional goals. For more information, visit https://wsgsb.aim.edu/career-services/ or email careerservices@aim.edu.

AIM Career Services Office hosts a webinar on circular cities and economies

 

October 6, 2021

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The Career Services Office (CSO) of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in partnership with RENERGii and Circular Cities Asia hosted an online Zoom webinar called Innovating for Circular Cities & Careers in the Circular Economy on 6 October 2021.

The webinar featured AIM alumnus Shiva Susarla, Founder of RENERGii and Circular Cities Asia, and Roleen Sevillena, Program Manager of Circular Cities Asia.

RENERGii is a venture studio and innovation firm based in Singapore. Their focus areas are circular food production, logistics, and consumption. Susarla has a background in cleantech investing. He worked with startups in various capacities for several years before shifting his focus to fostering innovation in the areas of urban circular economies and sustainability. Sevillena worked in environmental education and communications before joining Circular Cities Asia.

“There are jobs being generated in consultancies… in circular economy, sustainability practices, you cannot escape the space… It’s expected that the next 15 to 20 years will be the age of clean tech,” said Susarla.

Susarla and Sevillena discussed their work at both organizations, as well as the circular economy model and various approaches, the current landscape and emerging trends on circular economies in Asia, and challenges in building circular cities.

CSO helps AIM students recognize their strengths and interests, clarify career goals, discover employment opportunities, and expand their network across industries. CSO offers one-on-one career coaching, career management sessions, employment opportunities, and access to career development resources to help them reach their professional goals. For more information, visit https://wsgsb.aim.edu/career-services/ or email careerservices@aim.edu.

AIM Career Services Office hosts webinar on salary negotiations for changing job market

 

October 7, 2021

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The Career Services Office (CSO) of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in partnership with Manila Recruitment hosted an online Zoom webinar called Managing Salary Expectations During the Time of Covid on 7 October 2021 specifically for graduating students and recent graduates who are navigating job prospects.

The CSO decided to host this webinar after receiving several inquiries from students seeking assistance on how to negotiate salaries as many young professionals are struggling to discuss compensation confidently with their employers.

The webinar featured Arvin Ramos, Senior Recruitment Relationship Manager at Manila Recruitment. He is an expert in employer branding, talent acquisition, training, and organizational development. He draws on comprehensive experience from several industries, including fast-moving consumer goods, manufacturing, BPO, and fintech.

Ramos is passionate about helping Filipinos address their skills gaps. He conducts learning sessions and workshops to raise awareness about the necessary skills for Filipinos to increase their employability in the job market.

“Regardless of the uncertainty of the market, regardless of certain structural disadvantages in the market because of the pandemic… make sure you are clear about your value as an employee and the value that you will create,” said Ramos.

Ramos covered topics such as the pandemic’s influence on hiring and compensation decisions and how candidates can strategically respond to these changes. Many factors have caused a reduction in labor demand for companies since 2020. This reduced demand has created an oversupply of labor in the market. As a result, companies have become more selective about the talent they are hiring. The key takeaways from Ramos’ session are:

  • Hiring and compensation decisions are influenced by disruptions as a result of the pandemic, such as financial constraints faced by companies
  • Candidates must empathize with companies who are adopting these new practices and responses
  • Candidates should seek out opportunities that are the right fit for their culture and skillsets, and create value and remain competitive 

CSO helps AIM students recognize their strengths and interests, clarify career goals, discover employment opportunities, and expand their network across industries. CSO offers one-on-one career coaching, career management sessions, employment opportunities, and access to career development resources to help them reach their professional goals. For more information, visit https://wsgsb.aim.edu/career-services/ or email careerservices@aim.edu.

AIM Career Services Office hosts a webinar on emotionally intelligent leadership

 

October 6, 2021

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The Career Services Office (CSO) of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in partnership with La Vie Institute hosted an online Zoom webinar called Your Leadership Lens through Emotional Intelligence on 6 October 2021.

The webinar featured Monica Muñoz, Program Director of La Vie Institute. La Vie Institute is the Philippines’ only provider of total personality development programs, dedicated to developing emotional intelligence, growth mindset, critical thinking, presence and communication skills.

​Muñoz is an emotional quotient (EQ) practitioner certified by Six Seconds, an international nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness on emotional intelligence. She draws from 15 years of experience as an educator and working as a peer facilitator for anxiety and depression at Flourish Circle, community-based initiative for people experiencing mental health issues. Muñoz is dedicated to working with individuals, organizations, and families to enrich their lives. She has worked with young children, and primary and secondary level students.

“Emotions actually are data,” said Muñoz. “At the end of the day, your emotions function for it to bring data to you so that you can consider it when you are about to act towards whatever stimulus is happening your way.”

The discussion covered topics on how emotions drive one’s energy, focus, and self-control, tips for aligning personal values and objectives with one’s team, and how to recalibrate and manage emotions for developing leadership skills. She discussed the importance of understanding emotional quotients and how these affect one’s self-awareness and leadership.

CSO helps AIM students recognize their strengths and interests, clarify career goals, discover employment opportunities, and expand their network across industries. CSO offers one-on-one career coaching, career management sessions, employment opportunities, and access to career development resources to help them reach their professional goals. For more information, visit https://wsgsb.aim.edu/career-services/ or email careerservices@aim.edu.

The Career Services Office successfully launched the second cycle of its Mentorship Program last 21 August 2021.

 

August 21, 2021

Career Mentorship

The Mentorship Program aims to guide students throughout their career journey by connecting them with mentors who can impart their industry knowledge and experience. Mentors also gain networking opportunities and fresh perspectives from their student-mentees.

Mentorship Program Project Leader, Marco Cabrera, provided an overview of the roles of Mentees and Mentors, key program milestones and timelines, availability of mentoring tools, and support. The program also included an interactive activity between mentors and mentees, who were divided into different breakout rooms as an opportunity to network with one another.

The event turnout saw a drastic increase in attendees from the first cycle. The number of mentors and mentees rose from 9 Mentors and 11 Mentees to 35 Mentors and 36 Mentees for the second cycle of the Mentorship Program.

CSO helps AIM students recognize their strengths and interests, clarify career goals, discover employment opportunities, and expand their network across industries. CSO offers one-on-one career coaching, career management sessions, employment opportunities, and access to career development resources to help them reach their professional goals. For more information, visit https://wsgsb.aim.edu/career-services/ or email careerservices@aim.edu.

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AIM holds 1st Virtual Career Fair

 

July 9, 2021

OVERVIEW

To kickstart the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) On-Campus Recruitment Season 2021, a virtual career fair—the first for AIM—was organized by the Career Services Office last 23 June 2021.

A total of 35 companies joined the event as exhibitors and opened over 180 job opportunities in various industries, exclusively for AIM students and alumni.

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AIM Career Fair 2021

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June 23, 2021

 

OVERVIEW 

The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly affected the student-employer interactions. Now more than ever, universities need to adapt to the new normal and embrace the technology-driven world.

As we are gearing up for the employment season of AIM Classes of 2021 graduating students, the Career Services Office of the Asian Institute of Management is organizing its first virtual career fair on June 23, 2021.

 

EVENT OBJECTIVES

The Career Services Office is organizing a virtual career fair to allow direct interactions among AIM graduating students, recent graduates, and employers – opportunity to learn about the companies, discover available positions and meet industry leaders.

By choosing to participate as an employer, you will be able to:

  • Access diverse professional candidates
  • Promptly grow your applicant pool
  • Increase chances of finding the right talents
  • Cost efficient and save time
  • Boost employer brand awareness

 

As jobseekers, you will be able to:

  • Meet top employers from thriving industries
  • Network with company representatives and leaders
  • Find multiple opportunities in one location
  • Virtual interactions with employers
  • Make important connections
  • Receive valuable advice from company representatives and leaders

Future of Work

May 5, 2021

AIM’s final segment of the three-part Career Webinar Series entitled “Future of Work” took place on May 5, 2021, framing the urgency of developing human capital to meet the pressing challenges of the changing nature of work. 

Topics revolved around business resilience, artificial intelligence, new technologies, digital economy, jobs of the future, up/re-skilling, and sustainability, among others. 

The event featured Mariel Metzker (Sealand – A Maersk Company), Adrian Tan (Institute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP) Singapore), Peta Nicholas (PageGroup Australia), Patt Soyao (Icon Executive Asia), and Godelieve van Dooren (Mercer Singapore) as panelists, with AIM Faculty Prof. Gerry Santamaria moderating the discussion. Dr. Jikyeong Kang also graced the occasion and gave the Opening Remarks. 

Supplementing  AIM’s academic rigour and strong partnerships, the audience learned from the expertise and vast global experience of the panelists in extrapolating what could happen in the world of work and how to move toward inclusive, sustainable growth while leveraging on technology. 
 
By tuning in and having an open mind, the audience had the opportunity to share and dialogue with faculty and experts from around the world – enterprising practitioners and those in the private sector – to gain insights on their forward-thinking approaches by emphasizing new skill sets and work competencies required of the “new normal’s” highly adaptive talents. 

Key skills highlighted by the panelists include agility, sense-making, communication, collaboration, visibility/strong personal branding, and a generalist mindset. 

CEO Speak

April 21, 2021

Gathering C-Suite leaders is not easy, but AIM, through the Career Services Office, was fortunate enough to hold a panel webinar entitled “CEO Speak” on April 21, 2021, with over 100 students and alumni tuned in from different parts of the globe.  

The panelists were carefully chosen – those who reflect the same career trajectory that our students and alumni wish to achieve.  

The first panelist, Gabby Blaza, holds multiple top management positions in the industrial businesses of the Ayala Group. Like most, he had a plan – until he got punched right in the face! The financial crisis derailed his plans, impacting his MBA and career journey. But a leap of faith is sometimes necessary, even if the road seems unclear, and you’ll never know where life might lead you. It was never a plan to become a CFO nor Chief Strategy Office but those fleeting opportunities were unlocked along the way because of three key factors he exemplified and shared. First is “Patience”- that life is a marathon and not a sprint; the second is “People”- build connections organically and learn to develop empathy in everything you do; and third is “Luck”- hard work is only half the battle, so be ready to make your own luck, too.  Luck is simply where preparation meets opportunity. 

Jaime Agustines, however, has a different story. He worked starting from the ground up, spending years in each job function of their family business. And he quotes, “In order to lead the troops, you need to be one of them”, meaning that to become a good leader, immersion is key. He worked outside the family business for five years where he learned having different perspectives, to be an employee and not the boss and these combined experiences mold him to where he is today. A very touching moment was during the celebration of their 100 years in business, an employee came up to him saying that their family was able to pull out from poverty because of them, and this holds true to Jaime’s mom’s teachings – the stewardship of the business in order to grow is to provide more opportunities for more Filipinos that they can better their lives. 

Another panelist is Manny Rubio with a very inspiring humble beginning. “Being appointed as the first non-Aboitiz President and CEO of the group’s largest is such an honor but is also comes with huge responsibilities” as Rubio quoted. He grew up having nothing much except for the strong drive to succeed. It is the “why not and I can” mindset that helped shape his leadership, and a combination of support from family, friends, teams and mentors throughout the years. Manny shared 3 rules of leadership that propelled him to greater heights while keeping himself grounded at the same time, #1 Look for a good mentor or role model and learn from them, it’s up to you who you would allow to influence you personally and professionally. #2 Lead from the front and lead by example and lastly, #3 Learn from your setbacks and come back stronger. Leaving behind this question, if you aspire to be a good leader, you must ask first, what for you is a good leader? 

Joshua Aragon is the youngest among the panelists but harvested multiple achievements from being a student to becoming an entrepreneur. At AIM, he was trained to become a solution seller, solve problems, and create beautiful ideas. He imparted Three key takeaways to guide AIM students and alumni; always bring a mindset of solving problems, applying business theories and principles in real life application and building s strong network of business mentors. as his final word specially for aspiring entrepreneurs, “In every star-up, your goal is not for perfection, we are going for recovery time. Just like an athlete in his perfect prime, he still gets exhausted at his peak and still makes mistakes. But you need to develop your stamina to keep going at your own rhythm and hopefully make it successful.”  

Joining us too is the only woman in the panel, Dr. Kartika Antono all the way from Indonesia. After completing the AIM Master in Management program in 1989, she focused on value creation for stakeholders, for the community and the environment. The journey as a woman in a leadership position was not easy, her ability to lead an organization was questioned and underestimated her performance. Her drive in building confidence of the stakeholders through value creation and effective communication were the key to her successes. She is inspired by a quote from R.A. Kartini, a prominent Indonesian national hero who pioneered women education and rights for Indonesians, “Never give up if you still want to try, don’t let regret come because you are one step away from winning.” 

Last but not the least was Prof. Albert Mateo, who achieved numerous milestones in his career. He owes it to his master’s degree that helped carry off his career goals in life. Albert began reaping the fruits of his MBA 18 months after graduating and working for a fortune 50 company, from being a highly introverted person to becoming an agile leader. One key instilled in him and he quotes “Don’t compare yourself with others, because definitely different people have different tracks and we make different choices.” The immense advantage of having a master’s degree is the massive opportunity to add value to any organization that you will eventually join. “I value experiences more than salary. I give more value to the experience that I can get, the value that it can bring to my career” he added. To cap off the session, he challenged everyone by building more ladders for other people to climb- the single most happiness of being a true leader. 

AIM Click! Program 

April 20, 2021

Investing in business relationships includes appreciating the challenges you encounter along the way.  Any kind of partnership will wither if not given deliberate attention, open communication, and commitment that mutually benefit involved parties. 

The Career Services Office (CSO) innovates its industry partnership through Click!, launched on April 20, 2021, with over 40 attendees actively participating. Click! aims to build a strong network among HR practitioners across all industries in the local and international scene. Through Click!, we want to be recognized as the knowledge hub that will help improve skills, expand networks, increase knowledge, and provide resources that add value as HR professionals. 

The launch event was graced by two (2) respected HR leaders and practitioners, Prof. Ma. Eulalia “Laly” Herrera, AIM Clinical faculty with over 3 decades of professional immersion, and Jose Vincent “Vinchi” Tayag, Career Consultant at Mercer Philippines, a true-blue practitioner of human resources for over 20 years. 

Prof. Laly highlighted the true essence of projecting an image as the employer of choice in attracting the best talents in emerging markets. It is all about making promises and keeping those promises. Questions such as “Do we live up to what we committed?” must always be considered, while effectively communicating the “brand” to employees is equally important. 

The process of recruiting the best talents is also a complicated one, and Vinchi Tayag shared that 59% of the companies they surveyed are anticipating virtual people management processes as a permanent fixture in the future, while 43% are redesigning their processes to make them more online – and this is the future of recruitment. Digital, new-age methods instead of traditional approaches can address the pain points and ease transactions, promote data-driven analysis and put reliable structures in place. 

The attendees actively participated through engaging and thought-provoking questions and comments, proving success of the event. 

This is how we envision Click! will spark interest among our partners in the human resources field, and we will provide momentum by creating new and fun quarterly events to look forward to. We are committed to delivering personal and professional growth for all Click! Members. 

Coca-Cola Career Talk at AIM

February 24, 2021

The Career Services Office hosted a Career Talk last February 24, and invited the Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI) as an employer of choice of AIM graduating students. The company was represented by John Bondoc, Talent Acquisition Manager, who has been in the recruitment and talent acquisition industry for more than 10 years.

The talk offered an opportunity to learn about the story of Coca-Cola, from its humble beginnings to its immense growth in the industry. The company embraces a “people-first” mindset, prioritizing the safety and protection of all employees.  This was especially evident when the pandemic hit, as the company extended outreach efforts to frontliners, including the communities where they operated.

The engagement with the students primarily focused on career explorations at Coca-Cola. Questions about the job application process, critical roles within the company, and career opportunities for data science as well as international students, were all graciously fielded by Mr. Bondoc, as he encouraged them to apply directly through Coca-Cola’s LinkedIn Page and Careers Website. 

In keeping with the company’s culture, Coca-Cola looks for promising talents with good communication and analytical skills, those who are resilient and possess strong learning agility and leadership capabilities with a hunger for results, as well as those with project management skills who can effectively work with teams.

Suitability in a job role is just as important as the culture-fit in an organization, and the Career Services Office (CSO) emphasizes this during career talks.  These events will also eventually include networking breakout sessions that will help enrich the interaction between AIM students and industry partners.

AIM Mentorship Program Event Launch

January 29, 2021

On the 29th of January, the Career Services Office brought together 9 Industry mentors and 11 mentees to kick off a collaborative Mentorship Program via Zoom. Each of the industry mentors was very keen to show commitment in helping their student-mentees from AIM develop their careers and leadership qualities to become better leaders for the future.

The aim of this program is to provide young professionals (as mentees) an opportunity to directly engage with experienced industry professionals (as mentors) to discuss challenges in their early careers and to draw upon the mentor’s experiences, wisdom, and industry knowledge.

Mentorship Program Project Leader, Marco Cabrera provided an overview of the roles of Mentees and Mentors, key program milestones and timelines, availability of mentoring tools, and support.

Also present at the event were the ARO Director, Bernie Jiao and DBI Director Prim Paypon.

 

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CSO Launches Championing Your Career Pilot Program 

January 13, 2021

The Career Services Office (CSO) of the Asian Institute of Management launched its first official career management program called “Championing Your Career” (CYC) on January 13, 2021, that aims to engage students in thoughtful lifelong career planning. 

The CYC Program lecture series is exclusively available for the MBA Class of 2021, while panel events, speed networking, and practice sessions are offered across programs. Sessions are held virtually, providing interaction among participants, industry leaders, and AIM faculty experts on a global scale. 

“This year of your MBA, its not just a deep dive in your learning, but this is the most active year prepping yourself for what you want after,” according to Prof. Harini Chari, the CYC Program Faculty Lead. And the end of this year, success will translate to how much time you’ve carved out to understand yourselves a bit betterTo communicate that and committing to intentionally nurturing your network –that’s when your network can generously help you when you actually need it. 

The good news is that all of you have had more than an introduction to your leadership personal brands and had the opportunity to start your brand stories and fix your narratives. Now, Championing Your Career is the continuation of that journey. We will pick up from that point of your brand story and how it can be enhanced, how it can be leveraged, and how it can be kept resonant– that’s key. I am very excited for you all to go through the program, and I invite you to construct your own meaning from these experiences, she adds. 

During this pandemic, its certainly challenging to maintain a good focus on career readiness. It is important that jobseekers in the cohort are wellguided to make the right choices. In the Championing Your Career Program, participants will get a clearer view of their career aspirations with a broad understanding of the current and future job trends and skillsParticipants will be provided with opportunities to gain awareness of, explore, and develop their own interests, values and skills Topics to be covered range from self-assessment to personal branding, communications, career research, resume development, interviewing skills, job lead generation and strategies, to salary negotiations culminating in job-readiness.  

With the evaluation of AIM’s Assurance of Learningquality and relevance to AIM class delivery is ensured. Supporting the launch were WSGSB School Head and Director, Felipe Calderon and Jose Gerardo Santamaria, respectively, together with their program team composed of Daniele Coronacion, Corazon Manalo, and Jaysel Reyes. The event was also graced by the CYC faculty lead, Harini Chari. 

“You might say that this (referring to the pandemic) is bad time. It is a bad time, but this is also a great opportunity for you to stand out. And you can only do that by careful planning,” stated by Prof. Gerry Santamaria. “We believe that the Championing Your Career Program that CSO has launched will help you. Please take advantage of this opportunity! They have worked with us, even if you’re tired, just try and attend it, do the things that are required of you, complete it and be active,” he re-emphasized to the MBA students in an encouraging tone. 

Indeed, the success of Championing Your Career relies heavily on the students’ active participation and early ownership of their careersOnce successfully pioneered, the pilot program initially offered only to MBA students will also be rolledout to other degree programs. 

 

A Career Talk On Shaping Your Career Journey

December 4, 2020

Hearing a successful career story first-hand from an AIM MDM 2019 alumna is the best way to motivate and inspire students to own and champion their careers. This is exactly what CSO aims to achieve in organizing these kinds of career management sessions that give both the students and alumni an avenue to connect and network.

On December 4, 2020, the Career Services Office (CSO) invited Camile Perez, an MDM 2019 alumna who is now the Regional Corporate Manager, Global MNC, HFH Asia Pacific of Habitat for Humanity International. Camile landed this much sought-after position through CSO’spartnership with Habitat for Humanity International.

The program was again hosted by CSO Relationship Manager Anika de Leon.CSO Director Jade Galvan introduced the Executive Managing Director of the Alumni Relations Office (ARO), Bernie Jiao, to deliver the opening remarks. CSO invited ARO to strengthen the partnership between the two offices to provide the best possible support to the students and alumni.

Camile began her presentation by sharing her portfolio and her journey to becoming Habitat for Humanity International’s Regional Marketing Manager. She gave the students some very practical tips and ways to improve their attitude and skills in finding job opportunities in these times of the pandemic.

The presentation led to an intimate and engaging discussion between Camile and the students. Some of the questions asked were tips on how to pick one’s self up after unsuccessfully landing a job as well as finding the jobs that onetruly loves.

 

Kuder Self-Assessment: Identifying Interests, Skills Confidence and Work Values 

November 25, 2020

The Career Services Office conducted an exclusive Zoom webinar about the Kuder Self-Assessment platform for the MBA 2021 students last November 25, 2020, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm. As a follow uptothe previous Self-Awareness session, the Kuder Self-Assessment aimed to help students discover and analyze their own personalities, interests, skills, and values. The Kuder Career Planning system is designed to provide students with the competency for self-awareness. This foundational understanding of one’s personal interests, skills confidence, and work values sets the stage for effective career exploration and the pursuit of meaningful work. 

The session was led by Claire Cruz, a business development manager of Carrot Global, a leading dynamic and practical learning solutions provider originating from South Korea. Prior the session, CSO instructed the MBA students to createindividual accounts in the Kuder platform and accomplish the pre-assessmenttest that will yield a report to be used during the discussion. Claire discussed Kuder’s history and theoretical foundations, which are anchored in the Holland Occupational Themes. Holland Codes, typically expressed in 3 letter code, are generated and were shared by the students through the poll questions raised during the discussion. Through the Holland codes, students were able to better appreciate their career interests, skills confidence, and work values which made the discussion more interesting asmost of them were surprised by the career paths Kuder was suggesting. At this point, Claire pointed out the value of  one on one career consultations with CSO for career planning and alignment. At the end of the session, Claire underscored the importance of Kuder as an ideal supplementary guide for experienced adults in career planning and future job search.   

How to Rev-up Your Career and Thrive in the Development Industry During the Pandemic 

November 20, 2020

As part of the efforts of CSO to give the best support to students, a career management session was organized to provide them with first-hand information from a seasoned development leader on how to penetrate and thrive in the development sector, particularly in the United Nations and INGOs.

CSOinvited SeetaGiri, Regional Advisor, Humanitarian Advisory Group, Melbourne, Australia to share her experience and insights onhow to rev-up one’scareer and thrive in the development industry during the pandemic. The virtual event was held on Friday, November 20, 2020,from 1:30PM to 3:00PM.

The session, hosted by CSO Relationship Manager Anika de Leon, started with CSO Director Jade Galvan giving the opening remarks and sharingher hope for the students to keep an open mind and be guided by the experiences and knowledge of the speaker to break through and thrive in the development industry.

Seeta started the session with her career journey and told the students, “Don’t be afraid to take risks and try something very different.” She shared her experiences on how she joined the UN and stayed for 20 years before moving to her current role in the Humanitarian Advisory Group in Australia. She traveled to countries such as Afghanistan, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Nepal, and Pakistan to fulfill her role in the UN, and now, her work has brought her to Melbourne.

Seeta also engaged the students by discussing and giving insights on how to overcome the challenges of being a manager or a leader. She shared some advice on how to transition from one organization to the next and how to effectively manage people. One of the highlights of the discussion involved the UN’s statistics, examples and classifications of NGOs and INGOs. Students were able to appreciate the magnitude of the development sector and the numerous leadership opportunities in the sector.

Self-Awareness: Key to Great Leadership

November 18, 2020

“Whatever our goals are, it is important to keep on progressing. Even inching forward is still progress. And true enough, this is also a litmus test on what truly matters to an individual. For those who mind the slow progress or complain about setbacks, then I think their goals are misaligned with their values. The session served as another reminder for me to stay on track with my goals, persevere, and keep moving on. “ -MBA 2021 Student 

As we welcome the MBA Class of 2021, the Career Services Office held its first career management session entitled, “Self-Awareness: Key to Great Leadership.”  The webinar was held last November 18, 2020 and was well attended by more than 60 MBA students. The discussion was led by Eithne Kennedy, CEO of Avenir Holdings, a management consulting firm based in Singapore and an expert in training business executives through leadership and talent development workshops.  The session was highly interactive as students participated in some poll activities through Mentimeter and actively shared their ideas during the Q&A portion. Eithne successfully incorporated the essence and importance of self-awareness from a business perspective that sparked more interest among the students. Key takeaways such as tough empathy and terminal niceness were among the popular terms that stayed with the participants, as reflected in their feedback results.   

MBA Virtual Mock Interviews

September 28 and 30, October 2, 2020

The Career Services Office recently held the “Virtual Mock Interview 2020” event in collaboration with Viventis Asia, Manila Recruitment, and Q2 HR Solutions. It was conducted over three half-days on September 28, 30, and October 2, 2020, attended by20 graduating students from the MBA class of 2020.

” I learned more about the HR interview process and know how to position myself in interviews.”

The event provided a simulation of the real job interview process that enabled students to practice their communication skills, confidence, and professionalism in responding to situational, behavioral, and competency-based questions. 

It also served as an avenue for the students to address questions directly to our Senior HR Consultants regarding the present status of the job market.Salary negotiations, market value, career shift advises, and leveraging strengths were thecommon topics discussed during the evaluation and feedback session. Knowing the projected job market situation, the current challenges, and how to work around these, especially this time of the pandemic, gave the students hope and inspiration to stay focused in their job search moving forward.

The next virtual mock interview event for the MBA class of 2021 will be tentatively scheduled towards end of September 2021. For interested companies who would like to participate as student assessors, please email us at  careerservices@aim.edu for more details.

 

Intentional Networking Event with Aboitiz

August 12, 2020

The second intentional networking session of the Career Services Office featured one of the Philippine’s top conglomerate, Aboitiz Group, last August 12, 2020. Aboitiz operates multiple business units, including power, banking and finance, food, construction, infrastructure, and land industries. For this session, CSO invited Ms. Camille Aquino, the Assistant Vice President for Strategy for Aboitiz Equity Ventures (AEV). She has over 6 years of experience in brand building with P&G and recently has taken a corporate strategy function, developing portfolio strategies for AEV and across business units in Aboitiz.

At the beginning of the session, CSO was joined by the Aboitiz team from their Human Resources and Reputation Departments to facilitate a fun and engaging pulse check as a pre-session activity. The students were asked ice-breaker questions through online apps Mentimeter.com and Zoom Poll. Some of these questions gauged how much they know about Aboitiz and which business units they were interested in if they joined the conglomerate. Students responded with power, food, construction, and banking business units.

As a brand, strategy, and lifelong nation builder, AVP Camille Aquino started the session by generously sharing how Aboitiz is currently operating amidst the Covid19 pandemic. She discussed how businesses and professionals need to react along these three horizons: respond, recover and thrive. She even shared some confidential data and information in order for the students to understand and appreciate the process in a real-world setting. She also stressed the importance of technology in today’s remote work set up.

At the end of her presentation, Camille gave very useful tips on how the future workforce, which includes our 23 MBA, MSIB and MSDS students in attendance and the rest of the students who received the link to the session’s recording, should prepare and shift their mindset in order to adapt and survive. This includes taking care of one’s physical and mental wellbeing.

Prior to the session, CSO shared the resumes of the students with the Aboitiz team for their reference. As a result, Aboitiz sent individual emails to inform the students of the group-wide job openings they currently have as they look to connect with possible candidates.

 

Intentional Networking event with MYNT

August 5, 2020

The Career Services Office successfully conducted its first Intentional Networking last August 5, 2020. The event was graced by Nico Mallinllin, SHRM-SCP, CHRP, Vice President for Talent of GCash. Nico handles end-to-end Talent Management of GCash, including Employer Branding, Talent Acquisition, Performance and Career Management, and Talent Development, which makes him the best resource speaker to the 42 MBA, MSDS, MSIB, and EMDRC students who attended the virtual session.

Nico Mallinllin shared how Mynt, a partnership between Globe Telecom, the Ayala Corporation, and Ant Financial, and which operates GCash, is becoming one of the fastest growing fintech solutions providers in the Philippines amidst the Covid19 pandemic. Nico gave a peek on how GCash operates and ensures safe and convenient mobile money transactions. At the end of his presentation, he provided the students with a list of career opportunities in GCash, including technical and non-technical roles. He also shared his contact details for the students to reach out to him even after the session.

Discussions about job openings in GCash included training for technical roles, which, as Nico explained, will be available for interested and qualified applicants. Nico also mentioned that students can visit their website at www.wearegcash.com or email careers@gcash.com for more job opportunities. Positive feedback were received by CSO from the students after the session.

Career Management webinar with LinkedIn

July 30, 2020

The Career Services Office, in collaboration with LinkedIn, conducted another Career Management Talk last July 30, 2020.  The webinar, led by Philippe Disini, Enterprise Lead of LinkedIn in the Philippines, highlighted the importance of leveraging one’s professional presence in doing active job search, best practices in crafting a profile, and practical approach in reaching out to recruiters, to students from MBA, MSIB and MSDS programs.

Philippe gave a brief background of the LinkedIn platform as well as data on its current users that made LinkedIn one of the leading career search platforms for both job seekers and recruiters.  A walk through in profile building, including the importance of each section of the profile, was refreshing and insightful, resulting in a fun-filled exchange between the students and Philippe. Given the pandemic situation, Philippe also shared a recruiters’ technique of talent pooling and shared practical tips and tricks for a candidate’s profile to stand out among other job seekers. In closing, Philippe reiterated the significance of having a mindset to connect with a purpose and to be comfortable in actively sharing an authentic voice with a potential network, whether for career growth, job opportunity, or simply start a conversation.

Career Management webinar with John Clements

July 15, 2020

The Career Services Office held another well-attended Career Management webinar in partnership with John Clements, Inc. Recruitment expert, Shaily Maheshwari Anand, graciously discussed the evolving demands of various industries and different job insights in the new employment landscape. Shaily is a Human Resource professional with over 20 years of experience in the field of HR, ranging from Training, Organization Development, and Performance Management to Recruitment & Selection. She is currently employed by John Clements Consulting as a Business Unit Head in the Executive Search & Selection Division.

Initially, Shaily presented data about the current Philippine economic status and job market demands, providing a baseline to explain the possible fusion of job roles that may lead to new hybrid employment positions moving forward. The challenges in preparing and adapting to this new trend were addressed by Shaily, reminding the students that employment competition may be at its highest at this point, so one should keenly and actively continue looking for available opportunities. She presented various job roles that are in demand based on currently thriving industries, igniting enthusiasm among the students, especially on the discussion on taking part time roles, including contractual and project-based employment. Shaily emphasized the value of self-improvement through skills upgrade as well as agility and resiliency, particularly now in the evolution of a fast-paced working environment wherein one is expected to be able to keep up. At the end of the session, Shaily empowered the students by encouraging them to expand their horizons, be open to all career possibilities, and keep moving forward. After all, future employers will certainly be happy to have smart survivors on board. 

Virtual Mock Interviews

June 29 & 30, 2020

The Career Services Office recently conducted a “Virtual Mock Interview” last June 29-30 for the graduating classes of the Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS 2020) and Master of Science in Innovation and Business (MSIB 2020). This activity was to simulate a real job application and, enhance the communication and interview skills of our students to  relieve the anxiety and stress that an actual interview can bring.

CSO invited  two Executive Search Firm Partners, that are also among the leading recruitment and HR consulting companies in the Philippines, Drake International Philippines and Q2 HR Solutions. They prepared our students for the actual  job employment Interview, salary negotiation and self branding. During the one-on-one interview, students were able to practice answering general, industry and competency-based questions. These questions ranged from standard, situational, and tough decision-making  topics.

Our students believe events like this help them to be employment ready. The interviewers  were very impressed with how our students were so prepared for during the event. Our partners are also looking to potentially endorse some of our students to their clients for possible job opportunities

Disrupting Finance with Data Science and AI?

June 20, 2020

In partnership with UnionBank of the Philippines and the UBP Xcellerator Program, the AIM Society of Innovators and the Career Services Office held a webinar on “Disrupting Finance with Data Science and AI” on 20 June 2020.

It was a fun but insightful discussion with UnionBank’s Chief Technology and Operations Officer cum Chief Transformation Office, Henry Aguda, and Senior Advisor for Data and Artificial Intelligence, David Hardoon, sharing how data science and artificial intelligence have been revolutionizing the finance industry, making banking simpler and more inclusive.

The Zoom session was attended by over 700 participants, while more than 600 unique views on Facebook live were registered from all around the world. The topic was so well-received that triggered curiosity, education, and ideas, generating almost 200 questions from the audience. Having the “right mindset” is the key driver to success, especially in these times when the implementation of new technologies is accelerated.

Employer Insider: What does it take to get hired during the Pandemic?

June 16, 2020

The Career Services Office hosted a webinar entitled “EMPLOYER INSIDER: What it takes to get hired during the Pandemic?”. This was conducted on June 16, 2020, in partnership with Icon Executive Search. Topics like emerging career trends, sought-after roles, and essential skills in facing the new normal in the job market were discussed in the webinar. that was attended by students from the MBA, MSDS and MSIB programs.

The guest speaker, Mr. Patricio “Patt” Soyao Jr. is a seasoned professional headhunter and presently, the Managing Director and Founder of Icon Executive Asia. He shared different experiences reflecting the current realities faced by job seekers. In his perspective, downsizing is a reflexive reaction by different businesses to mitigate the effects of the crisis and will eventually lead to hybrid job roles, opportunities, and skills that companies will be looking for. Most businesses are rapidly adapting digitizing their services in the hopes of keeping their operations afloat, but many are also thriving, and even expanding, as their products and services are now suddenly in demand.

Finance controllers, consultants, business and data analysts as well as middle management roles, to name a few, are now in demand in various industries. These roles are great contributors as candidates are expected to have good business acumen, which is considered significantly important in keeping the company together. Even if unemployment data may continue to rise and competition at this time may have doubled compared to the pre-crisis situation, career opportunities will always be present and available.

The real challenge now is how to keep up with these demands? According to Patt, job seekers are expected to level up their skills, and companies are in search of candidates who display the following qualities: ability to make things happen; creativity in times of adversity, and learning agility. Integration of these skills and translation of knowledge into tangible outputs in the most efficient and quickest way possible is now the trend. After all, post crisis employment experiences will come out more valuable and would be the ultimate reflection of resiliency and perseverance in rising above the challenge.

CSO Virtual Career Coaching Session

March 2020 – Present

The Enhance Community Quarantine and lock downs did not stop the Career Services Office (CSO) when it comes to one-on-one career coaching and resume critique sessions with the 2019 graduates and current students across degree programs. CSO saw the importance of being able to discuss its stakeholders’ concerns, to create a workable career plan and strategy in these unsettled times.

The uncertainties brought about by the Covid-19 outbreak increases the students’ anxiety in finding employment, but it doesn’t mean that their job search options are dead. Speaking to a CSO staff can make them increase their hopes and change their focus on the brighter side.

Here are some testimonials from the students and recent graduate:

CSO has been very active and responsive! They’ve been sending out email notifications for available job openings that we can apply for. They also made virtual coaching possible since March 17.” – Jazel Castillo, MSIB 2020

Aside from being accommodating and very responsive. AIM CSO particularly Marco gave me a whole different perspective on how to market myself as a professional that even though my experience is diverse he made me realize that my profile should be marketable by articulating my experiences and achievements in concise manner. Such a big help, keep it up!” -John Allen Baria, MSIB 2020

I am thankful to CSO for the job opportunities that they send through our email because it becomes easier for me to check the said opportunities. I appreciate also the openness of Anika in listening to my updates during job hunting and her encouraging words helped me to be optimistic. Even while in community quarantine she made time to make some follow up about how I was affected by ECQ. I am truly grateful for the genuine support that they have for us.” – from Marianne Leonafe Pastorpide, MDM 2019

AIM EDGE

The Career Services Office has concluded the AIM Edge Program 2020, a curated series of sessions facilitated by our very own leadership brand strategist, Prof. Harini Chari, to help the MBA students to take charge of their personal brands.
AIM EDGE is a cohesive inbuilt career management program that will allow the students to stand out, contribute beyond the expected and bring tangible values to the evolving needs of the different industries. The objective of this course is to help them target the career they want after graduation by positioning themselves in a profitable perspective.
What awaits the students on the next sessions are exciting chances to be able to practice what they have learned through CSO’s upcoming events, career coaching, networking sessions and mock interviews.

“By owning their stories and connecting the dots between their values, passions and goals, students can now take charge of their digital footprint and better express themselves across online and offline platforms. The program started with an informal focus group discussion with key industry partners, to understand their expectations of the AIM candidate. Based on these findings, training sessions were crafted to help students differentiate themselves around their niche ‘benefits of value’.”