SPbPU: Polytechnic University hosted the All-Russian “Career Time” event

On November 19 in Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University for the second time was held a regional career forum — a major event for students and graduates within the framework of the All-Russian campaign «Career Time».

Polytechnic University held a career forum as part of the “Career Time” campaign organized by ANO “Russia – A Country of Opportunities”, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, B.N. Yeltsin Ural Federal University, and the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs
We are glad to see today not only the polytechnic but also students from other universities of our city, Rector of SPbPU Andrei RUDSKOI addressed the participants. Earlier we used to hold career forums as job fairs, but now these meetings are held in a new format. This is a set of events that will help you find your way to the right career path and get expert advice on how to find a job and how to organize your business. Not only will you find a future employer here, but you will also get a starting point for applying your talents more fundamentally. It is very important for the university that students not only successfully graduate, but also find a worthy place to apply their knowledge and get satisfaction from their work, corresponding to the chosen specialty. By communicating with professionals in various fields — and the forum is attended by major companies from manufacturing, science, and business in virtually all fields of study at Polytechnic University — you will get the skills that will help you find your dream job or start your own business.

Rector of SPbPU Andrei Rudskoi greets forum participants
The Career Forum at Polytechnic University was held in a mixed format. The Technopolis Polytech Research and Development Building hosted a poster session of the employing companies. In the lecture and conference halls at that time, there were career master classes on the development of soft skills and professional competencies, presentations of companies, the Employment Agency of the Kalininsky District of St. Petersburg conducted career guidance tests. Partners of the event were 34 Russian and international companies, including such giants as Rosatom State Corporation, Sber, Gazpromneft, TGK-1, Gazprombank, VTB Bank, Nissan, Arsenal Machine-Building Plant, Metallurgical Plant Petrostal, Schlumberger, Renaissance, and others.

For us, the cooperation with Polytechnic University is very important, the president of our company Serikbay Bisekeyev graduated Polytechnic Institute in 1994, shared the head of recruitment and personnel development department of Arman Victoria AVDEYEVA. The mission of our company is to create a safe environment for the industry. We hope for prospective cooperation, for the students of Politex to come to us for internships, for jobs.

Career Guidance Test “Working with People, Programming, or Writing Music?
There was no way to get to the counters of Rosatom State Corporation — students were very actively interested in employment with this company. According to Konstantin FOKIN, chief expert of Atomstroyexport’s Training and Development Department, the requirements for applicants are stringent. But young specialists also come in very strong. Since 2017, we have been coming here every fall, there is always a Rosatom stand. And it gets better and better here year after year, Konstantin shared. We have a standard selection for companies, but the engineering division has a high average score, not less than 4.5. And there are a lot of guys with such a score. We are implementing a very ambitious project — we are building nuclear power plants around the world. The length of the production cycle is six years. That is, a person has a stable job for six years. The plant has to be designed, built, and the construction process managed. These are the three main pillars on which our division is based: design, construction, and management of the construction of complex engineering facilities.

PAO Izhorskiye Zavody is a regular participant in career events at Polytechnic University. And it bears fruit — in 2021, about 30 students of SPbPU had an internship at the company, and nine people found jobs.

Students choose their dream job
Today we introduced the students to our master’s degree programs, collected resumés for different directions, and talked to the students’ supervisors. Three professors who want to cooperate with us to prepare students for work in our company have approached us, said Oksana VASYUKOVA, a specialist of Gazprom Neft’s Digital Transformation Department. It was useful for different directorates; specialists from Gazprom Neft’s Science and Technology Center also collected a resume database. There were a lot of students, they solved tasks and won presents.

Schlumberger is also a frequent guest of the Polytechnic University Career Forum. We are always glad to meet with students of all areas of training, we know that you have a good education, said Olga Myasoedova, manager for talent attraction and brand development. We employ many graduates of your university, they achieve great success and become professionals. To get a job at our company, you need to go through two stages of selection. Apply at Schlumberger.vcv.ru, fill in the questionnaire, and then you will receive a link to the first online stage. If the candidate successfully passes it, we contact them and invite them to the finals. It takes place over a full day at one of our offices entirely in English, includes individual and group tasks, a technical individual interview, and an interview at the end of the day. We accept applications from young professionals — these are graduates of up to three years and final year students. You can apply for a month’s paid internship on the same website. Training, meals, and accommodation are at the employer’s expense.

Employers welcome young professionals
Otis Elevator Company is participating for the first time in the career forum at Polytechnic University. We want to build close cooperation, our strategic goal is to invite young people from universities and continue their training inside the company, said Tatiana SHUT, Human Resources Director of the North-West Region of Otis. That’s why we are eager to get acquainted with the students of your university. They are interested in the fields they study and want to know what we can offer them for internships and apprenticeships.

Where to go for an internship?
Pavel IGNATEEV, a third-year student of the Institute of Industrial Management, Economics and Trade, came to the career forum to get information about internships: Since I am a third-year student, I have to look for summer offers. In addition, I attended some very interesting lectures and a master class from the Harmony Center for Youth Projects. As I’m a manager, I need to be able to negotiate, debate, be able to speak, this was devoted to the master class. I also discovered new companies and took contacts.

Adelina and Anastasia, third-year students of the Institute of Industrial Management, Economics and Trade, found out at the forum that companies need merchandisers. We looked at vacancies with our specialty, where there are physical and chemical laboratories, where we can conduct analysis, which is what we do in practice. We found out about internships that you can take during your studies at Heinz and Baltika, said the girls.

Vladislav, a fourth-year student of the Institute of Physics and Mechanics (Physmech), studies atomic nucleus and elementary particle physics: I was interested in what Rosatom has to offer, what opportunities there are for internships, internships, and further work. Plus, I’m going to listen to some useful lectures.

This year’s Voenmech graduate Sergey also came to Polytechnic University for the career forum: I got my specialty in rocket engineering, I am looking for potential employers here, learning about working conditions and discovering new areas of work for myself.

When the face-to-face part of the forum ended, an online career marathon, consisting of a series of useful live broadcasts from experts on time management, leadership, career opportunities, kicked off in the SPbPU Career Development Department group.

Career Forum helps not only to decide on the choice of work, but also to assess their strengths and capabilities
Also during the career forum the finals of Peter the Great Case Championship, organized by the Student Case Club of Polytechnic University, took place. This year, Severstal, Nexign, and Nissan became partners of the championship. The competition was held in three areas: IT, engineering flow, and energy flow.

The division into streams began in 2020. Last year there were two streams, and this year there is a third one, the energy stream, said Denis SOBOLEV, a fourth-year student of the Institute of Industrial Management, Economics and Trade, head of the Case Club. We are oriented to the employers’ demand and want to give students an opportunity to go deeper into the subjects of their specializations. Winners and even participants of previous championships got experience, many of them were hired for internships due to the diploma of a finalist. This is the main motivation. In addition, we encourage participants with prizes, which may come in handy in life: today these are Yandex stations, power banks, and smartwatches.

In the IT flow, the participants solved the case of Nexign, connected with training of teams, formed of new personnel in the company.

Severstal, a partner of the engineering stream, offered to come up with a technology to protect hot-rolled steel from atmospheric corrosion.

The Nissan Energy Stream partner’s case involved the task of developing a strategy for decarbonizing production through 2050.

Results:

In the IT flow, the first place went to the team of SPbPU and NRU HSE Natural Heroes. The second place went to ANONYMOUS, the third to IBE Team.

Engineering stream: first place — PoliEngTeam of Civil Engineering and Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications of SPbPU, second — SiegerTeam, third — GSEM.

Energy flow: first place — the team of Mining University Deep Energy, second — DecibelsAgain, third — Hubs.

Gold medalists Daria SHABUNINA, Ekaterina BELOVA, Nikita and Vadim KUDRYAVTSEV from PoliEngTeam shared their emotions: It was an interesting experience, teamwork. We’ve participated in similar cases before, all except Nikita, he’s a freshman. But we didn’t regret taking a freshman, he was our idea generator. The night before the final was difficult, but we believed in a positive outcome and supported each other.

There are a lot of events like this — some are run by companies, some are run by the government. But, in my opinion, the most interesting thing is when students create something for students, said Nexign’s representative Egor Kosarev in his closing remarks. When you do something for your own people, you put a lot of effort into it, you put your soul into it, you want your classmates and people from other higher educational institutions to understand that you care. Every year I see that the Case Championships at Polytechnic are becoming more and more large-scale, the guys are not planning to slow down, keep this tradition, be sure to participate.

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