Post by Manal Benmalek, Employer Branding Ambassador at Railnova December 13, 2022
On November 24, 2022, JUNIA’s job fair took place at Lille Grand Palais. This event allows companies to exchange with students from JUNIA’s Grande École d’Ingénieurs. JUNIA HEI is a prestigious engineering school that trains general engineers on its campus in the heart of Lille. They have three programs that require an internship, a work-study program or an entry-level position as a first work experience.
This was a fantastic occasion for Railnova to offer students better visibility of our company’s culture, activities and professional opportunities.
By setting up a booth at JUNIA’s job fair and speaking with students, we were able to give them a more exact sense of what it’s like to work at Railnova and what kind of opportunities are available.
This direct interaction helped them understand our company, our work environment and our company culture better.
Additionally, attending this job fair was a chance for us to showcase our recent projects and achievements directly to students. We were able to provide detailed information about our products, services, and customers. It allowed the students to see Railnova in a more dynamic light making our company more interesting. It also gave them a better idea of what kind of work they might do if they were to join us.
The JUNIA job fair is a big opportunity for everyone
JUNIA was the largest student forum we attended this year! The event is a huge opportunity to find interesting profiles because of the sheer size of the affair, hosting 150 companies in total with over 2 000 students from JUNIA’s three curriculums.
The students’ backgrounds ranged from big data, electronics, robotics and aeronautics to e-health, sustainable management and even agriculture.
The Railnovians present were me, Employer Branding Ambassador Manal Benmalek, software developer Jonas Vacek and Electrical Engineer Sergio Jiménez. We teamed up to represent Railnova at this job fair.
We were matched with a job fair buddy, Romain Bricout. He is an engineering student from JUNIA who showed us around, led us to the right spots at the right times, set us up with interesting candidates, and helped answer any and all questions we had.
We enjoyed hosting students who came to visit our stand. Most of them then returned with their friends! Our flexible internship program captivated many students because they can discuss the core of their internships with hiring managers and tailor their experiences to suit their specific interests and needs.
The students seemed eager to talk directly to our engineers about their backgrounds and their day-to-day work. This allowed them to get a glimpse of what being a Railnovian is actually like.
We had a great day at the JUNIA Business Forum, and we are happy to say that our stand attracted many people, despite our company being based outside of France. This was even appreciated, as we saw a huge number of students who were looking for information on how to apply for an internship abroad for the fourth year of their studies.
Something that we appreciate from job fairs is that we can speak directly with each candidate. We can explain our hiring processes in detail, discuss our onboarding projects, and describe our company culture. We got some genuinely positive feedback from these future engineers. Hopefully, some will be part of our team in the future!
On November 24, 2022, JUNIA’s job fair took place at Lille Grand Palais. This was a fantastic occasion for Railnova to offer students better visibility of our company's culture, activities and professional opportunities.