neděle 23. dubna 2017

A fresh new CEMS Alumni Newsletter: CEMS Brunch | CEMS & Brunout | CEMS Soiree 2017

Dear CEMS Alumni
let us invite you for amazing CEMS events and share with you key updates:

ON THE UPCOMING FRIDAY: 28th April CEMS Alumni Brunch 
8am to 10am, Home Kitchen, Kozi 5, P1. Link to the event
CEMS Alumni Brunch organized by the CEMS Club.

Monday 29th May: CEMS & Burnout (& tour at the charity auction)
6:15 / 7 - 9:30pm, Czech Press Photo Cafe, Na zlate 1, P5. Link to the event
Speakers: counselor Dominika Cechova, film editor Michal Dvorak, CEMS Alumni Filip Riha
Registration: via email to
Check the related exhibition Sance pro deti

Thursday 8th June: Official CEMS SOIREE at VSE
6pm to 9:30pm Akademicky klub at VSE. Link to the event

 Official gathering of CEMS Alumni, Teachers and Corporate Partners at VSE.

Update from the CEMS Community:
Pavlína, Vojta and Honza
Your CEMS Alumni Board Team

středa 12. dubna 2017

CEMS Roundtable: Students, Alumni, Teachers and Corporate partners brainstorming about the future of CEMS

  • What are the current business trends influencing the CEMS Programme?
  • What is the experience with the CEMS Programme seen from students', alumni's, teachers' and corporate partners' point of view?
  • How can CEMS address current needs of the job market and prepare alumni that will star?

These are a few questions that were discussed during the CEMS Roundtable organized by Vojtech Oplestil and Ladislav Tyll at the University of Economics on 30th March 2017.

Each core CEMS Group (students, alumni, teachers and corporate business partners) was represented by the minimum of 4 participants. The whole program was organized in a very open-minded and informal atmosphere, which gave a space to many discussion and experience sharing.

Below you can find a few notes from the brainstorming evening:

What are top business trends these days? 
  • focus on entrepreneurship
  • digitalization trend
  • increased competition of international business programs
  • need of hard skills
  • generation Y
How can CEMS address them?
  • Building strong CEMS brand by offering excellent life-long education
  • Minor specialization for CEMS students
  • Increased offer of courses targeting deeper knowledge of technical disciplines
  • Practically oriented guest speakers and lectures, e.g. real life case studies
How can CEMS Alumni Association support the future needs?
  • Building the CEMS brand by organizing regular monthly CEMS professional events (e.g. Friday CEMS Stage) focused on the hottest topics that CEMS community is interested in
  • At least once per year prepare big CEMS Community event with external top guest speakers
In the upcoming weeks, we will be gathering inputs from you, CEMS Alumni, about topics that are the most relevant to you, so we can plan the events for the 2nd half year of 2017 accordingly.

You can also have a look at the video with photos from this evening here

In case of any questions, let us know to:

Pavlina on behalf of the CEMS Alumni Board Team

pátek 24. března 2017

Plan of events

Dear alumni
we are planning a number of different events - aimed at networking, cooperation with students, fun... Whatever you like...

This is the current version of the plan (update as of 20 March 2017):
28.1. Topic: Family and Career (already took place) DONE
23.2. Start of mentoring program (already took placeDONE
16.3. Topic: Business Owners (already took placeDONE
30.3. CEMS Graduate profile DONE
5.4. Drink (you can register here)  DONE
7.4. CEMS Gala (organized by students)
11.4. Sauna (you can register here, changed date)
20.4. Mentoring program checkpoint (via on-line questionnaire)
29.5. Topic: Prevention of burnout (changed date)
8.6.  CEMS Soiree (organized by VSE) + Mentoring evaluatoin
10.6. Yoga in the park

There are still some events we need to plan in detail: networking event (in May or later) and maybe something more :-).

Would you like to propose any other event? Or would you like to help us organizing these events?

Pavlina, Vojta and Honza
Your CEMS Alumni Board Team
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pátek 17. března 2017

CEMSies sharing their experience with running own business

Dear CEMSies,

we are glad that our 2nd CEMS Alumni professional event this time related to Entrepreneurship attracted a wider audience of both CEMS students and alumni.

The event that took place on 16th March 2017. We got three speakers, who shared their stories and experience from running their own businesses.

It was highly inspirational to learn about different business concepts varying as much as: photo-voltaic distribution, VIP travel agency, pet food, fresh organic food, young coconuts and running courses for women. Below you can find a few key notes from the evening.

Key messages for new entrepreneurs: 

  • There are thousands of ideas, only the execution makes the difference
  • Consider all three parts: IDEA - RELATIONSHIPS - SYSTEM (in business and also in life)
  • Don't try to reinvent the wheel, get inspiration the new trends, from abroad 
  • Consult with a senior expert, pay for specialists' advice 
  • Prepare a higher budget 
  • Do the things professionally since the beginning
  • Focus on people, don't try to do everything on your own
  • Be yourself, honest and authentic :-)

Mindset change from a corporate world to own business:
  • In your own business: You are the work. Work doesn't come, you need to create it.  
  • Corporate systems and processes work in own business only after reaching a certain size 
  • Use the great opportunity in corporations to learn from senior colleagues. Build your network

Key challenge as seen by all speakers: 

  • People - i.e. finding the right business partner, co-worker or employee. Running a business with friend can be very tricky, though can work, if everyone is completely open, honest and able to make a difference between friendship and business relationship

We would like to thank to all speakers as well as to all participants of the this event.  

We are looking forward to seeing you on our next professional event that take place on 29th May 2017 this time related to the the topic Burnout and how to avoid it.  

Kind regards from the CEMS Alumni Board,

čtvrtek 2. března 2017

CEMS Mentoring Programme 2017 kicked off

We are proud to share that the 2017 CEMS Mentoring Programme has been kicked off. The mentoring programme has been relaunched after a few years break as a joint initiative of the CEMS Alumni Association Czech Republic and CEMS Club Prague. Big thank you goes to Ulyana Makarava, who stood at the beginning of this idea.

We are happy that 25 alumni signed up as mentors and almost the same number of students want to become mentees. We are glad to see that also exchange students as well as CEMS alumni living abroad signed up for the programme.

Students are primarily interested in the start-up area and entrepreneurship, modern technologies, international career and living abroad. This is combined with the traditional fields such as consulting, marketing or finance. It is great to see that new as well as senior alumni are part of the programme.

In order to get to know each other, both students and alumni were invited for the CEMS Mentoring kick-off event that took place on 23rd February 2017 in the restaurant Nola in Prague 4. The main purpose of this event was to get to know each other and the whole evening was prepared in an informal atmosphere.

Michaela Novakov shared her experience with mentoring and thereby introduced the concept to students. All participating alumni said a few words about themselves.

Students and alumni then got a chance to mingle and enjoy the networking part. The evening was further followed by a dinner. During the evening, students could have also read through the profiles of alumni, who were not able to come to this event. You can check photos from this event HERE

After receiving students’ preferences, the CEMS Alumni Association Czech Republic together with CEMS Club Prague did the matching process. Once the assigned students were confirmed by alumni, the mentoring itself could have started.

Mentees and mentors have the complete freedom to agree on time, frequency and topic of their discussion. In order to share best practise, we will do a half term experience sharing. The final evaluation is going to be done on 8th June 2017 during the CEMS Soiree at the University of Economics in Prague.

The mentoring programme is currently prepared as a semester initiative, though we hope that mentors and mentees wil stay in touch also in the future. As also Michaela Novakov mentioned, the important element of successful mentoring is on one side good match between mentor and mentee and on the other side long-term collaboration.

Thank you all for your support to make the 2017 CEMS Mentoring Programme happen.
Kind regards,

CEMS Alumni Board Czech Republic

středa 1. března 2017

CEMS Students and Alumni Event on the topic Business Owners

Following the successful tradition of Meet up... evenings, we are thrilled to invite you for the CEMS Meeting on the topic Running own business with the headline: Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Which skills are needed to start and run own business? 
  • What are the first three steps when starting own business?
  • Which areas do our speakers recommend to start own business in?
You can look forward to following speakers: Filip RihaZdenek FousMichal Adrian and Helena SuchomelovaThis event is designed for CEMS business owners as well as for CEMS students or alumni interested in starting own business. 
Location: VSE Prague, RB 210, 7pm
Registration: via email at:

Your CEMS Alumni Board

středa 8. února 2017

Alumni sauna

UPDATE: The event will start at 2015.
After a long break I would like to revive the tradition of CEMS Alumni sauna meetings.

When: 1 March, 19:00-21:00
Where: Svět pod Palmovkou (just a couple of minutes walk from the Palmovka metro station) - already tested couple of times in the past
Registraion: Register at Facebook or just send me an e-mail.
Fee: Note that those of you who have paid their CEMS Alumni membership fee will get 100 CZK or so discount on the entrance fee. The others will pay the whole entrance fee. We will make sure that the entrance fee will not be higher than a usuall fee (which is approximately 200 CZ).

Should you have any questions or suggestions (e.g. another sauna venue) just let me know.

Looking forward to meeting you.


Your CEMS Alumni Board Team
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neděle 29. ledna 2017

CEMS Alumni discussing family and career

Dear CEMSies,

our event on the topic Family and Career took place in a bit untypical environment for CEMS gatherings - in kids' entertainment center Café Koala. This showed up to be a great choice for both kids thanks to the enormous amount of play and fun opportunities in the center as well as for adults due to very nice and comfortable atmosphere, great café and friendly and smiling staff.
Almost all attendees of this event were parents. After we all met and kids started to explore the neighboring slides and jungle gyms, we did an introduction round. Each of us introduced himself / herself and also added what he/she currently faces in relation to family and career. 

Clearly the key point of discussion was, under which conditions a mum can work but also be with her kids - i.e. a compromise between full time job full time household. CEMS mum enjoy being with kids at tome but at the same time are capable and want to work, further use and develop their skills and capabilities. 

So what is the ideal scenario? Based on our discussion, it is a part time job with flexible working hours that can be done from home. Although, the reality of the job market is a different story. There are some cases, when a mum is offered a part time job that can be combined with family. 
Though what we learnt from our own stories or based on our own experience, these are mostly individual exceptions, company and society rules are still rather rigid in this area. 

This can be a great topic also for big companies, for CEMS corporate partners. Today's huge topic is CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility). Isn't this one of the key topics in the CSR agenda?

We would like to thank to all participants of this event. We are looking forward to seeing you at other events coming this year (more details soon :-)). 
Thank you for being interested in this topic and also reading this article.
Pavlina, Vojta and Honza
Your CEMS Alumni Board Team

čtvrtek 26. ledna 2017

CEMS Alumni Saturday morning event on the topic Family and Career

Dear CEMSies,

this is a little reminder about the upcoming CEMS Event dedicated to the topic Family and Career.
We are meeting on Saturday (28th Jan) at 10 am in Cafe Koala in Prague Hostivar
If you are coming with public transport, take a bus number 111 from Skalka to the station "Tovarny Hostivar".
Cafe Koala is a kids' entertainment center, so also kids are warmly welcomed :-)
Registration via email at:
We are looking forward to meeting you,
Your CEMS Alumni Prague Board

PS: There is no entrance fee for adults of babies up to 1 years. The entrance fee to the kids' entertainment park in Cafe Koala for kids between 1 and 3 years is 150 CZK, for kids older than 3 years, it is 250 CZK.

středa 18. ledna 2017

Sign up for the 2017 CEMS Mentoring Programme

Dear CEMS Alumni
we would like to invite you to join 2017 CEMS Mentoring Programme. This is an initiative that was running successfully in past and we would like to continue with this tradition.

Do you want to share you passion as well as your experience? Do you want to support the new generation of CEMSies through career or life mentoring? Join the 2017 CEMS Mentoring Programme

No previous experience in mentoring is needed. What is important is your willingness to share part of your time and your experience with others. No matter whether you run your own business or work in an international or local company, whether you do business or work for NGOs.Everyone has something valuable to share. 

Do you want to take part in the CEMS Mentoring Programme?
  1. Sign up via this form
  2. Book the evening on 23rd February 2017 between 6:30 and 9pm for the joined kick-off event (at VSE, Prague 3) 
  3. Be comfortable with spending one hour of your time every two weeks on meetings with your mentee (meetings can be face to face or skype) between March and June 2017.

How is the CEMS Mentoring Programme organized?
After the kick-off event on 23rd February, we will finalize the matching between mentors and mentees. You will get contact details on your mentee, so you can agree on the first mentoring meeting. The frequency, location and time of your meet-ups depends only on the agreement between you and your mentee. After two months, we will call for a Catch-up meeting to share what is working as well as ideas for improvement. At the end of the 2017 spring semester, we will make the final evaluation. The mentoring programme may end for you at the end of the spring semester or you may agree with the mentee on it further continuation. 

Any questions?
Feel free to contact the CEMS Alumni Prague Team at
Still not sure? Check out this video

Pavlina, Vojta and Honza
Your CEMS Alumni Board Team