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Spring Career Lunch introduces students to banking industry

Webster University’s Vienna campus recently welcomed members of the Erste Group, one of the largest financial services providers in Central and Eastern Europe, to speak to students at the Spring Career Lunch.

During the presentation, Erste Group program director Brigitte Raschka-Seidl and recruiter Nicole Broz introduced 24 current students to career opportunities in banking and presented a detailed overview of Erste’s annual Group Graduate Program, which provides graduates the opportunity to experience the world of banking through a rigorous series of classroom and distance learning sessions, on-the-job training and medium-term project work.

Students learned the program’s expectations, the requirements and the selection process for the Group Graduate Program. Raschka-Seidl emphasized that this program brings the outside view and fresh ideas of talented students into the bank which is essential to bring the business forward.

Broz encouraged the participants to apply for the program, stressing that it is a very international program that requires commitment, team spirit, creativity, innovative spirit and top level performance — all attributes that are emphasized in their education at Webster.

Students saw ways they could model their own career path after several Webster Vienna alumni who contribute to the success of Erste Group not only in Austria, but the entire Central Eastern European region. For example, alumnus Gernot Mittendorfer MBA ’96 is currently a managing board member at Erste Group Bank AG, Wien, overseeing group real estate and leasing, group investment banking, large corporate banking, GCIB corporate support and operations, and local corporate banking. He is also a member of the Webster Vienna Private University Advisory Board.