Bachelor Thesis, Master Thesis or Project Study
📌 Key facts
- 💡 Background
- 🦾Who We Are
- 🎯 Goals
- 🧠 Topics of Interest
- 🎓 Profile
- 📚 Further Reading
- 📄 Requirements to any Work
- 📬 How to Apply
Currently you are still sure that having McKinsey, BCG, Morgan Stanley, or Goldman Sachs on your CV is a safe bet for your career. Or do you have Amazon, Google, Facebook, or Microsoft on it, and this will open you all the doors you want? It is likely, that any of those companies will look great on your CV and might even get you that next incredible interview. But will they be as impressive in the future or will other more prestigious and exciting companies replace them? The same goes for universities. You think Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Oxford, and Cambridge are the gold standard. But will they be in 5-10 years? Let us find out together. You can even possibly get access to a unique LinkedIn dataset with the CVs of millions of people.
As there is little to no research on this topic, you will be the explorer. You could do a systematic analysis of CVs of past successful people, and those that currently rising in the ranks. What similarities do you find? What differs? Are there patterns? What skills do they have? What do companies and universities value today? What will they value in the future? A contrarian idea: What would be the CV that is unique and exciting? It does not have Harvard or McKinsey but will stand out and display the skills of the future!
🦾Who We Are
The Chair for Strategy and Organization is focused on doing research with impact. This means we do not want to repeat old ideas and base our research solely on the research people did 10 years ago. Instead, we currently research topics that will shape the future. Topics such as Agile Organizations and Digital Disruption, Blockchain Technology, Creativity and Innovation, Digital Transformation and Business Model Innovation, Diversity, Education: Education Technology and Performance Management, HRTech, Leadership and Teams. We are always early in noticing trends, technologies, strategies and organizations that shape the future, which has its ups and downs.
- Research high potentials through lists like the Forbes 30 under 30
- Analyse their CVs according to categories (education, extracurricular, memberships, jobs, etc.)
- Interview hiring managers at top companies and admissions officers at top universities
- (potentially: analyse LinkedIn dataset)
- Cluster your insights to create optimal CVs for: Consulting, Finance, Tech, Entrepreneurship, international organisations, diplomatic service, journalism, universities and research, media, politics, etc.
- Formulate recommendations for early CV building
🧠 Topics of Interest
- The CV of the future
- Elite schools of the future
- Top brand names in 5-10 years
- Contrarian CV without classic brands but equally strong
- Reliable and self-driven
- Enthusiasm for career management / your own brand & future / skills of the future
- Ability to do sophisticated internet, desk research, and connect with practitioners
- Passion to learn more about the future and do research with impact
📚 Further Reading
What Skills Future Jobs Demand from a CV | Resume Skills | GetSmarter Blog
With the increase in technological innovation - and the rate of change it brings - the workplace of the future is predicted to be vastly different to the one of today. As a result of this shifting landscape, companies are looking for employees with different types of expertise, which means that professionals may need to reassess their current skill sets or pursue new career paths altogether.
The jobs market is changing - and so should your resume
The jobs market is changing, that's no secret. Today, shifts in technology and demographics mean that more of us are working for longer and in totally different ways than previous generations. And that trend shows no sign of abating.
The resume of the future will tell employers who you are, and not just what you've done
Resumes are a poor proxy for a human being. Whether on paper or LinkedIn, they may tell an employer about a job seeker's experience and credentials, but they're frustratingly silent about almost everything else. They have virtually nothing to say about a candidate's personality, or their character, or their ability to persuade and communicate-all soft skills that employers consider essential ingredients for success.
Five Items On Your Resume Recruiters Notice First
Recruiters skim resumes in seconds and still glean enough information to decide on a candidate. I have fond this to be true across industries, positions and levels. I have recruited for a variety of industries (financial services, management consulting, tech, media, non-profit), positions (client-facing, administrative, strategy, creative) and levels (unpaid interns thru multiple six-figure hires), and my recruiting colleagues and I always skim.
📄 Requirements to any Work
We do not want your research to gather dust in some corner of bookshelf but make it accessible to the world. Thus, we warmly encourage you to create some or all of the following:
- Infograph - visually represent some of your work (find examples here)
- Slide Deck - summarize your research and possibly present it
- Extract most important sequences from podcasts, videos, and other media
- 3-4 Tweets about the most important findings and summarizing the topic
- optional: Medium Article - let people outside university know about your research and start your personal brand
📬 How to Apply
If you are interested, please contact Prof. Dr. Isabell Welpe (e-mail below) by submitting your CV and grade report. Please also briefly outline your tentative research idea (research question, data and methods, possible outcomes with a tentative outline all in word as *.docx)
We're greatly looking forward to hearing more about you!