Talent scouting – creating mutually beneficial relationships
News Article -- June 25, 2015
Talent scouting involves continual engagement, development and mentoring of future leaders. Six months ago CSC Baltic Graduates formed the Leading Minds community. Leading Minds is a pool of talented people who are pre-identified individuals attracted through various activities – teaming with universities, schools ambassadors program, professional associations, pre-employment trainings, etc. To put the engagement briefly - the community members are participating in events, meetings and discussions with the highest level coaches.
“The initiative helps us to identify individuals who have the ability to grow within a business and add the value beyond the norm. These professionals are the future leaders within Project Management. This exercise allows us to keep an eye on them even if they are not part of CSC – develop, mentor, coach, network – once we have demand for specific talent, it’s easier for us to reach out to the best candidates”, explains Valdas Šimas, Senior Manager, Program & Project Management for Nordic & Baltic region.
The first season lasted 6 months connecting 19 external members - 2 of them were hired (Greta Barzdelyte and Tomas Marcinkevicius). Overall, 7 events were organized: 4 meetings and 3 training sessions led by:
- Dan Sarna (Director in Corporate Delivery Assurance, CSC). Topic: “Why it is worthwhile to take Project Management as a profession?”
- Jay T. Weir (Senior Principal & Sales Coach, CSC). Topic: “Why should you choose a Sales position?”
- Sunit Jilla (Cultural Awareness Trainer). Topic: “Working Globally – how to work in multicultural environments?”
“I received the invitation to Leading Minds community during the short job interview at the Vilnius University Career Days event and this became my lucky ticket to start my journey at CSC. Pro-activeness makes you visible - this talent community is the exact place to behave this way”, explains Greta Barzdelytė, member of Leading Minds community.
“Talking to the top professionals from management, sales or IT architecture gives you a perspective on how things work in a global company. Every lecturer is approachable and helpful - the atmosphere is incredibly motivating. I guess it's just as important as the quality of the information we hear in the sessions”, adds Tomas Marcinkevičius, a new Project Management team member who was participating in LM events.
CSC Baltic also continues collaboration with universities and for a second year in a row announces Master and Bachelor theses nominations. This year the company has partnered with 4 major universities in Lithuania. The purpose of the project is to recognize distinguished scholarly achievements. CSC Baltic management, including Managing Director Antanas Uršulis, will attend graduation ceremonies and hand in monetary awards to the authors of the best Master and Bachelor theses.
The effort to develop talents does not confine with students only – we have extended the program and launched Teachers’ Academy. The aim of the project is to establish and maintain a learning & development support structure and spread world-class project and program management knowledge to the lectors, to promote the fundamentals of PM and demonstrate leadership competencies. It should boost the project management knowledge spread to the students too. CSC representatives have been giving lectures and practical advice every second Saturday for two and a half months – the feedback was exceptional: participants said that the course was very useful; the coaches provided information in a clear manner and reinforced the theory with practical examples. Furthermore they gained a lot of useful and practical knowledge.