Philipp completed a Master in Business Administration at the University of Amsterdam and graduated in 2015. He now works as a Business Development Representative at Revinate.
“After talking to Revinate in the one-on-one interview (matchmaking) at ITEA, we agreed to send each other feedback. After two days, we emailed and it turned out that we both felt positively, so we decided to have another interview.”
Philipp got his current job after a matchmaking interview with Revinate at ITEA 2015. As a Business Development Representative at Revinate, he is in sales and is responsible for generating new business for Revinate in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Eastern Europe.
How did your career path go after attending ITEA?
I learned about ITEA through an email from the university. I registered for the event, and right away I also registered for a few of the matchmaking interview opportunities, including that of Revinate. I also went to the Revinate presentation, and walked around the job fair. The Revinate company presentation was the only presentation I attended. ITEA was held just before I graduated, and I wanted to stay in Amsterdam, so I was looking for an entry-level sales or marketing job in a technology company. I also went to the stands of Optimizely and Huawei and introduced myself to them and collected some business cards. In applying for my future job, I was focused on companies in Amsterdam that hire international people.
After talking to Revinate in the one-on-one interview at ITEA, we agreed to send each other feedback. After two days, we emailed and it turned out that we both felt positively, so we decided to have another interview. This interview was positive, and then I had a third interview. After the third interview, I got the news that I was hired and I’ve been working at Revinate since.
What would you advise international students?
Don’t be too narrow-minded when looking for jobs, because things work quite differently when you’re an international. Back in Germany, I had my mind set on working in the automotive industry because it’s a good career path, but I stayed open-minded to other opportunities. In terms of both personal development and fun, Revinate is better than several bigger companies that I have had experience with. I’m really enjoying Revinate, and it’s very rewarding work because I directly contribute to the company, which is very important to me. It’s also a very fun company to work at because of the international mindset and young age of my co-workers.
What would you advise international students who intend to visit ITEA 2017?
If there’s an interview opportunity or booth for a company that also has a presentation, go and show that you’re interested during the presentation. I asked questions at the presentation, and that kind of set the stage for when I met them at the booth or interview later. In general, I’d say don’t be too shy to talk to people. There can be long queues on the job fair, but don’t become pushy because it can agitate managers. It’s better to wait for your turn to talk to them.