2024 EFMD Career Services Conference

wed06nov(nov 6)16:00fri08(nov 8)17:002024 EFMD Career Services ConferenceLeveraging our careers community to supercharge student talent developmentLocation:Bath, United Kingdom

Event Details

Helping students prepare their career paths and find work placements is a crucial part of the student experience and a fundamental value added component of every educational institution. It has become increasingly complex to respond to students’ expectations and simultaneously engage with them in meaningful ways.

The EFMD Career Services Conference focuses specifically on the issues career services professionals face as they navigate the current realities of work, specifically in the areas of: recruitment, job mobility, internationalisation, employability, and trends in the labour market. At the same time career professionals need to be aware and up to date with all the technological advancements that have impacted how career services are offered.

Target group:
Directors of career services and business school career services staff involved in the strategic decisions of career services.

Please note that this conference is for professionals in career services only: we will not accept third party providers.


Register here


Wednesday 6 November

16:00 – 17:30

Registration and welcome drinks @Hotel Indigo Bath

17:30 – 18:30

Walking tour of Bath

18:30 – 21:00

Pub quiz & welcome dinner

Thursday 7 November


Bus departure from Hotel Indigo Bath

08:30 –09:00

Welcome coffee & Registration

09:00 – 09:15

Welcome address

  • Friedemann Schulze-Fielitz, Director Business School Services, EFMD Global
  • Steve Brammer, Dean, University of Bath School of Management, UK

09:15 – 10:00

Opening plenary: Uncharted: how do we prepare students for a future that is unpredictable?
The world used to be more predictable than it is today—and jobs more stable. The collision of complexity, new technologies, globalization, uncertainty and the gig economy makes planning a career almost inconceivable. When CVs are judged by AI and interview conducted by bots, how can graduates learn where they want to work and what they want to do? Parental experience is no guide. What skills, aptitudes and mindsets will support students as they begin the hazardous adventure known as employment?

  • Margaret Heffernan, Professor of Practice, University of Bath School of Management, UK

10:00 – 10:30

Coffee break

10:30 – 12:00

Career services and faculty

12:00 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00

Student power: clubs and societies driving career success beyond services
This session incorporates the concept of best practices by leading career professionals while emphasising the importance of student engagement in clubs and societies beyond traditional career service and the significant role student engagement plays in non-traditional career-enhancing activities. The second part of the session will be the World café designed for small-group knowledge sharing.

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 – 17:00

Employer-careers collaboration to future-proof students’ skills
A range of employers of different sizes and industries will share their perspective on the skills needed in the workplace of the future, and how they work in collaboration with university careers teams to prepare them for this future world of work.

17:00 – 17:15

Return transfers to Hotel Indigo Bath

19:00 – 22:00

Conference dinner

Friday 8 November


Bus departure from Hotel Indigo Bath

08:30 – 09:00

Welcome coffee

09:00 – 10:30

Circling back on AI: where are we at?

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30

Consolidating learnings of the conference
Working session to formulate tangible action plans and key takeaways

12:30 – 13:00

Closing remarks

13:00 – 14:30



Bus trasnfer back to Hotel Indigo Bath


Optional social activity

Practical information

Conference fees

Early Bird Fee until 31 August 2024 (included)

  • EFMD Full & Affiliated members: €810 (€675 plus 20%VAT)
  • EFMD non-members: € 1,170 (€ 975 plus 20%VAT)

Conference Fee from 1 September 2024

  • EFMD Full & Affiliated members: € 1,290 (€ 1,075 plus 20%VAT)
  • EFMD non-members: €1,650 (€ 1,375 plus 20%VAT)

Please note that the payment must be made within the applicable fee deadline.

Please note that a discount of 25% applies for every third and further participant from the same institution. If you are the third person in your institution to register, please contact career@efmdglobal.org to receive your registration link.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations must be confirmed in writing. If EFMD receives notice of your withdrawal before 10 October 2024, a cancellation administrative fee of  €90 (€75 plus 20% VAT) will be charged. After that, we regret that we are unable to refund any fees. However, in such cases, substitutes are welcome at no extra cost as long as EFMD receives notification of the substitute’s name, title and address.

Please note that you won’t have access to the conference mobile app until we have received your payment (or proof of payment).

Conference hotel

Hotel Indigo Bath offers special rates for those attending the Conference across the week of Tuesday 5th – Saturday 9th November 2024.

£139 Bed & Breakfast Advance Purchase (non-refundable)
£159 Bed & Breakfast Flexible Purchase (free cancellation until 28 days prior to arrival)

To book, please email the hotel directly on enquiries@bath.hotelindigo.com with code ‘EFMD0511’ along with the following details:
Guest Names (for each guest staying in a room)
Guest Phone Number
Guest Email Address
Number of Bedrooms and Dates Required

Please note, once you have emailed the hotel with your bedroom requirements, the team at Hotel Indigo Bath will then contact you to take payment over the phone. No bedroom is guaranteed until payment has been made. Rooms are being held complimentary until 23rd September 2024. Beyond this point, there is no longer a guarantee of special rates for any bookings made. For more detailed information, please refer to this document HERE.

Travel information

Please remember that if you are visiting the UK from the European Union or elsewhere, you must now have a valid passport. Some participants might also need a visa; you can check here.

Getting to Bath
• Bristol is the closest airport (Easyjet, Ryanair, KLM) – bus or taxi (40-60 minutes to Bath)
• Heathrow is 2 hours by National Express coach or train via Reading

If you’re interested in a taxi from and to the airport, we suggest A Class Cars. Do not hesitate to contact Nick Kingwell (nick@a-classcars.co.uk) with your flight schedule (for both ways) or inquire via their website. You may also indicate whether you’re interested in sharing the ride with other participants, which he’ll then be able to suggest later when possible. Below are the price references.

Bristol Airport to Bath
Saloon: £80 + VAT
MPV: £110 + VAT

Heathrow Airport to Bath
Saloon: £180 + VAT
MPV: £240 + VAT

*All parking charges and drop fees are additional. Usually £6 from drop off and collection at Bristol, Heathrow is £5 drop off and anywhere from £7.50 – £17 on collection.
**Credit card payment is possible, but pre-payment will be required.


  • Margaret Heffernan

    Margaret Heffernan

    Professor of Practice at University of Bath

    Professor of Practice at University of Bath

  • Steve Brammer

    Steve Brammer

    Dean of the School of Management and Vice-President for Planning & Strategy at the University of Bath

    Dean of the School of Management and Vice-President for Planning & Strategy at the University of Bath


Bath, United Kingdom


University of Bath School of Management

Claverton Down


november 6 (wednesday) 16:00 - november 8 (friday) 17:00