Interview with Anca Bratu, Head of Business & Product Development at QS Unisolution
Published: 05 Sep 2016 By Natacha Cullinan
Name: Anca Bratu
Title: Head of Business & Product Development
Company: QS Unisolution
Which schemes are available at your company for 16 – 24 year olds? Do you offer internships? Are there apprenticeships? What about graduate schemes?
As we are a software company focused on the higher education sector, we care deeply about people and learning. We would like to offer everyone the opportunity to grow, learn and reach their potential.
We work closely with universities and organisations in education, and we are always happy to have students joining our company as part of their development programme.
To give you an example, through the Erasmus programme, we receive amazing talent all year around. We offer three to six months internships across one or multiple departments – depending on the student’s objectives and pathway. We always put the student at the centre of the internship, and we try to create a special training experience for each of our interns.
A new programme we opened this year is focused on helping students have a practical case for their dissertation project. Students enrolled on a master’s or MBA course are offered the opportunity to focus their dissertation research project on QS Unisolution’s software products. We support them for 12 weeks to make sure they gain the practical part of the business.
Furthermore, we have roles for young graduates in different department in QS Unisolution. These roles tend to be the next step after an internship.
What do your recruitment schemes looks like? E.g. length, departments, period of the year
We are recruiting all year long. This depends a lot on the university, organisation or programme; timelines can be anything from 12 weeks to six months, to a yearly contract.
How long does the recruitment process take?
The recruitment process is ongoing but, as an average, it takes one to two months per candidate.
Can candidates work abroad?
We are a very international company, with over 43 languages spoken in our office in London HQ; it’s like traveling around the globe in one day! We also have an office in Germany, so there is scope to move around as you progress in your career. Some roles also allow people to work remotely, so that could be anywhere around the globe.
What do you think adds to a candidate’s profile?
Enthusiasm is really important, as is a passion and will to learn. Candidates that go far with us have a combination of skills, but also a really good attitude. They’re curious to see what they can do, and do more of. That really sets you apart from the competition.
What advice would you give candidates for their application? And what about their interview?
You need to be passionate about what you want to learn. Nowadays, we all have so many opportunities and we all have the option to choose to do what we are passionate about. If the candidate is passionate, and has researched the company properly, filling an application form or passing an interview will be a piece of cake, as everything will come from the heart.
Which common mistakes do applicants make?
Not researching the company properly, and what we do, before the interview.
What have young recruits gone on to do at your company?
In most cases, after finishing an internship successfully, and proving yourself, you will be offered a permanent role; to start with it will be on an executive or junior level, but there is huge scope to grow and progress your career quickly across the company.
In the case of longer term internships, when interns are working across multiple departments, after an agreed period, interns can pick their department of choice to carry on, based on the work they enjoyed the most.
Where can candidates apply?
There are various options for candidates to apply: via their university, on our website www.qs-unisolution.com/ or by keeping up-to-date with opportunities advertised on our LinkedIn page www.linkedin.com/company/243103.