Success, consciousness, career
On the occasion of Corvinus KarrierExpo we visited the Corvinus University of Budapest. The event was organized by the Corvinus Student Media Center and Colibri.
Who were present?
Márton Galambos, chief editor of Forbes started his presentation by stating that he had had no trust in the success of Forbes at its launch in November 2013, and he calculated with the risk of failure already in his contract. Mr. Galambos started his career at the communications journal “Kreatív,” but before becoming chief editor at Forbes, he worked as a journalist at Origó and Figyelő. he believes that in journalism you cannot avoid conflicts. If there are no conflicts, it is not well done.
The owner of Adamsky Advertising, Ádám Vaszary is an advertising expert and was ranked 29th on Forbes’ 30 Under 30. He mentioned as one of the key elements of his agency’s success having E.ON Hungary among his clients from the very first moment.
Person Communications was introduced by its CEO, Richárd Hampuk, who also figures on the list 30 Under 30.
Dávid Lucskó’s first encounter with a camera happened at ATV when he was sixteen. He learnt the tricks of interview-making very quickly, and was eager to find a place where he could profit from this knowledge. When he went to a job interview at Hays, he had no concrete idea of what he was doing there. “The elevator reached the top floor, I saw the 360 degree panorama, and I immediately thought: I don’t know what you’re doing here, but this is where I’d like to work!” Currently he’s studying political science at Corvinus University and his name is not on the Forbes list.
Marci Csuzi confessed that he’s not a man of punctuality and even San Francisco could not change this. As the intern of Prezi he was surprised to see day after day that nobody gave a hoot about it.
What advice would you give someone entering the labor market?
According to Galambos, speaking different languages is very important – a must when it comes to making interviews. “Learn languages, go somehow and work abroad, with the Erasmus program, for instance.” He added that being keen and having an honest face are also crucial and help you a lot. Ádám Vaszary: “Know what you’re good at… Well, it’s not as simple as that. I thought that I was a good graphic designer, and it turned out that I wasn’t. Discover your real talent, give it five years. You must start at the bottom of the ladder, do the rounds, be the guy doing all the errands. If this is what you want, stick to it and hold on.”
“Think in solutions and don’t be blinded by your ideas” – emphasized Richard Hampuk as a matter of fact.
Dávid Lucskó never compromises: “Dream big and get up early.”
Marci applied at Prezi twice. He was refused in the first round; then he helped one of his friends apply and appeared in his video. Later he found out that it had been highly appreciated when he gave it a go for the second time.
The representative of Forbes considers the mentor’s role vital in the improvement of the trainee, and everybody agrees with him.
“The Demján (the fourth richest person in Hungary in 2015) and Csányi (the richest man in Hungary in 2015) kind of people are immediately followed by the young” – says Marci vehemently – “and then there’s a huge gap with hardly any mentors to mediate and build bridges between the two.”
According to Ádám, if he had had a mentor, he/she could have told him not to stick too much to his own solutions.
Many people may have questions related to the practical side of starting a company, for example: how important is it to work as an employee somewhere before launching your own business? You only delude yourself if you think that as an entrepreneur you have no boss. Your client is the boss – made it clear Ádám Vaszary. Another question addressed to Marci wanted to find out whether it is only the result that matters or also the time spent with it. In his opinion, in the case of multinational companies it is okay to leave at 5 p.m., but you cannot do it with a startup. Sometimes they work 10-12 hours a day. It would be good if there were more startups…
At Prezi, there are 10-12 hour workdays – continues Márton Galambos – the notion of “holiday” there equals “you can work until you drop.” Prezi offers mothers-to-be the opportunity to work at home, the ex-intern, Marci Csúzi adds.
In ten years…?
In such a dynamically developing area it may be interesting to know what those working at these companies may expect in ten or twenty years’ time in the business world.
Márton Galambos intends to work for 5-10 years at Forbes, this is when his mandate expires. Ádám would take to producing films, adding that he doesn’t want to work 10-12 hours in a row. As he can see, it is only feasible if he’s really good at it.
The leader of Person Communications would change his role at the company or would sell it by that time, avoiding burnout.
“At Hays the situation is a little bit more complicated because people there burn out in 4-5 years” – says Dávid Lucskó, concerned. “And where could I go? Hays is already leading the market.”
Marci also envisages his future in the film industry.
Written by Balázs Csaplár.
Translated by Mária Kenesei.