Business Links

The bridge between graduates and companies

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Business Links is an annual event dedicated to the meeting of graduating students and companies looking for professionals in the field of fashion. Polimoda invites Human Resource Managers, headhunters and professionals to meet our best talents, a successful formula guaranteeing students the unique opportunity to present themselves and their work, and likewise for companies to select the most promising young professionals to join their ranks.

The 11th edition of the annual event will take place in Florence on March 20th, 21st and 22nd, 2019. Companies and professionals are invited to the Polimoda Design Lab – the school’s creative headquarters located in the heart of the Florentine district – to meet and conduct interviews with candidates of interest.

Business Links will be attended by alumni and Undergraduate or Master students in the areas of Fashion Design, Fashion Business and Design Management due to complete their studies by next June. The participating companies will meet with pre-selected candidates – handpicked to optimize student-company matches – to review resumes and portfolios and identify new talents to be included in their team.

During the individual interviews, each student will have the unique opportunity to present his/herself individually to Human Resource Managers and be selected for internships and work opportunities that complete their course of study. To this end, Business Links also functions as a platform for identifying senior alumni seeking new opportunities, all selected from the Polimoda alumni network.

LinkedIn Day

On Thursday, March 21st, Leonardo Mainardis, Account Executive of Talent Solutions at LinkedIn, is at the Polimoda Design Lab to conduct one-on-one sessions with students and alumni interested in optimizing their online presence and relationship network through the largest community of professionals in the world.

The morning will be dedicated to alumni, who will learn about LinkedIn solutions dedicated to companies and professionals, while the afternoon will be set aside for students interested in enhancing their personal profiles.

Workshop with Manuela Brini, LVMH

In conjunction with this year’s event, LVMH Fashion Group Creative Talents Manager Manuela Brini hosts an exclusive workshop in Villa Favard’s Sala della Presidenza for students currently enrolled in the Master in Fashion Art Direction.

Having joined the Group in 2012, the expert vaunts over 20 years in the fashion and luxury industry, her global responsibility focused on following creative talent, scouting, acquisition and development for ten LVMH fashion brands. Prior to joining the LVMH ranks, Brini obtained a BSC in Economics at the University of Florence and later worked as a creative search consultant for 7 years at a renowned French executive firm, in addition to holding various roles in events production, wholesale commercial, RTW production and economic consulting.

Alumni Night

On Friday, March 22nd, after the annual Business Links has come to a close, Polimoda welcomes back its former students to Villa Favard with the third edition of Alumni Night, an exclusive networking meetup aimed at celebrating the Polimoda People community.

During the evening, the annual Polimoda Alumni Award will be presented to a member of our alumni network in recognition of their outstanding achievements at the international level.

Registration

In order to participate, companies are required to register using the designated form – by February 28th, 2019.

Students and Alumni will be contacted by Polimoda in accordance with the selection made in collaboration with the participating companies.

Program
Business Links / March 20, 21 and 22 / Design Lab
9am – 4pm
Accreditation
9:30am – 6pm
Interviews (by appointment only)
12:30pm – 2.30pm
Open lunch break
LinkedIn Day / March 21 / Design Lab
10am – 1pm
Alumni: Economic Graph, Employer Branding, Talent Acquisition, B2B Communication
2pm – 5pm
Students: Rock Your Profile (Personal Brand), Advance My Career
Special events / March 22 / Villa Favard
3pm
Workshop with Manuela Brini
7:30pm
Alumni Night