Franklin University Switzerland recently hosted an invigorating workshop that exemplified its commitment to experiential learning, blending academic theories with real-world business insights. The Division of Business and Economics, in collaboration with Deloitte Consulting Switzerland, organized a “Think Tank with Deloitte – Future of Fashion”, a 1-day event that offered both graduate and undergraduate students a dynamic platform to interact with industry professionals and apply their knowledge to contemporary business challenges.
The workshop kicked off in the Student Lounge at the McNeely Center of Ideas & Imagination, where students were warmly greeted by the Deloitte team and in particular by Adam Stanford, Managing Partner at Deloitte Consulting Switzerland and a proud Franklin alumnus. His presence underscored the seamless integration of Franklin's academic community with its global network of successful alumni.
Throughout the day, students were divided into two groups to tackle a set of engaging and educational activities. One group delved into a fashion case study, dissecting the latest trends and business strategies within the fast-evolving fashion industry. Meanwhile, the other group participated in a "workplace" crash course, receiving invaluable tips on career development and excelling in the job market. After lunch, the groups swapped activities, ensuring every student had the chance to experience and benefit from the full scope of the workshop's offerings.
"This whole day gives the students a real insight into what it’s like to be a consultant. […] We are going above the content, above the theory and giving them a real insight into what we do day to day."
Lily Johnstone, Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting Switzerland
The enthusiasm among the students was palpable, driven by more than just the excitement of learning new skills. Deloitte's announcement of two open positions for a 12-month internship, set to commence in September 2024 in Zurich, energized the crowd with the prospect of tangible, life-changing opportunities. This announcement was a clear indication of the synergistic partnership between Franklin University Switzerland and a global consulting powerhouse like Deloitte.
"It really comes down to passion, hunger, curiosity, commitments, and that’s the kind of stuff you can’t learn from textbooks. It’s what you learn in a liberal arts environment such as this one. Which is why we value Franklin that much."
Bernand Sinnaeve, Chief Operating Officer at Deloitte Consulting Switzerland and Adjunct Professor of Business and Economics at Franklin
This workshop is a testament to Franklin University Switzerland’s unique approach to higher education, where learning goes beyond the classroom and into the realm of professional development. By offering a space where theory meets practice, Franklin ensures that its students are not just ready to face the challenges of the world, but to thrive in them.