Meet Kitti-Lai, technical student at CERN. "It’s a lifetime opportunity, and you will know it once you are here!"

There’s no better way to learn than on-the-job. When that job happens to be in a world-famous organisation and centre of scientific excellence, even better. 

Every year, CERN hires over 200 Bachelor/Master level undergraduates in Applied Physics, Engineering or Computing to take part in the Technical Student Programme, in which Students benefit froma practical training period of between 4 to 12 months at CERN during the course of their studies. 

It’s more than work experience. In fact, it’s a student programme like nowhere else on Earth. And who better to talk about this opportunity than the people who are currently taking part?

Note: The Technical Student Programme is currently open for applications, closing date 12th April 2017.

In this blog post, we invite you to meet Kitti Lai, a technical student from Trondheim, Norway, who works in CERN's International Relations Department, Education, communications and Outeach group....

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

2016 has been a very busy year for Talent Acquisition at CERN: since the 1st of January, more than 130 vacancies have been advertised, over 16000 CVs have been read, and over 670 candidates have come to CERN for a face to face interview. And that’s only for staff positions! Student and fellow recruitment have also been intense with 100s of candidates selected in the various committees to take part in their own adventure at CERN this year.

The reward for this intensive work is considerable for us: to witness the scale of the desire to take part in such a fantastic endeavour that is CERN, to meet such inspiring, motivated people from all walks of life, and to see so many new faces joining CERN, enriching our diversity each and every day.  

2017 promises to be another exciting, enriching and...

Translating messages through images: the power of video

Video [mass noun] The recording, reproducing, or broadcasting of moving visual images. (The Oxford dictionary)

To me, video symbolises a wonderful means by which we bring experiences, situations, memories to life, encapsulating them, making them last. Video today is part of our daily life, whether through a quick capture of an enjoyable moment at work, in leisure pursuits, or through a well-planned, crafted production to translate a message and engage with people, providing information beyond words. If YouTube statistics are anything to go by, we’re all videoing, with 300 hours’ worth of video uploaded every minute on the channel and over 5 billion videos watched every single day!

At CERN, video is a way for us to describe how great it is to work for this unique Organization. Challenge, Purpose, Imagination, Collaboration, Integrity and Quality of life are the factors people have collectively identified as key to...

Leaving CERN

I see CERN as one of the best employers I’ve ever worked for. Not only is the Organization incredibly active at the forefront of modern science, trying to answer some of the most challenging questions about our universe, but it also has a great organisational culture which I regularly try to share in this blog. I am always impressed to see how much staff, graduates, students, and partners are committed to a common objective, and I feel grateful for working here.

I’m not the only one. In 2009, a survey was undertaken by our HR Department and the University of Psychology in Lyon, and found out that 97.2% of CERN employees were proud to work here – a percentage the senior researcher leading the survey had never seen in his career. More recently, on a famous...

CERN's Buddy programme

If you are reading these lines, it is probably because you are interested in relocating abroad to work for an international organisation such as CERN. While it often represents a strategic and exciting move in a career, changing country for a new job is always a challenging project from professional and personal perspectives. Indeed, in addition to changing working environments, one has to adapt to a whole new culture in day to day life: a very enriching experience, whatever the challenges one may encounter along the way.

Most global employers have dedicated services to support expatriates to join their organisation. In addition to the usual associated benefits package, the help provided to facilitate integration in the local area can include housing services, language courses, or even spouse employment. This is the case at CERN, where...

Summer at CERN

 I love long Summer days. The early morning quiet, sunrise and the freshness of the air before the heat of the day takes hold; long balmy evenings and all associated promises, picnics, barbecues, walks - it makes you feel like you can live two lives in a single day!

At CERN, Summer months are special for many reasons. People enthusiastically discuss their forthcoming holiday plans, taking off with a spring in their step looking forward to recharge after months of hard work. It may seem as though CERN’s population is decreasing, but that is a false impression. Summer at CERN is characterised by an influx of fresh, young energy with the arrival of the Summer Students, 280 of them this year from no less than 80 countries! They all come to work on a project and to follow a...

Do CERN’s Organisational values speak to you?

You’ve finished your studies, or you’re seeking a new challenge in your professional life.  You’re looking for a job, looking up companies or Organisations which may offer the positions that match your experience and skillset, researching what they have to offer you as a prized candidate.

In doing so what is important to you as a candidate? The scope of the role? The location? The benefits? More and more today, candidates are looking for a company with values that match their own: a company with which they can identify, from its mission and purpose, through to the values it upholds and what it has to offer you as a person.

The key to any organisation or company’s success is the competence of its people, and to have people working at their...

Interviewing Genevieve Guinot, Head Diversity Office

This month, the Recruitment Unit wanted to publish a post related to something which is important to CERN: Diversity. Genevieve Guinot, Head Diversity Office, is answering some of the questions you may have about how CERN is a diverse organisation, and how is it like to work here.

Why would I be interested in working in a diverse organization?

If you are looking to learn from different perspectives and approaches, you would be interested in working in a diverse environment. If you are truly convinced that the cross-fertilisation of ideas boosts creativity and innovation, you would be interested in working in a diverse organization like CERN.

Working in a diverse environment is enriching and rewarding, and requires an openness to other cultures, to welcome approaches and viewpoints different to one’s own.

Diversity, or bringing together people from different countries and cultures to work on a common goal, has...

Happy 2016 !





See you in February for the next post.

Sourcing or the art of fishing for rare fish

Diversity is a core value for CERN and is evident all around us: in the cultures working side by side, in the wide range of professions, backgrounds, languages spoken, and even at the restaurant where you can find all kinds of different food! The Recruitment Unit is fully engaged in promoting diversity, for example in raising panel members’ awareness on any unconscious biases they can experience during an interview, or when handling the challenge to source and find the best applicants in our 21 Member States for staff positions, and beyond for our programs.

Sourcing is all about finding and attracting the right talents, and to use an analogy we could compare it to fishing… Don’t worry,...