CEO for a month

12 April 2013

Assad Abbas (22), student at BI, got last Friday the job as CEO of Adecco - if only for the summer. In August, he will lead the largest staffing agency in Scandinavia with 500 employees and 7,000 leased employees.

- Unbelievable! It's almost unreal, says Assad Abbas. Since February 1,700 students have competed to be a substitute CEO of Adecco.

Early leadership

Abbas has been engaged as head of business relations and president for the student union for Business and Economics students. He has also been active through the Students Stock club for students interested in finance and the stock market.

- Combining the CEO contest with both full-time studies and my engagement in the student union has been a bit challenging. Nevertheless, I think you perform better when you can utilize the available time to the maximum.

- In Easter, top ten participants in the contest got a task where they were challenged to put together a team and make proposals for how Adecco can protect their market position. My experience from the student union was a great advantage when it came to finding the right people for the team, and how to motivate them. Being a student leader has given me leadership experience and a network I think it would be hard to find without getting involved in activities besides studies. As a CEO of Adecco, Abbas will also earn a bit more than a student usually gets paid for a summer job.

Important with volunteer positions

- In Easter, top ten participants in the contest got a task where they were challenged to put together a team and make proposals for how Adecco can protect their market position. -My experience from the student union was a great advantage when it came to finding the right people for the team, and how to motivate them. Being a student leader has given me leadership experience and a network I think it would be hard to find without getting involved in activities besides studies.

Not a usual student salary

As a CEO of Adecco, Abbas will also earn a bit more than a student usually gets paid for a summer job.

- The salary of 100 000 NOK is of course a nice addition to a tight student budget, but absolutely not what I had in mind throughout the competition. I’m extremely grateful to be allowed to be Adecco CEO Øwre-Johnsens substitute in August. I think there are few on my age that gets a chance like this, says a humble Abbas.

An active athlete

Abbas has also decided to donate parts of the salary to his local taekwondo club.

- I will donate 10 000 NOK to Grorud Taekwondo club where I have been an active athlete. The club has been important to me for many areas. Through the club, I have learned to constantly set higher ambitions and work targeted towards my goals. Now when I have the chance, I will give something back to the club that has meant so much to me.

- Many people thinks that the job is the competition, but the job starts in August, says Abbas.

 

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