Adecco India selects CEO for one month


Mohit Mahajan will spend a month under the mentorship of India country manager & MD Priyanshu Singh and fellow members of the executive team, as CEO for one month

Adecco has selected 48 talented young people from all over the world to take on the role of CEO for one month, for its ‘CEO for One Month’ programme that was launched in February this year. The finalist from India, Mohit Mahajan, will work alongside and under the mentorship of Priyanshu Singh, country manager and MD, Adecco Group India. This year, the initiative received about 1,20,000 applications from across the world.

Mahajan will have the opportunity to learn on the job and gain privileged overview of management in a complex, global organisation. As CEO for one month, he will receive a paid internship which will also help enhance his CV and career prospects.

Mahajan, a student of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi and Jaypee University of Information Technology, was one of the 6500+ applicants for the CEO for one month internship in India. The candidates underwent a series of tests and challenges to reach the final round of selection.

“We are thrilled to have Mohit Mahajan on board the Adecco India team as the *CEO for one month 2017”, says Priyanshu Singh, country manager and MD, Adecco Group India. He adds, “Lack of work experience is a major barrier in entering the labour market. This programme is designed to give aspiring and capable young people like Mohit a chance to gain unparalleled exposure to the dynamic world of running a large organisation and help them build the foundation to a successful career.”
Since the scheme’s introduction four years ago, more than 140 successful candidates have joined The Adecco Group ‘CEO for One Month’ network. Initiated with the goal of helping young people to enhance their employability, the programme has become an outstanding talent scouting process for The Adecco Group and its clients, with many successful candidates subsequently joining the company and receiving further professional opportunities.

“It is not every day that you get on-the-job experience under the mentorship of the top management and I believe that the training and feedback I receive here will play a huge role in forming my professional outlook,” says Mahajan.

Shadowing the senior management executives, the apprentice CEOs join internal operations reviews and meetings with clients, and national and international institutions. They learn about the workforce solutions industry and deal with themes ranging from human capital management to talent and leadership development, as well as corporate strategy and the definition of concerted actions to tackle today’s labour market challenges. Participants then have a further opportunity to be selected as ‘Global CEO for One Month’, offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to work alongside Alain Dehaze, The Adecco Group’s global CEO.

‘CEO for One Month’ is a part of Way to Work programme launched in 2013 to give young people opportunities and allow them to thrive through the power of work.  Adecco Way to WorkTM also offers young people internships and apprenticeships (more than 10,500 between 2015 and 2017), career guidance and training. Striving to tackle youth unemployment and talent mismatches, The Adecco Group also works with private and public partners in programmes like the Nestlé Alliance for Youth and the Global Apprenticeship Network.     

It is noteworthy that diversity was also a remarkable feature in this year’s CEO for one month programme, with 25 young men and 23 young women getting the chance to test their skills, understand their strengths and aspirations and improve their employability hailing from as far afield as Brazil, China, the Nordics and Turkey.

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Prajjal Saha is the editor and publisher of HRKatha, which he founded in 2015. With nearly 25 years of experience in business journalism, writing, and editing, he is a true industry veteran who possesses a deep understanding of all facets of business, from marketing and distribution to technology and human resources. Along with his work at HRKatha, he is also the author of the Marketing White Book. Thanks to his extensive experience and expertise, he has become a trusted source of insight and analysis for professionals across a wide range of industries.