Jelux board from left to right: Yasen Buhlev (general manager), Anna Stoyanova (public relations officer), Riad Mammadzada (treasurer), Anastasiya Yankovich (general secretary), Jonathan Arias (president) and Esteban Cervera (marketing officer).
Luxembourg University's junior enterprise association, Jelux, was founded by students for students in 2014. President Jonathan Arias talks about nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit in higher education.
Jess Bauldry: Please tell us briefly what Jelux is?
Jonathan Arias: Jelux stands for Junior Enterprise of the University of Luxembourg, a non-profit organisation with the goal of providing students with professional experience. We expose students to a corporate structure that enables them to practise multiple competencies and bridge their theoretical background with practical experience. We foster in our members multidisciplinary spirit, entrepreneurship and transferable skills.
How many members do you have and what are their backgrounds?
We are currently 81 members who include a wide variety of academic backgrounds. Our combined expertise includes finance, information technology, entrepreneurship, engineering, management, law, marketing, psychology and linguistics.
How do you measure successful connections between students and the business world and how many have you had since Jelux was founded in 2014?
In an increasingly competitive academic and professional market, extracurricular activities and validated performance positively influence the professional outreach of our members. We could measure our member’s success in four possible ways.
i) Curricular strengthening. Members involved in professional missions substantially complement their résumé.
ii) Market awareness. Active members are able to have a global overview of the key professional players in their particular field and shape their career accordingly.
iii) Self-awareness. Engaged members can timely identify areas where personal improvement is required. We provide training and workshops to support this instance.
iv) Outward growth. Through the development of missions and participation in networking events, our members can directly expand their professional network benefiting their career in a socially rewarding manner. We estimate that 150 members have benefited in these aspects since 2014.
What is your elevator pitch for businesses in Luxembourg to engage with Jelux?
We have at our disposal unique multidisciplinary teams to provide Luxembourg businesses with tailor-made solutions. This wide range of competencies is rarely accessible through a single institution, and through Jelux is available to address the needs of your business. The corporate missions provided to Jelux promote the training of our members, who in turn would enter the professional market, benefiting local business with their advanced experience.