We want to help young people navigate the world of work. To provide guidance on your job hunt and help offer you the initial work experience that will kick-start your career. We want to make sure that your professional ambitions come true. We, at The Adecco Group, are career and job market experts and we want to share our know-how with you. 

As part of out drive to help young people, Adecco's “CEO for One Month” initiative offers you the chance to develop and showcase your leadership potential, to learn what it takes to succeed as a business leader and to acquire the skills and the experience needed to get your foot on the career ladder. 



After candidates register, one successful candidate will be selected at a national level from the applicant pool to shadow the Adecco Group's country-level CEO for one full month, working side-by-side to experience the life of a senior business leader. In the last 6 years, more than 250 candidates have had this amazing opportunity.


Then, 10 outstanding national participants are selected for a global bootcamp before one will be chosen to work alongside and shadow the global CEO of the Adecco group for one month.


Since 2015, “CEO for One Month” has grown from 32,000 candidates to over 206,000 in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic  .


What is “CEO for One Month”?

The Adecco Group offers you the unique opportunity to become the global CEO for one month, under the direct supervision of the CEO of the Adecco Group, Alain Dehaze.

The selected global CEO for one month will get a taste of how to run a multinational company with 35,000 employees in 60 countries. The highly qualifying experience is a huge boost to any career!

“CEO for One Month” runs in more than 40 countries, where the first step will be for candidates to apply to become CEO for one month in their country of residence, before making it to a shortlist of 10 top performers. Of the final 10 candidates, one will be chosen to become global CEO for one month.


How do I apply to become CEO for one month?

It’s very simple. You can apply to become CEO for one month by completing the application form on this website.

You’ll be asked to provide your information and complete a series of questions. You can also provide information about any education and work experience you may have.


How do I get selected to become CEO for one month? 

It takes a really special individual to become a CEO for one month of the Adecco Group, a Fortune 500 company with 36,000 amazing colleagues in 60 countries. For this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity we are looking for talented and ambitious individuals in the early stage of their careers who prove they have the CEO attitude!

Are you a fast and eager learner who is not intimidated by complex problems? Are you a strong communicator who is resilient and driven even when things get tough? Are you a team player with a passion for people? Then seize this opportunity and apply now for the work experience of a lifetime!


When does the application open?

Applications for the 2021 edition of ‘CEO for One Month’ opened on January 11, 2021 and will close depending on your country of application’s deadline, which you can find here 

Are there any age restrictions?

The CEO for One Month programme is open to anyone looking to apply, but the programme aims to support young adults (18-24) in helping them gain the necessary experience needed to kick-start their career. 


Can I edit my application after I submitted it?

Yes! Simply access the registration page here , input your email and edit any of the information you would like to update. This will automatically update your profile, using your email address as an identifier.


When does registration close in my country?

You can see the closing dates for each country here. Please note that regardless of your country of application, the registrations close on 23:59 CET (Central European Time) of that day.


After registering online, do I need to take any further steps?

Once you fill out all the mandatory fields and submit your CV, you are all set! Check your email regularly for updates. You will be notified of the next steps in the selection process as per the programme schedule.


Do I need to pay anything?

The programme is entirely free of charge for all participants!

Please note however, that we are not able to reimburse you for any travel expenses you might incur when travelling to your local bootcamps, especially if you applied for a country that you don’t reside in. Accommodation and travel to and from the global bootcamp is covered for all participants.


Why doesn’t the programme run in my country?

Due to the structure of the “CEO for One Month”, we are only able to organize the programme in countries where the Adecco Group or any of its commercial affiliates are present.

Additionally, we carefully consider the broader context in each country to ensure participation will be safe and enriching to everyone involved. If at any point we are not able to guarantee the necessary conditions in a particular country, the programme may be postponed or cancelled at any point.


Can I apply to become CEO for one month for a country that I don’t reside in?

All participants must have the necessary legal work permit to work in the country in which you wish to apply and be able to travel and legally reside there. Please do not apply for countries in which you are not eligible to work and reside in at the point of registration. 

If you apply for the role outside of your country of residence, then you will be responsible for making your own travel arrangements. You will also be responsible for any costs you might incur in traveling to and staying in the country in which you have applied.


What does the Country CEO shadowing entail?

During the months of June and July, the lucky Adecco Country CEO for Month will work alongside the CEO or other top positions in Sales, HR, Marketing etc. of the Adecco Group of other subsidiaries companies within the country where they applied. During this month, the CEOs for One Month will continue to be assessed in preparation for the next stage! Oh, we should also mention that you'll not only be gaining valuable experience, but you'll receive a salary during this month!

The top 10 Country CEOs for One Month will be invited to join an exciting global bootcamp in a major city. This will be all expenses paid. During the global bootcamp, the 10 finalists will be assessed through various individual and team challenges. Of these 10 candidates, 1 will be selected to become the Adecco Group global CEO for One Month. This announcement will take place at the end of the bootcamp.

Will I receive compensation as a Country CEO for one month or Global CEO for one month’?

Yes, you will receive a salary both as a Country and Global CEO for One Month. On the country level, your salary will depend on local conditions in the country you applied for.


Why are you organizing the programme? How does the Adecco Group benefit from this?

As the world’s leading provider of HR solutions, the Adecco Group benefits from finding and nurturing young talent all over the world.


It is necessary for us to stay in touch with the youth entering the work force, to understand what skillsets, abilities, and preferences the next generation of workers will bring to the table.

Organizing initiatives like “CEO for One Month” or ‘Experience Work Day,’ we learn about the young talent as much as you learn from taking part in them, and we use this knowledge to predict and prepare, and share the coming trends to ensure we can make the future work for everyone.


Can I apply in more than one country?

Yes, you can apply for more than one country if you meet the mandatory conditions: having the necessary residency and work permits and the ability to travel.


Please note, however, that you will need to file each application separately, using different email addresses and you will also need to go through the assessment process separately for each country you apply for. You will also need to cover any expenses related to your travel to each country’s bootcamp. As the selection process will overlap in all the participating countries, you might also be asked to prioritize one country over the others later during the process.