As a recent graduate, Michelle recommends finding the right balance between what you want to do and what you can do. By keeping realistic expectations, she was able to land a job as Marketing Manager with Schneider Electric.
Hello, my name is Michelle. I’m the MBA, class of 2014. Before coming to HEC Paris MBA, I was a Marketing/Communications Manager in the Real Estate Industry. In short, I developed shopping centers, hotels and office buildings in China. I worked there 7 years before coming to HEC.
Now, I’m the strategic marketing manager for the IT business of Schneider Electric, taking care of Middle East and Africa. That’s my role right now. It’s very different from what I was doing before.
The most memorable moment from HEC... I’d have to say St-Cyr. It’s a military style leadership training offered to the students. I didn’t get any of this experience before and I don’t think I will in the future. It was very interesting to do so with my peers. People from 40 different nationalities that have different cultural backgrounds are put into a very tough environment for three days. It was quite memorable.
The alumni network of HEC works well. It’s a school with a long history. We can get support from alumni; not only from the MBA but also the grande ecole and masters programs. A lot of them are very willing to help. With that said, I did get a lot of support from the alumni network. I got my current job at Schneider Electric from the alumni network. I’m still in contact with a lot of students from HEC and am willing to pay back that favor.
My recommendation to current and future students is to try to find a balance between what you want to do and what you can do. When we join an MBA program, a lot of us have a specific career goal. But when we are in the school, it’s like a boom. We get a lot of information, meet new people and get a lot of opportunities that we never even thought about before. I think it’s good because we are exploring something new, otherwise we wouldn’t even need change. Somehow this has to stop at a certain period; otherwise we would be wasting a lot of time trying to juggle too many things. This could be dangerous eventually when you need to focus. Spend time networking, talking to the right people and gaining a specific knowledge for your future job.