A group of our MBA students recently went on a professional Trek to Dubai and Abu Dhabi with members of The Career Management Center.
A Trek is a trip that is organized to bring students to the best and most sought after companies globally. It gives them direct contact with their future environments; to learn more on-site about a prospective company culture, meet the HR Teams, and engage in meaningful discussions surrounding their industry with top decision makers.
Not to mention, this was a great opportunity to network within these regions with some HEC Alumni by setting up formal office and informal cocktail meetings.
The Dean of the MBA Program, Bernard Garrette was also in Dubai during this time for a series of “Meet the Dean” Events.
The CMC Team at the HEC MBA program has a dedicated curriculum that focuses on maximizing each student’s professional ROI, including many on-campus services such as one-on-one meeting with career coaches and interviews with companies.
We wanted to share with you some photos and student feedback from the recent Trek to Dubai.
Companies and students feedback:
Location: PwC Dubai
“Following our visit to Schneider Electric, we made our way back to Dubai Downtown for a visit to the PWC offices at Emaar Square. From PwC’s side, we met with the HR team consisting of Justyna Szymanska (Senior Officer) and Polly Pathak (Manager) and PwC consultants Grace Chu (Senior Consultant) and Stephanie Chaccour (Senior Consultant).From the meeting, it became clear that PwC is committed to the region and is anticipating on future growth. Underlining this, recent HEC MBA alumnus Elie Daoud joined PwC’s strategy team covering the Middle East region. Later in the evening Philip Shepard (Partner) attended the “meet the Dean” event at Sofitel Jumeirah Beach hotel.”
Location: Schneider Dubai
At Schneider Electric we were welcomed by Turhan Turhangil, President Schneider ME, who took time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about Schneider and -answer questions that the students had about the company and its strategy going forward. This was followed by a discussion with the alumnus on what they do in the ME and about the culture there. The visit on one hand gave us insights about the operations in UAE and on the other hand gave opportunity to network and get a better understanding of what it is like to work at Schneider.
Location: Delta Partners Dubai
The session with Delta Partners was one of the most exciting and eventful ones we had on the Dubai Trek. They were represented by Aurelia Robert, Global Recruitment Manager and Katie Finch, Graduate Recruiter and Consultant & HEC Alumni Pascal Dario Lagarde, at the Meet the Dean event on the 15th of April.
Further, we had the chance to meet them again during the visit to Delta Partners on 16th of April where we were also met Matthew Palmer (Principal), Kostadin Atanasov (Principal), Onur Çetintürk (Consultant and HEC Alumnus) and Pascal Dario Lagarde (Consultant and HEC Alumnus). It was an interactive session and the presentation by Delta Partners provided general information about the projects, organization and also an insight into the life of a consultant and his general schedule.
Unfortunately, the meeting was cut short by an earthquake and we were evacuated, but we will be remembered as the B-school which braved an earthquake with them.
The rest of the meeting was scheduled on the 17th of April, which included a Q&A session and a networking event with the consultants.
Arthur D. Little
Location: ADL Office Dubai
We had the opportunity to visit Arthur D Little office in Dubai. The meeting was hosted by the principal and one manager. The principal shared its experience of doing business in Middle East region and explained in details the culture in Arthur D Little. All students had opportunities to explain their motivation for consulting. The meeting finished with very interactive one on one discussions
Location: Accenture Abu Dhabi
Accenture is based in Abu Dhabi and we were visiting the company when they were celebrating International Women’s day. The visit started off well with some insights from Omar Boulos, MD of Accenture in the Middle East. The talk focused on Accenture’s move to the Middle East and their plan going forward. However, Omar had to leave mid-way to organize the women’s day event and James Arnott took over from there. In between, Sahira Gonzales, Manager, was invited to share her experience of working in Abu Dhabi. We did get some time to talk to Matteo Rudi, HR Director, during Lunch hosted by Accenture.
Boston Consulting Group
Location: BCG Dubai
On 18th April, the fifth day of the trek, we started the day with visiting Boston Consulting Group. The meeting started at 9 am. The BCG people were already prepared for our visit and they even made sure that our HEC alumnus Goran Nesic, now a BCG management consultant, was there at the meeting. The meeting was headed by Mohammed Turra (Principal) and was attended by one HR executive of BCG. Mohammed started the meeting by giving brief presentation about BCG. Then we got the privilege to represent HEC to one of the most reputed consulting company in the world.
The discussion headed to more casual session when Mohammed and Goran shared their experience working at BCG. Their feedbacks and stories were honest and insightful.
Towards the latter half a group case cracking exercise was conducted. The objective was to give an idea about how the actual projects at BCG are. All the trekkers participated and gave their inputs and suggestions.
Location: A.T. Kearney Office Dubai
We visited AT Kearney (ATK) and met 3 partners from different verticals. Presentation was made to us by Cyril Gourp (alumnus) about the focus of ATK in Middle East region. We met 4 other alumni , Sauvik Tegta , Naman Sharma, Ashish Singhal and Andrea Zugrevu . Three of them had joined last year and they suggested attempting case cracking competition by ATK as a good way to learn case cracking as well as networking with seniors in ATK. Internships are generally awarded in Jan-February period and one needs to apply accordingly. For application selection of the office one wants to apply is important and can be done after researching businesses that the company is doing in that particular geography.
Bain & Company
Location: Bain & Company Dubai
At Bain & company, the HEC trek team was met by the Chairman of Bain & Company, Middle East and a team of consultants & case team leaders.
The Chairman, Jean Marie Le Pean, an HEC alumnus, met us warmly and gave a detailed presentation about Bain & company, the economic scenario in Middle East, the work done by Bain & Company in Middle East and the role of a consultant. In his words, “… The political & business leadership in this region expects Bain & company to be a thought partner & provide thought leadership…”
A Bain Consultant is expected to be pragmatic, socially intelligent, honest & direct, energetic, have entrepreneurial spirit and possess strong analytics skill. Having a good sense of humor is a plus J Overall the meeting with the company helped us understand the company and the consulting industry better & build contacts.