15 January 2014

January is traditionally the month of change. With Christmas over and the New Year underway, many of us find ourselves vowing that this will be the year we finally fulfill the resolutions that we have been so determinedly making for the last few years. But for many of our MBA students, January change affects not just their personal life, but even goes as far as their career, as they enroll at HEC Paris MBA and begin their professional transformation, whether they are part of the Full-time or Part-time intake.

The welcome weeks at HEC Paris MBA have been designed to make settling into HEC Paris life for our students as easy as possible, and the recent arrivals of the January 2014 intake were no exception.

Still fresh from their arrival, our MBA students completed their check-in with our team members, stepping onto the campus for the first time as students. Their first morning on campus was full of welcome presentations and ice-breaking activities, and by lunchtime the new arrivals were already starting to settle into their new lives as HEC Paris MBA Students.

The welcome week just wouldn’t be complete without a good team lunch. The buffet lunch, held in the magnificent Hall d’Honneur, provided the students with the opportunity to mix and mingle with members of the MBA Staff. With conversations ranging from Business School rankings to knitting, this was an opportunity for students to meet some friendly faces and learn their points of contact if they ever need help with a problem during their time on campus, all whilst satisfying their thirst for knowledge with bread and du bon vin.

Yet more presentations followed over the next two days – from the MBA Council and MBA Clubs, the Academics and the Careers Management Center (CMC), as well as a quick insight into our Rules and Policies – and by Tuesday lunchtime, our students were well-versed in the HEC Paris MBA culture, eager to throw themselves into the MBA experience.

And throw themselves they did. Our well-reputed ‘Act Your Success’ workshops got under way on the Wednesday, a three-day series of workshops designed to focus on and strengthen our students’ writing, presentation and improvisation skills. This was a great opportunity for the students to work on the fundamental skills needed in any comprehensive job search and allowed them to form bonds with their fellow students as they worked together in small groups to present their ideas to the group.

With all these workshops and presentations, it’s amazing that our students had the energy to stand at the end of the day, but they did and more! Thursday saw the return of the infamous “pbar” party, held in the Piano Bar in the Expansiel building. The evening, by all accounts, was a great success, with some students even lamenting that once a week just wasn’t enough!

We love your enthusiasm guys, keep it up and welcome to the program!

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