Alyssa is a recent but welcome addition to our team at HEC Paris MBA, arriving in January. As Development Manager for the Middle East, Africa, Oceania and East & South Asia, Alyssa works to attract the best candidates from these regions. Her job means that she is often travelling, attending MBA fairs around the world and answering questions from candidates. When on campus, Alyssa attends Development events such as Roland Garros, campus visits and individual meetings with prospective candidates, either online or in person.
Despite all the travelling and country-hopping, for Alyssa, the best bit of her job is “getting to meet highly intelligent people… you have so many ambitious, motivated people all in the same room and you really have to up your game. It’s inspiring.” As diversity is one of the key values at the heart of our MBA ethos, with 85% of our students coming from outside of France, Alyssa’s job is crucial in ensuring that our student body is as multicultural as it is academically excellent.
Of course, Alyssa’s exposure to prospective MBA students makes her somewhat of an expert at spotting high potential candidates. When asked what she thinks makes a candidate stand out from this ambitious and intelligent crowd, she says, “For me, it’s all about showing real motivation and personality in your application.” She also, however, underlines the importance of creating a clear outline of your future goals and professional aspirations, “Obviously not everyone is going to know exactly where they’ll be in 5 years’ time, but you need to know what you are trying to achieve and get out of an MBA, such as networking, gaining a deeper understanding of business or developing key leadership and managerial skills.” Alyssa suggests getting in touch with our Alumni to help consolidate your plans, or even sending an email to one of our Development Team.
And as for advice, for those considering applying to HEC Paris MBA? “I would recommend targeting only 2-3 schools max; really focus and use your energy to get accepted into those programs!”
If you are interested in knowing more about our MBA program and your MBA potential, you can attend Development events such as MBA fairs and Networking Sessions, all over the world throughout the year. On the horizon for Alyssa is a tour of Asia and the Middle East, fall 2014.