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27 October 2014

Thomas Negrel

HEC Paris MBA, Class of 2010

With pre-MBA experience in the French armed forces, Thomas Negrel was looking to change careers. He had strong managerial and leadership experience having previously worked as a French Gendarme and SWAT team leader. He joined the HEC Paris MBA in 2008 but was initially unsure of a specific career path. “I decided to take the big step and join the MBA program, not really knowing what I wanted to do, actually, not having any idea what I wanted to do.”

With an open outlook during the fundamental phase of the program, he had a revelation. “I really loved my Corporate Finance teacher, and I decided that since I understood the subject, that it could be a good path.” This initial interest in Finance eventually led him to accepting a post-MBA job with French bank BNP Paribas in Mergers & Acquisitions.

Since graduating in 2010, Thomas regularly finds himself returning to HEC Paris. Seeing that many MBA students were curious about careers in finance but unsure about how to get a foot in the door, he worked with the Career Management Center to develop a “Finance Bootcamp,” which he now teaches. This introduction to the world of finance gives the students an opportunity to discover more about the field, the types of jobs available, the varying hiring processes and how to network.

Thomas has recently moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he is now working as Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions for William Blair & Company.

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07 October 2014

From Jouy-en-Josas, to the heart of the Loire,
we departed one night, but did not go by car.
T’was a chariot of grey made of welded steel trusses -
If you want to be boring then you might call them buses.

From forty-four nations, some old and some new;
we had all been collected – the fortunate few.
The future looked brighter, and the past seemed less grim;
for the future was ‘beer’, and the past, ‘Negosim’!

We had joined here together for the singular aims
of drinking and dancing ’til we all recalled names.
Some simple, some hard; and the pro-nun-cia-tion,
formed a part of the game that we called ‘Integration’.

So the grey bus swerved sideways,
past the traffic and holes;
as we sang and and we smiled
at the shouts of “Hi Skol!”.

It was well into darkness when we rolled in to town;
but we all knew our place and we promptly sat down.
With a towel and a bedroom, all the problems met;
save for one tiny task that we hadn’t met yet.

First light brought us coffee as we boarded each bus;
red eyes were the fashion – we were too tired to fuss.
We all knew the schedule; t’was a lot to fit in;
so we quietly rolled on to ‘Chateau Tintin’.

Thus the day it continued in a similar vein;
with the chateaus expended we were given champagne.
In these renaissance homes of the highest of classes,
t’was symbolic, I thought, that some made off with glasses.

The bubbles crescendoed and rose to our heads,
and we boarded the buses, most dreaming of beds.
Yet the silence was shattered by a larakin lad:
“The night is not over! There is fun to be had!”

Once more dawn ascended, and the schedule changed;
while the first day brought culture, the second brought games.
We would finish with races, but first had the chance,
to complete an adventure each chose in advance.

Some preferred walking, and some chose the bike;
these were all worthy options, and I’m sure they were liked.
But if I’m to be honest, there’s a thing I must say -
that the better of us chose a REAL M-Bee-A.


With the honey consumed and our bags in the back,
The buses took off at great speed for the track.
There we drove round in circles until everyone won,
and we laughed and we cheered in the last of the sun.

A few hours later we saw HEC -
That feeling of ‘home’ was a new one indeed.
The journey was over, the end was in sight;
and with mouthfuls of pizza we all said “Good night.”

Now I sit here reflecting on the weekend we’ve had,
the fact that it’s over makes me feel a bit sad.
But then I remember that the next is not far,
and in fact might come early…how ‘bout Thursday…P-Bar?

- HEC Paris MBA Participant from Sept ’14 intake
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01 October 2014

The Part-time MBA option presents professionals with the unique opportunity to carry out their MBA studies while allowing them to minimize time away from the workplace. Spending just one week per month on campus allows participants to learn in class one week and then directly apply the skills they gained at work the next. By working and studying concurrently, Part-time students gain instantly applicable knowledge – a benefit both for themselves and for their employers. As owner of his own asset management firm, Mathieu Dessallien decided to pursue the Part-time option to gain valuable business skills to progress his career.

“Studying at HEC Paris will not only give me a diploma, it teaches me these competencies.”

One of the most frequently mentioned benefits of studying Part-time is the opportunity to mix with students from diverse professional backgrounds: from lawyers, to entrepreneurs, and even classical musicians – the diversity of the classes offers a variety of professional perspectives. The range of nationalities in each intake is equally beneficial for developing a global outlook: by working and collaborating with peers from different countries and cultural backgrounds, students develop a truly international perspective – a key skill needed in today’s diverse world of business. The program presents students with the opportunity to learn, expand their corporate network, enhance their leadership skills, all while allowing them to maintain a balance between their work and personal lives. Alongside her Part-time coursework, Flore Fesquet is looking into the possibility of starting her own firm.

“The Part-time option was good for me because it gave me the time to look into that [starting a firm] at the same time as studying, and it’s something I’m still considering.”

If there’s anything to be learned from the Part-time participants it’s that one mold does not fit all. Studying Part-time allows students both the flexibility and the time needed to develop a personalized plan to progress their careers.

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