Posts Tagged ‘Class of 2014’

05 March 2013

Wednesday 27th February 2013 saw our second annual Energy Day, in partnership with the Grande Ecole. We welcomed numerous worldwide energy companies to our campus including Alstom, Nomura, Gamesa and Schlumberger, who presented challenging and emotive topics. The day was organized by our MBA Energy Club, and involved over 90 students from across the HEC Paris Community.

Louis Sonnois of Alstom speaking at HEC Energy Day

The day included round table debates focused on Traditional vs. Renewable, discussions on the challenges faced by the oil industry and presentations centered on global trends in energy use.

Samuel Rocha (Class of 2014), of the Energy Club felt the 2nd HEC Energy Day was a great achievement and further proof that HEC Students can organize high profile events with international companies. To me the true success of this event would be for it to become a tradition and a link for the school with the Energy World. I hope to return to the HEC campus in 5 years and see the 7th edition of the HEC Energy Day.

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26 February 2013

The many professional clubs at HEC Paris MBA provide opportunities to create a peer network of similar interests, meet with alumni, industry leaders and learn more about a particular sector.

Here’s a  first hand account of one of our recent MBA Speaker Series as reported by current student Julie Haspeslagh (Class 2014):

An MBA at HEC Paris is about learning new things and developing yourself: the more you know the more your dare! The modular education system allows us to choose those educational experiences that are best for your personal plan: specialized courses, certificates, internships or fieldwork projects. Doing all this will get you a great education… But…

… that’s not where it stops… An MBA at HEC Paris is more about meeting new people, discovering new cultures and learning about companies, businesses and career choices. One of the greatest ways to experience this is through our student run MBA clubs.

Speaker Series for Wines Club HEC

HEC MBA Student with Guest speaker

This week the MBA clubs had the chance of welcoming Yann Soenen, HEC MBA 2009. As Regional Director Asia Pacific Champagnes for Pernod Ricard, our alumnus came to talk to us about the challenges brands are facing managing global brands in emerging and established markets. Taking the example of the Mumm Champagne, we talked about business development in markets such as France, China and Australia.

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18 January 2013

Background:

Name: Yamini Naik

Age: 25

Nationality: Indian

Intake: September 2012 Full-Time

Club Involvement: Co-President of General Management & Leadership Club, Member of The Executive Committee on campus (TEC)

At the start of my MBA program at HEC, in one of the programs organized by the Career Management Center (CMC), we were asked to describe ourselves in 3 words. The words I chose were discovery, passion and fun and surprisingly these are the exact words I would choose to describe my HEC MBA experience!

Contrary to how I might appear on first sight, I’m a geek at heart!

I come from a software engineering background; having enjoyed my engineering studies, 5 years in the software industry as a developer, and 4 years as a software quality engineer.

As community service has always been important to me and just testing software was not service oriented enough, a couple friends and I started a social initiative that enabled students to participate in real life industry projects. This experience helped me realize the business skills I lacked and I started to feel that I wasn’t discovering enough as a software engineer.

And that’s when I made one of the best decisions of my life – to quit my job and do a MBA at HEC!

Travelling, meeting people from different cultures, discovering their stories, learning new languages and understanding new cultures have always been something I love!  As I was learning French for a year before I joined HEC, I knew I wanted to live and work in France to strengthen my command over the language. I also knew I wanted a school that focuses on diversity. And HEC Paris MBA was the best choice and I am not disappointed at all.

Where else can one find 33 nationalities in one room! In the last 5 months at HEC I have discovered so many new cultural traits, festivals, places and traditions! One of my good friends is a girl from Kazakhstan! The learning from the professionally and culturally diverse class has been the greatest value added for me.

At HEC we have cultural weeks organized by each cultural group: so far we have had the American, French, Indian and Japanese weeks and I enjoyed these events thoroughly. I’ve especially learnt so much about Japanese culture and the people and now I know for sure that I want to visit and live in Japan at some point in my life!

Recently we also had the HEC Talent Show which was great way to discover some of the talents of my classmates and also showcase my own talents as an Indian classical dancer.

<My performance at HEC Talent Show >

You’ll find that clubs at HEC are very active, helpful and great value adds to any MBA participant. Through clubs you can network with classmate with backgrounds in fields that might interest you, get in touch with alumni, do additional case cracking, meet and listen to great speakers, participate in business school competitions. There is something in store for everyone.

HEC Paris MBA Student Profile Photo

<CEO Speaker Series Event with GML Club>

The MBA at HEC has also been one of self discovery. Though I am still exploring different career options, I’ve narrowed down my list and now know that I’m best suited for business development or corporate strategy roles.

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