Digital revolution, pandemic, climate change… business schools are adapting to educate students who are alert to tomorrow’s challenges and who can reinvent themselves during their careers.
For example, the ESC Clermont Business School, from the Master, offers an à la carte course to enable everyone to express their potential by multiplying experiences and exploring what gives meaning to their lives. Proof by example with 5 profiles of young graduates with great and inspiring career paths.
Mélissa Alauze: with her master’s degree in business school and her doctorate at Polytechnique, she aims to transform companies through design and innovation.
Mélissa entered ESC Clermont BS through the Passerelle competition, without a specific job project. The student takes advantage of the many career opportunities the school offers to go on an Erasmus for six months in England and then take a gap year in Paris at an innovation agency. “There I discovered the humanities and social sciences, but also design. Then I returned to Clermont-Ferrand to do my last master year, in the specialty Innovations and Entrepreneurship, which I did during a work study in the innovation department of Société Générale”. After her master’s degree, she obtained a doctorate at the École Polytechnique, where she joined the CRG (Center for Research in Management), a laboratory specialized in innovation management. She is starting a thesis on the continuous process of design integration within a major retail giant. While maintaining her research status, Mélissa has just signed a contract with a Parisian innovation agency to develop innovation strategies, her field of choice since she left ESC Clermont BS.
Alex Tarditi: Passionate about Asia and driven by a love of travel, he thrives today in the prestigious world of exceptional wines
After completing a DUT GEA in Clermont-Ferrand, Alex joined the Master Grande Ecole at ESC Clermont Business School in 2013. “I chose this school because it was the only one that offered the opportunity to study abroad. After only a year in Clermont-Ferrand. And I was also very interested in the Master Grande École course program, very complete, with a fairly broad vision of business and practical tour, with case studies, companies that come on site to discuss with students”. During his studies, he studied in China for two semesters, then during his gap year in Shanghai he worked in the Castel group, number 1 in wine in Europe. He then started a double master’s degree in International Business “Doing business in Asia” at ESC Clermont Business School, during a year in South Korea. He is now export manager at Vranken-Pommery Monopole, number 2 in champagne in the world, responsible for Asia and the Middle East.
Marine Michelet, in the midst of the Covid crisis, left her post in New York to traverse the US and launch two activities particularly close to her heart
Marine joined the ESC Clermont BS in 2012 after completing her baccalaureate degree to pursue a bachelor’s degree in International Management. “I chose this school because of the family atmosphere, the bachelor’s degree which was the best in France at the time, and the possibility of going abroad for the final year in a partner school. I spent this third year in Colombia, where I obtained a French and Colombian double degree focused on international management”. New York, Asia, Canada… The young woman has a series of professional experiences in the four corners of the world before starting to coach her own life to help professionals give more meaning to their careers. She traveled across the United States in a school bus with her companion and co-founded @Ads for change, a digital agency for companies and associations with a positive impact. “We support them to raise awareness of their causes, increase donations, recruit volunteers, through social media campaigns and through Google Ads and Google Ad Grants. The latter makes it possible to get $10,000 free ads per month and for life. It is a program that associations do not know, that do not benefit from it”. Marine is now based in Mexico and recognizes that she owes her open-mindedness to the ESC Clermont Business School. “When you leave high school, you don’t necessarily know what you want to do with your life. The ESC Clermont BS opened up the field of opportunities for me and gave me some useful soft skills throughout my professional life, such as teamwork and openness to others.”
Clément Monnet: after Airbus in Beijing and Silicon Valley, he is turning things around and is now launching the Netflix of French cinema in the US.
Clément graduated from ESC Clermont Business School in 2011 and took a gap year to do an internship at Airbus in Amiens. “Then came to me the desire to work with engineers on technical subjects. After graduating, I went to Airbus in Singapore and then to Beijing where I held the position of Chief of Staff to the CEO of Airbus Helicopters China.” In 2015 we went to Silicon Valley to create, again for Airbus, the Uber for helicopters, with which you can book a helicopter with a few clicks. The COVID puts an end to this adventure. Instead of giving up, Clément then came up with the idea of creating a French movie streaming platform, with great classics and recent cinema. “While France is the second largest exporter of films in the world, Francophones and Francophones cannot find French films online. Cinessance was released in mid-November in the US and Canada, and so far it’s doing quite well.” The 33-year-old owes this taste for challenge to ESC Clermont Business School. “In addition to the knowledge base in three years and highly competent teachers , ESC Clermont BS is a warm school, that teaches how to stay humble while dreaming big. I also appreciated the closeness with the engineers, thanks to the double degrees. They brought a new perspective to our problems and forced us to be open-minded ”.
Jessica Pommier: After a great experience at The Walt Disney Company, she travels the world solo and knows how to turn her passion for travel into her job
During her master’s degree at ESC Clermont BS, Jessica spent a semester in Indonesia and did an internship at Tfou.fr, the youth department of TF1 and The Walt Disney Company France, who hired her on a permanent contract. Three years later, she left her CDI to go solo around the world, with one goal: to offer a travel and cultural program for children on youth television channels upon her return. The blog “My little bits of the world” was born. Once back in France, no channel is interested in her project, but she continues her videos on her blog for her community of children and parents. “Very soon, destinations or brands in the travel sector approached me to talk about it on social networks and on my blog. That’s how I discovered the profession of travel blogger!” Since 2017, she lives for 80% of this activity while offering her services as a digital and influence marketing consultant and trainer to tourism professionals and business school students. She also presents for the ESC Clermont Business School the web series “Go Look Elsewhere When I Study”, which chronicles the life of students abroad. “I present a student from the school who has gone abroad, shows how he is in daily life, how he has found shelter, etc. It is instructive and reassuring for both future mobility students and their parents who see exactly where they are go”.
What do all these graduates with an atypical background have in common? Their time at ESC Clermont Business School! For more information on the programs offered, please visit www.esc-clermont.com
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