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I was amazed by the sheer quality of the teaching, and by how many professional opportunities KEDGE opened up for me.
I was a seafarer on board container vessels for 3 years and I wanted to get a master’s degree in maritime and logistics field. I found Kedge Business School with its well-known International Trade & Logistics program and it was one of my target to get a master’s degree abroad and working in a maritime or logistics company office and settle down after challenging sea experience.
The curriculum of the program was very well organized and it allowed me to develop my skills not only in maritime but also in logistics and to understand the onshore side of the maritime business. During the program I learned a lot from important professors mostly coming from industry and I learned from my classmates coming from different backgrounds and countries through group studies.
Today, I work in a French Oil & Gas Performance Management Company in an international environment and I am using my sea experience and the management capabilities that I gained at Kedge Business School which is very important for me.
The MSc programme opened up a wide range of career opportunities for me. It enabled me to move from the yachting business to the shipping industry. This training is a real plus for anyone wanting to pursue an international career in the maritime transport industry.
"I choosed KEDGE IBBA programme. I started my journey by doing a year and a half at school. I then did an internship in event management in Monaco for 6 months. After that, I went to university in Mexico for a year and a half. For my fourth year, I was taken for an internship in Australia. After these 6 months of internship, I wished to finish my studies in Australia by doing my M2 in Sydney. Hence, my career path within the school has given me a great international outlook. The Kedge community is very important too. During my various experiences abroad, I have been able to meet many Kedgers on the spot and this has allowed me to create many relationships, both on a personal and professional level."
I've only wanted to go abroad. I chosed to go to a business school and to have a double degree with a faraway country, a very different language and culture. I joined the IBBA program in Marseille, which gave me the opportunity to go either to India or China, and I chose China. I spent two years in Marseille and then two years in Shanghai in China.
Basically, I have a rather financial profile. I did my end-of-study internship in Finance in Shanghai in a German group ZEISS specialized in optics. I was then offered to go to Germany for a year, where I did a graduate programme. I did two 6-month assignments, the first one in cash management and the second one in financial control.
I didn't want to work in finance, in a big group based in Germany, I wasn't interested, even if I had the opportunity to stay. I looked for what I wanted to do, and what I was interested in was aeronautics, airplanes. I was always interested in that, I took flying lessons and so on. So I told myself that my dream was to join Airbus. So I did a master's degree at ESCP-Europe Paris, in partnership with Airbus, I spent a month with them to be trained in aeronautical project management. We worked on case studies with people who worked at Airbus, it was a diploma programme for them and a specialisation for us. After that, I wanted to do an internship with them. I found an internship at STELIA Aerospace, the Airbus subsidiary that manufactures aircraft seats for airlines. The name is different because we equip both Airbus and Boeing. For 6 months, I assisted the Asia team, which is based in Bangkok, from France, on tenders from different airlines.
Then I got a VIE in Bangkok to take care of business development in order to sell seats in the Asia-Pacific zone, from India through South Korea to Fiji, New Zealand, the Maldives, etc. I was able to work with the Asian team for 6 months. For all this extremely large area, we are 3 people based in Bangkok to manage the airlines. This mainly involves business development, project management, responses to calls for tenders, a lot of prospecting, customer management with airlines such as Thai Airways, Asiana Airlines, Singapore Airlines which are our biggest customers. We also have to liaise with our team in France to be able to offer them additional services and maintenance. It's quite global, it's selling seats but also after-sales service. During two years in China, I really had an appetite for Chinese, Asia, learning Asian culture and languages, especially Chinese. After these episodes in France and Germany, I wanted to go back. I chose Bangkok for the Asian side, to work with Chinese companies. A large part of my time I travel to visit these companies, in China, Singapore, Indonesia who have Chinese interlocutors or people of Chinese origin with whom I speak a little Chinese. When you tell them that you have studied in China, that you can have a little conversation, it helps the relationship a lot, especially as a Sales person.
I started to learn Thai but I don't work much with Thailand, so I haven't made too much progress. In Thailand, people speak English well enough but in China, nobody speaks English, they only speak Chinese, as you could see during your tour in Asia. First of all KEDGE allowed me to live in China for two years, which is not given to everyone. It gave me a huge opening of mind to the world. To work in a group with different nationalities when I was in Marseille. KEDGE allows a real opening on the world through the course.
The training that KEDGE gives you the basics, to understand and learn about different subjects. When you are working, when you are on an internship, you can better understand and perfect by yourself in view of the basics you have had.
What I appreciated was the Pro Act and the associations, which are an important part of the school. I was COBFI's partnership manager in 2011. I was 19 years old and I had to look for sponsors. You have to put yourself in the shoes of a professional, you get slapped in the face. To train for a future job as a salesman was very good.
Between my training and my desire to set up my own company, it didn't take me too long to have the idea of setting up a brewery of artisanal and organic beer (I'm quite committed to the environment). So I finally tried my luck with a pro in a brewery in the north of France. I think I'm one of the KEDGE graduates who really used all the skills they accumulated during their schooling, since I had to deal with accounting, finance, strategy, logistics, marketing, sales, communication, web, design...
My training at KEDGE BS allowed me to discover my desire to create my own company through the different courses (entrepreneurship, marketing, communication, accounting) that I followed and to obtain various skills that I could use for the elaboration of this one. But also, as I said above, to lay the first stone of my project by doing my internship in a London startup working in the field of e-commerce. If you too want to get started, I have only one piece of advice: go for it! If you have the desire or the feeling that one day you would like to create your own company, don't hesitate. It will only bring you positive results. Another thing that I realized when I started this adventure is that before you start, you make a lot of excuses for not doing it or delaying the launch. You think a lot about the risks when there are none (and this is also true in other areas).
I entered the IBBA Kedge Program directly after my Science Baccalaureate. I opted for this programme because I really wanted to go and live abroad for a long period of time and not just for an exchange semester. The past 4 years have been really rich in teaching, especially on the human side. Whether in Marseille or in Spain. Arriving in a new country without mastering the language is not always easy, but it does build character. And even if in my case it was Spain, which remains quite close in terms of culture, my 2 years spent in Valencia and Madrid have largely contributed to make me grow up. I started with the Uhlsport group, a sports equipment manufacturer based in the region. After a brief start as a marketing assistant, I was quickly entrusted with the management of the Canterbury brand in rugby, then a little later with the management of Spalding in basketball. At the same time I was also in charge of managing key accounts such as Decathlon, Intersport, Amazon... For 6 years I was able to take on great responsibilities, create a real network in the best of sports and acquire serious skills in distribution and brand management, sponsorship... I then spent a year with another sports equipment manufacturer, Hungaria. In parallel to these 7 years, I created and then became an associate of different sports marketing blogs like digitalsport.fr or as it is always the case on sportbuzzbusiness.fr. An experience that allowed me to push my skills in the field a little bit further and to meet many inspiring managers. It is notably following these encounters that I launched myself into the Shapeheart adventure. I think the great strength of Kedge has been that it has allowed me to develop a true generalist business culture. To open my mind to many areas and of course to open my mind to the outside world. Because once again, spending more than 2 years in exchange really allows you to grow faster.
I got into Kedge right after I graduated high school. I joined the IBBA program with the double degree option which allowed me to live in Valencia, Spain for half of my schooling. From a very young age, I was attracted by the arts in general and music and photography in particular, which led me to do internships in the field of creative advertising, which allowed me to touch a little on all areas. Going to live abroad thanks to the IBBA course opened new doors for me and allowed me to gradually discover what I wanted to become. At the same time as my studies in Spain, I started training in film directing in Barcelona at the Escac, the biggest film school in Spain, where I was able to shoot my first films. Once I graduated, I went back to France where I produced Jim Chawki's first film France 2000, before setting up my own film production company to be able to finance my own projects. Today, in addition to my film production company in Paris, I have set up another production company in Barcelona where I work mainly in the creation of advertising and digital content with two other partners under the name Trio de Doses. On a daily basis, we work on canvassing clients, producing music videos, commercials and various digital content, but also writing scripts and looking for financing to make our films between France and Spain. Several of our short films have been selected in numerous international festivals in New York, Paris, Madrid and recently at the Centre of Contemporary Culture in Barcelona (CCCB). Kedge has allowed me to meet a lot of people from different backgrounds and walks of life that I would never have got to know if I hadn't taken this course, in addition to acquiring an entrepreneurial vision and becoming bilingual. Thanks to this journey and my encounters, I have opened up to the world and gained self-confidence for the launch of my professional projects which require a very significant personal investment.
My first experience after the IBBA was in Italy, a volunteer internship with disabled people to teach them English during the summer. I also did another internship at the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Marseille, and this internship focused on marketing and communication. I also chose to go to Taiwan for my second university exchange. And then I was lucky enough to be able to go to Malaysia to do my internship, still at the Chamber of Commerce, but this time more focused on human resources. After my graduation, I was directly employed at Amazon in Prague as an HR assistant. I have always been very curious and I love to travel. Moreover, I think it is interesting to work in an international context to develop one's open-mindedness, skills and network! My training has been quite general and international like my work. I've been a human resources assistant for a year and a half. I support Amazon employees in the UK from their first day at Amazon until they leave. More precisely, we manage their contracts, transfers, absences... but we also take care of HR project management, process improvement, launching new sites... First of all, our motto at Amazon is to be "customer-obsessed". You also have to be very precise, flexible, creative, know how to gain the trust of stakeholders, work in a team and in an international context.