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Constructing A International Community: Why These American College students Opted For A European MBA

Doing an MBA is an enormous dedication and with so many applications to select from worldwide, we surprise what makes a French program attraction to North American college students. We sat down with two American individuals within the HEC Paris MBA to debate how they made the choice to review in France. In spite of everything, there are many applications to select from within the US Present college students Cassandra Valdes and Nicholas Taylor share their journeys and decision-making processes with us.


Any pupil coming from the US to review in France has private motivation to take action, however whenever you scratch the floor of the selection, there’s something common beneath. Each Nick and Cassandra want to broaden their careers extra globally after having labored in worldwide corporations.

Cassandra Valdes, HEC Paris MBA pupil

Cassandra, a New Jersey native, has a ten 12 months profession in promoting and publishing, having labored in girls’s way of life publishing at PopSugar and Group 9 Media, and most lately at TikTok as a staff lead for shopper options. At TikTok she was capable of work together with their groups in France, Germany and the UK. She beloved that total facet and wished extra. “I wished to develop my world community,” she says. “That was an enormous motivator after I started contemplating what my MBA journey would seem like,” she says, stressing the significance of “the chance for that cross-cultural collaboration with my friends, given how digital and world every little thing is. That is the character of the world we reside in.”

Cassandra comes from a Franco-American household, so doing an MBA in France permits her to be nearer to kin right here. She has additionally hung out dwelling in Paris and is aware of it properly, so she principally thought of applications within the area. She sees the practicality in pursuing an MBA right here, even for US candidates working at an organization with a really North American-specific expertise. “Doing a world MBA offers them that edge and expertise to grasp enterprise from a unique perspective.”

Initially from Pennsylvania, Nick was most lately employed at Veolia, a transnational water, vitality and waste administration firm. Though Nick was a US-based transformation chief, he labored with groups internationally, together with China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, India, Center East, Europe, and Latin America.

“It is addictive,” says Nick of working within the worldwide sphere. “And globalization is right here,” he provides. “In enterprise, you are at all times going to have that shift backwards and forwards between the worldwide versus the native provide chain. The alternate of concepts and having to work collaboratively with different individuals: it is right here to remain.”

Nicholas Taylor, HEC Paris MBA pupil

For Nick, his expertise finding out overseas in Korea throughout his undergraduate years was formative. “It is essentially the most private progress I’ve skilled in such a brief time frame,” he says, talking of the extent of variety he encountered, not simply with the Korean tradition, but in addition dwelling in worldwide dorms with different college students from around the globe. “It actually set me up foundationally to proceed with a world profession.” Nick had at all times thought of principally US-based MBAs. “As an American, it is all you see.” Nevertheless, his French mentor inspired him to think about European and Asian MBAs, and so his future inched nearer to HEC.


Each agree program size could be very a lot a private selection. Some want to do a 10-12 month program and hurry via it for the qualification. Others need a full two-year pause, extra frequent in US-based applications. Each Cassandra and Nick selected the HEC Paris MBA as a result of its 16-month period isn’t too lengthy, and never too fast. “The price is not simply the schooling. It is also the time you are out of the workforce,” displays Nick. “I feel 16 months is ideal for us as a result of it is loads of time to discover with out getting complacent or becoming bored. There’s at all times one thing to do.”

Cassandra wished the time to essentially get to know her cohort and make lasting connections. “I checked out shorter applications, and others within the Paris area that had been year-long applications. I wished a steadiness – I did not wish to be out of the workforce for too lengthy, but in addition wished a program tradition the place I had time to construct relationships, and HEC had a component of openness I did not sense from shorter applications. ”

By way of value, Nick says he observed the worth of some US MBAs had been usually double that of a European program. And dwelling bills, he warns, will not be at all times laid out clearly on college web sites. “That is a fantastic factor to ask about whenever you’re connecting with present college students.” He provides, “And if you happen to’re not connecting with present college students but, do it. I strongly suggest it to anybody making use of, as a result of it offers you a superb sense of what it is really like.”

He’d been planning on doing an MBA since his undergrad and placing away cash into financial savings in a mixture of progress accounts to pay for it. “When you’re even contemplating an MBA, begin now,” he advises.


College students profit from the range of a world MBA, and it is for extra than simply the worldwide networking alternatives. At HEC, the place individuals can reside on-campus in dormitories, alternatives to share cultural experiences abound. College students host occasions, such because the current Japan Night time, the place Japanese individuals served sushi, shared video games and historical past, in addition to a standard Japanese dance with their friends.

With 60 nationalities represented within the MBA program alone, EMBA college students, Masters college students, professors, and workers from everywhere in the world, plus members of the local people and even firm reps that come to campus, the alternatives are limitless. “Take into consideration the kind of community you wish to have. When you’re on the lookout for a purely American community, keep in America, that is unbelievable and you will do properly,” advises Nick. Deeply within the evolution of organizations, he feels the topic of sustainability is highlighted extra in European MBA applications than within the US. “Individuals are questioning pure profitability,” he says. “Plenty of companies proper now are very fragile, and you’ll see this from the pandemic. You get up to now of optimization the place when one thing goes barely off it breaks.” As president of the HEC MBA Sustainability Membership, he brings these questions and others ahead with different membership members who come from everywhere in the world, with totally different factors of view. Whereas he says his core MBA research have a broad, generalist scope, the flexibleness of this system permits him to dive deeper into issues he cares about and to share and interact with the varied pupil physique.

Examine life on the HEC Campus.

Cassandra is dedicated to sharing French tradition with others as president of the French Connection membership. The three pillars of the membership are Tradition, Language and Enterprise. From occasions happening domestically, to journeys additional a discipline in France, college students are invited to expertise the wealthy historical past of the nation by which they research. Francophone members like Cassandra train newbie college students the fundamentals of French like ordering in a restaurant. She needs to equip college students with expertise to really feel snug in France. The language part is necessary to the membership, which appears ahead to pairing college students up with language buddies and internet hosting actions like movie viewings to work on their expertise. In knowledgeable capability, for these fascinated with working in France after their MBA, translation assistance is offered for making a French resume in addition to suggestions for interviewing with French corporations.

Doing an MBA requires candidates to look inside themselves and get clear about their targets, each in this system itself and afterwards. North American college students have lots to realize from a European perspective, and with a program just like the HEC Paris MBA, an opportunity to realize a world perspective from interactions with their friends and professors. May a program overseas be a superb match for somebody who has by no means lived exterior their native nation? “I am positive there are some college students right here like me who did not research overseas whereas they had been in undergrad at college,” says Cassandra. “To have this chance to pursue your training overseas as an grownup I feel is a totally totally different perspective from that of an undergraduate pupil. You’ve got a a lot stronger sense of who you might be as an individual and what you wish to pursue professionally.”

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