Xavier Cazard

Xavier Cazard

MSc in Strategic Management, Class of 2013


Now an Associate Consultant for Mars & Co


from Ecole spéciale des Travaux publics, du Bâtiment et de l'Industrie

Workshops with firms is a way to learn more about the specificities of various consulting firms and develop networking for future placements

  • Could you describe your job at Mars & Co?

What I do at Mars & Co is very difficult to explain because each day is different. However, my job consists of analyzing data, understanding the client's business in order to help my managers make recommendations on the client's strategic issues.

  • Could you explain us the reasons why you chose this program at HEC Paris?

I chose the MSc Strategic Management at HEC because it was one of the best 1 year program that consulting companies look for and because it is a very broad program which allows students to work in many fields – not only consulting - if they want to.

  • What were the highlights of your MSc program?

I have to say that I am very pleased with this year at HEC, for the two following reasons, among many others:
Each Wednesday a consulting company representative used to come to the campus to talk to us about their activities and techniques. It was also a way to learn more about the specific features of various consulting firms and develop networking for future placements.
In addition to the workshops it was possible to select some optional courses which allowed this program to best fit the professional goals of each student (strategy consulting, management consulting, finance, etc.).

  • Would you have some advice for students interested in joining the program?

I would advise them to make sure they know what they want to do and to use the HEC network and career center to reach their goals.