MSc Strategic Management
Class of 2015
from Bocconi University
Internship in Consulting , Gao Feng Advisory Company, Shanghai
The networking opportunities are immense and very valuable at HEC Paris
Prior to HEC Paris, I attended the Bachelor in Economics, Management and Finance program at Bocconi University in Milan. I also completed a six-month internship in Investment Banking at Credit Suisse in Zurich, and spent time in Shanghai. I attended an intensive Mandarin Chinese course at Jiao Tong University and worked part-time for a China-based strategy consulting firm, Gao Feng Advisory Company.
The main reasons why I chose HEC Paris were because of its reputation for being one of the best business schools in Europe as well as its large campus and student life. I was specifically attracted to the MSc in Strategic Management due to its strong exposure to the consulting industry. During the first semester of the program, there were weekly workshops run by the largest global strategy consulting firms. Additionally, classes in Business Strategy were taught by senior consultants from the Boston Consulting Group.
Diverse student body
The MSc in Strategic Management has a very diverse student body. Not only does it combine the French Grande Ecole students with international students from leading foreign universities, it also includes students with non-business degrees, most of which were engineering. This contributes greatly to in-class discussions as there are many different points of view on any given topic.
Flexibility of the program
Another benefit of the MSc in Strategic Management is the opportunity you have to tailor design your program in the second semester. There is a wide range of electives to choose from, from Big Data to Financial Valuation to Sustainability. The electives provide valuable in-depth learning through cases from current business challenges; most seminars are conducted by top executives and specialists from leading industry players.
In the last three months we were offered to choose between completing an industry specific certificate, together with final year students from other Masters and MBA programs at HEC, or working on a real-life consulting project. I was very happy to be accepted onto the Luxury Certificate program, which is highly selective. The Luxury Certificate mainly consists of conferences with senior executives from the industry, which again provides high-level exposure and relationship building opportunities.
Strong ties with the business world
The networking opportunities are immense and very valuable at HEC Paris. The school organises several career fairs, sometimes focusing on specific industries, and the MSc in Strategic Management program organises many conferences with influential guest speakers as well as company visits. One of the highlights of the program was our overseas study trip, where we could choose to visit Brazil or Dubai. The study trip focused on company visits and networking opportunities in these developing markets, as well as lectures to understand the local economy and the local business etiquette.
After graduating from HEC Paris, I will to work at the Boston Consulting Group in Geneva, Switzerland. My career goal is to pursue a career in strategy consulting and later specialize in the luxury goods industry.