October 2023 STRAT London Study Trip
The HEC Paris Office in the UK organises every year a Learning Expedition to London for approximately 100 Master in Strategic Management students. This month, they spent 3 intensive days visiting 20 companies across sectors (fintech, consulting, consumer, etc).
These crucial study trips are designed to provide students with a unique blend of industry insights, company visits, and alumni networking.
“The London study trip was a great way to kick off the year for the Strategic Management master. It offered the students the chance to grasp the world of opportunities that awaits them to start their career, with both inspiring company visits and insightful networking events.”
Laurence Lehmann-Ortega, Director of the Master in Strategic Management
Kristin Young and Luella Goethals, both working at HEC Talents (HEC Paris’ career centre), also joined this study trip. Their participation allowed to further nurture the connectivity and relationship between UK based companies, the students and HEC Paris.
“I was delighted to partner with the HEC UK team on their Masters STRAT study trip. This trip embodies the mission of OneHEC and HEC Talents: to unlock a world of opportunities so that every HEC talent can pursue their life purpose. The three days of corporate connections allowed students exclusive access to industry leaders, recruiters, and alumni who helped them to discover different career paths; some paths were life-long dreams, others were new and exciting discoveries. It was a great experience to see the students’ faces light up with all the opportunities the UK has to offer.”
Kristin Young, Employer Engagement Manager, HEC Talents
“As a career advisor, I had the privilege of joining the final-year students majoring in Strategic Management on their study trip to the UK. This experience has been incredibly fulfilling, enabling me to foster closer bonds with the students and interact with a variety of organisations. I am enthusiastic about offering customized career guidance sessions to ensure students achieve their distinct career goals.”
Luella Goethals, Talent Development & Corporate Relations Manager, HEC Talents
A networking evening was held at the HEC UK House with alumni working in London. Engaging in open discussions and sharing experiences with the HEC Paris alumni not only expanded their network but also exposed them to invaluable insights and potential mentors. A huge thank you to all of them for taking the time to share their knowledge and experience with the students!
The event was organised by the HEC UK Office team, which has deep longstanding relationships with various institutions in London. For our students, this trip was a great experience that offered them valuable career opportunities: “Great spirit, insightful visits”, “Eye opening”, “It was well organized and it a real plus in the Master's programme”, “Eye-opening & motivating”.
Companies also highly appreciated the experience: 100% of the companies that responded to the survey would like to be part of the event next year!
As these HEC students return to Paris, they bring back not only knowledge but also a wealth of experiences and memories that will shape their future careers. We are looking forward to welcoming them again in London next year as young professionals and joining the vibrant alumni community!
"It's always a pleasure to organise study trips for HEC Paris students, especially when we know it can make a major difference to their professional careers and broaden their horizons. Our students have a fantastic opportunity to meet inspiring people and companies from different sectors, thanks to our fantastic partner companies who make these visits possible."
Wendy Degrémont – Events and Program Manager, HEC UK Office