Field Trip - An Insight on the Finance Industry in New York

By Gianluca Errico, Global MBA Ambassador 2017-2018, Finance Major

From Monday, 9th April till Friday, 13th April 2018, participants from the Finance Major of the Global MBA and students from the Master in Finance went on a field trip to New York where we had the opportunity to meet up with industry leaders from the financial sector. We met a variety of brokers, hedge fund managers, portfolio managers, financial analysts and chief strategists from various companies. We even had the chance to attend an alumni event to meet former students and hear about their experiences after graduation. The aim of the trip was to exchange industry knowledge within the sector and enlarge the network of the students. Even though we had a packed schedule, we still had time to explore Manhattan. To give you a deeper understanding of this enriching adventure, I want to share some of the highlights of this experience with you.

Discovering Regional Challenges and Opportunities in Dubai

By Erin Thibodeau, Global MBA Ambassador 2017-2018, Luxury Brand Management Major

One of the selling features of the ESSEC Global MBA Major in Luxury Brand Management for me when I was applying, was their proposed field trips throughout the course of the program. These trips explore both mature and emerging luxury markets and give the class the opportunity to learn first-hand about challenges and opportunities in different regions, and to interface directly with companies in these markets.

Our class’ first trip this year was to Dubai: a warm relief from the French winter and also the first time in the Middle East for many of us. With the weekend of our arrival off, we spent time exploring Dubai, visiting the newly opened Louvre in Abu Dhabi, or conducting retail research for an assignment that accompanied our field trips.

Preparing for your MBA journey

By Hang Nguyen, Global MBA Class of 2018

Deciding whether or not to pursue an MBA is probably one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your career. The journey can be an intensive process from preparing for the GMAT, networking with alumni, reflecting on your career goals to choosing an appropriate program and getting yourself ready for school. In order to help you navigate the application and preparation process for an MBA more easily, I would like to share some personal tips based on my experiences:

1. Self-reflection
Start looking back on your career and also think about the future. Where do you want to go and what field do you want to get into post-MBA? Why do you think it is a good time to go for an MBA at this moment? This is an important step to take, because introspection is the only way you will be able to identify where your interests truly lie and find your own path. This is also to ensure that you do not feel lost after completing your MBA. 

2. Personal research
Do your own research to get an idea of what a typical program will look like. Start reading business publications frequently. This will help you keep track of what is happening in the real world, to understand the courses better and to decide whether it is within your interest to study about these topics in the near future.

3. Networking
Talk to people who have the same career interest or have undergone a similar path as you. At this stage, take the time to listen to their stories about the journey instead of asking for too much advice. Everybody will have a different reason for joining an MBA, so this is simply to help you get a hang of what your life could possibly be like if you decide to go for the MBA.