The Grande Ecole and Bachelor Programmes graduation ceremony took place Saturday 15th of December at the Zenith Sud in Montpellier. A moving and solemn moment.
Published on Tuesday, November 6th, the new “General ranking of the major management schools of 2019” of l’Etudiant magazine classifies the Montpellier Business School as the 13th best major post-preparatory class Management school (14th of all schools).
With 38 major schools ranked this year and despite the increasingly strong and qualitative competition, this 13th place, which is a recognition for MBS, confirms the progress made in 2018 in this national ranking.
Among the three main sub-criteria highlighted by l’Etudiant, it should be noted that MBS moved up a place in “Academic Excellence” (11th) and “International Excellence” (13th), and 2 places in “Proximity with businesses” (12th).
This place in the French Top 15 is also a confirmation of MBS’ progression in the most recent national and international rankings: 12th for Le Parisien and Challenges, 13th in France for the Financial Times and 10th for QS.
After doing her schooling in Carcassonne, Mallaury Franc, 19 years-old, is one of the 180 students who have joined the Bachelor of International Business Administration programme (BIBA) of Montpellier BS this year. With a strong international orientation, which the aim is to train the future manager the best way, by providing them transferable skills, the programme leads to a Bachelor degree. The student has kindly agreed to share with us the highlights of her first year at Montpellier BS and her memories about the written and oral entrance exams !
« I loved my first year at Montpellier BS! » Mallaury begins. « Of course, no one can avoid the stress of the week before the exam (laughs) but we have a lot of team work and it forces us to study and build our team working skills at the same time! I also joined a student association, Living In Montpellier, which helped me to open myself to others. I am vice-treasurer and we also launched a new application. It requires a lot of investment but it’s great when you see the results, and it is very rewarding on a CV ! »
« Even before joining the school I wanted to enter a Business School », she says. « My advice is to visit forums because that is how I met students from Montpellier BS who gave me some advices! After that, I sent my application to Montpellier BS and then I did my oral exam. Above all, don’t be afraid because the jury will put you at ease.
« I would like to tell future candidates to try to manage their stress. Personally, when I was in high school I managed it through dance. It allowed me to channel myself, to be more independent and to gain self-confidence. Extracurricular activities are very important, it makes you evolve. I encourage you to practice any kind of activity outside school because it can only be beneficial to you », she adds.
After her second semester exams, she will do a 2 or 3 months internship starting in May in the banking / finance sector according to her wishes. This will be her first internship and she wants to gain work experience that will be beneficial for her future career.
At the age of 26, Eleonore found her niche at renowned Swiss watchmaker Tissot. She came across the company on an internship in the third year of her Bachelor’s degree at MBS and went back as soon as she graduated. Social networks, the digital environment and travel are part of her everyday life — what, we asked her, does the position of International Social Media Coordinator involve?
Since 2013, Eleonore’s life has been as synchronised as a Swiss watch. But not just any watch. Eleonore works at Tissot, the world leader, in terms of volume, of the traditional Swiss watchmaking industry, and the flagship brand of the Swatch Group.
“Between September 2011 and August 2012, my third-year Bachelor’s internship was going very well and Tissot offered me a permanent contract. I turned it down to finish my studies at MBS, but ended up rejoining Tissot as soon as I graduated, when they offered me a marketing assistant position. I didn’t hesitate long because watchmaking was already something I was interested in, but it became a real joy during that internship,” recalls Eleonore. “From the start, I was in charge of the social networks, because at the time that kind of media wasn’t yet a part of the basic marketing strategy. Naturally, there was a lot to do. Now I supervise the 14 local Facebook pages and manage the Twitter and Instagram accounts on a daily basis. In total, on all platforms, we have a little more than 2.2 million followers worldwide.”
As full-time Social Media Manager since December, Eleonore is experiencing the digitisation of her company from the inside. “Everything is being digitised, and you can see that in the advertising budgets. The future is in digital communication. Plus, what’s particularly interesting about what I do is that I’m getting familiar with the community of Tissot fans and knowing in advance what kind of post will be successful or not. Our fans like our watches most, but they’re also interested in our sports partnerships, so I try to find the best way of communicating everything on our various social media platforms.”
And it’s because of those partnerships that Eleonore has the opportunity of travelling around the world and meeting celebrities from the sports world. “It’s non-stop! We have several sports ambassadors, including basketball player Tony Parker and triple MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo, and we’re Official Timekeepers in a range of sports: cycling, with the Tour de France; basketball, with the NBA, CBA and FIBA; various rugby championships, such as RBS6 Nations, Top 14 and EPCR; and also all the MotoGP races. It’s very time-consuming and my phone is permanently attached to my hand because there’s always something to post, someone to congratulate, a product launch to manage or a new record time to announce. You have to accept that you’ll put 200% into your job, and in the end it’s a little like a sport for me too,” she jokes.
“It’s very time-consuming, but there are some really good sides because I’m working in a sector that fascinates me, one with a strong international aspect. For me, the medium-term goal is to get more involved with the photo shoots for our social networks a little more,” she concludes.
Our thanks to Eleonore for this testimonial. Visit Tissot’s social media sites to see what she’s been up to.
After a baccalaureate in sciences and an attempt at engineering school, Maxime found his path in the MBS Bachelor of International Business Administration programme, which he joined as a first-year. With our specific entrance exam process for High-Level Athletes, and the flexibility it affords them for training and competitions, for the last two years Maxime has been able to proceed with his studies while continuing the sport at which he excels: horse-riding.
When did your passion for horse-riding begin ?
I’ve been on horseback for as long as I can remember! I must have learned to ride before I learned to walk (laughter). Around ten years ago I wanted to go further with my passion, so I started doing jumping competitions. In 2012, I went pro, and two years ago, I joined the French team as a young rider.
How did you make the decision to study in a business school after your baccalaureate ?
At first I was trying to find my path, and I tried first year of engineering school. But it wasn’t for me. Eventually I went toward what inspire me: management, and leadership more specifically. When I found out that MBS had a post-baccalaureate programme, and that it was compatible with being a High-Level Athlete, I didn’t hesitate, especially since it is very well placed on the national and international rankings.
How do you manage to be as much involved in your studies as in your sport ?
All High-Level Athletes in the same situation will tell you it takes a lot of organisation. But above all it takes being passionate about what you’re doing. In the academic realm, it’s easy to tune out if you’re not interested in what you’re learning. But the MBS Bachelor is everything I imagined it would be: lots of practical cases and group projects, which really makes you want to give it your all to succeed. Outside of class, of course I spend every free moment in my stables and at my training. In other words, all morning and night, and all weekend.
What has MBS given you so far ?
MBS has of course let me continue my studies in management without having to miss training or important competitions, which wouldn’t have been the case elsewhere. The school lets me plan and manage my time according to my needs as an athlete. When I’m on the road, I can work remotely on an online platform and avoid getting behind.
What projects are you currently working on, and what do you think is next ?
Currently I’m on a one-year internship before doing my last year in the Bachelor programme. I’m working at the same time on two family projects this year: developing my stables, and founding a business incubator. Two completely different things, but which I’m really invested in! Of course, the goal is to carry out both these projects. In terms of riding, my objective is to be able to finance myself, and – why not? – compete in the 2024 Olympics! Even if it’s an enormous dream.
After his high school diploma, Nicolas joined the Bachelor programme of Montpellier BS in 2010. Graduated in 2015, he became Business Engineer in the insurance sector in Paris at ACENSI Group.
« Starting to work right after graduating from my Bachelor’s degree was logic for me. My end-of-studies internship was an amazing experience and I liked the company, that is why I didn’t want to continue with a Master’s degree and I think it is better like this », he says. « I have always worked, particularly to finance my studies. During my 4 years at Montpellier BS, I was crew-member and then manager at McDonald’s. At school, I acquired excellent management, financial accounting skills and learned to master negotiation and sales techniques that I use every day and that I could put in practice during my various internships. But it is finally in the IT insurance sector that I got it best! »
Nicolas did his end-of-studies internship in the ACENSI Group. Coached by a manager of the group, he is currently Business Engineer and has a permanent contract with the firm. « I am junior Business Engineer in the insurance department in which I manage a team of consultants. My daily tasks include, prospecting new clients, negotiating contracts until the monitoring of customer satisfaction and of course the management of my team. What I am most proud of today is that I have achieved my goals during my internship period and that I signed a permanent contract. It’s motivating as a beginner that I could achieve my goals despite the huge competition in Paris (over 1000 consulting firms are competing in Paris). That is why, the qualities that I have developed in my work are primarily perseverance and a strong fighting spirit.»
Nicolas is still thinking about maybe building his own business in the future… « Becoming an entrepreneur means taking risks, but also living a great adventure, being in control and taking my own decisions. It is stimulating, no? ».
Meanwhile, Nicolas continues his work at ACENSI’s headquarter in La Défense (PARIS) with different missions and always more and more responsibilities! « The working atmosphere is great. I feel like I am working in Manhattan in the trading platforms of the Roaring Twenties. My colleagues’ average age is 29, the dynamic is crazy and everyone has the same objective which is to succeed. Competition is high even internally, but it allows us to go beyond ourselves and learn from our mistakes. This job is still little known, but really deserves to be experienced. Adrenaline is permanent and getting up in the morning with this desire, it is priceless … »
To know more about the ACENSI group: http://www.acensi.fr/