Mastering your studies and career plan: Lucie tells her success story @EMNormandie

Published on 13/02/2018

Selecting your future Business School is by no means an easy task…

So, there is no better way of making the right decision than checking on how previous Pass-World students have lived their own experiences. Read all about how Jackson Lucie Tchouate enjoyed taking the Marketing Strategy & Sales Development specialization in the final year of the  EM Normandie Grande Ecole Programme.

Jackson Lucie, could you tell us more about your study path?

After graduating in Litigation Law & Business Arbitration at the Catholic University of Central Africa, I joined EM Normandie in 2015 via the Pass-World Admissions Test Bank.

I opted for this school in particular, in view of its national and international profile as they hold 3 accreditations, EQUIS, AACSB, and EPAS. I was thus guaranteed to take a quality training programme taught by expert lecturers with a professional orientation.

However, I was also looking for a welcoming school, representing a gateway to the world and a diverse student body which makes it an attractive place of study. The pleasant atmosphere and cultural diversity I found at EM Normandie appealed to me right away!

It was not long before I felt I was opening up. I knew this was the place I wanted to be in, and I already had his feeling of belonging to the great EM Normandie family. The School is very dynamic and so are its students:  you feel at ease fast there.

The Student Support Service is always at our disposal for any question or administrative information we require. From Student and Sports Societies to events organised by the school. There are plenty of opportunities to engage with the life on and off campus!

What about you? How far are you in your professional project?  

For my last year of studies, I chose to take the Marketing Strategy & Sales Development option in the co-op track to get further professional experience, and make my upcoming insertion into the job market easier. Right now, I’m in charge of recruitment and a junior consultant with (Michael) Page Personnel. When I graduate, I would like to become a recruitment consultant and handle recruitment, and the management and development of a portfolio of clients. Later on, my ambition would be to be a Senior Consultant and to be in charge of a branch in France or abroad….and why not Africa!

What is your best memory?

My Off-campus Optional Year was my best experience throughout the programme. I served a 12-month internship: 6 months within a communication, design and creation group as a Sales Development Project Manager, followed by another 6-month internship as a Recruitment Officer with a leading specialized recruitment firm.

I had the opportunity to discover the intricacies of the professional world, learn a new trade, find out more about my own potential, and personal and professional competencies. The latter prove already useful to me in the context of my current study programme.

And what were your greatest challenges?  

The very first, I would say was to live alone far from my family. But now, I have some good friends in Le Havre who have become almost like family to me.

The other challenge was to search for my first internship. I was able to benefit from important support from two services, the Off-Campus Optional Year Service and the Career Path Scheme.  They gave me support to draft my CV, advice, and individual coaching to direct me in my search, as well as recruitment interview simulations. I also had access to various software and tools such as Jobteaser, Doyoubuzz, Itwapp… I no longer had anything to worry about! EM Normandie really does its utmost to support students in their professional projects.

Would you recommend the School to a friend?

Yes, definitely, because EM Normandie allowed me to find my own way!
EM Normandie places students at the heart of its success!  New technologies are used to render classes dynamic and to foster exchange, which is supported by expert lecturers who are empathetic listeners. This allows us to get involved in knowledge building, and challenges us every day, to learn to work in a team and to develop essential qualities such as rigour, autonomy, listening skills, and creativity while still having fun! Adjunct faculty share their insights from industry with us and will give us every day essential keys for our own personal success. The school teaches us to be responsible for our choices and action, and adds to our level of maturity.

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