ESCP Business School and its Masters in Management offer one of the most versatile degree experiences out there. With so many academic, social, and professional opportunities to choose from – specialisations, student societies, alumni contacts and events, to name a few – you may find yourself in the paradoxical situation of finding it difficult to decide what NOT to choose.
There are several ways to make the most of your time at ESCP, but the most important is to build your personalised MiM and make it your own! You will get out of the experience as much as you put into building it. On top of making the experience more interesting for you, the choices you make will lead you to land the job you want.
Specialisations: Try something new or confirm your career direction
The ESCP MiM currently offers around 60 specialisations, all of which last a semester. Bar a few compulsory courses, seminars and your master thesis, they’ll make up the bulk of your studies. You can start them as early as the second semester of your M1 which honestly is quite cool and helps a lot with long term career reflection.
I’m currently doing the Investment Banking specialisation in London, because, coming from an engineering background, I felt that sooner rather than later I would have to dive a bit deeper into financial concepts, whether for internships/jobs or so that I can develop my own personal investment strategy. In pre-Covid years, visits to leading players in the industry, such as JP Morgan and Citi, added to the experience. During my semester, we had many webinars with recent graduates working in the sector.
When comparing the course work with friends doing masters programmes in finance, it really feels like I am doing one as well. The main difference is that, contrary to a specialist masters, I get the opportunity to take a close look at additional interesting subjects as well.
Recruiting companies fully appreciate the specialisation’s value; it was one of the reasons I was able to secure a corporate strategy internship featuring a financial aspect, at a leading company in Paris.
My interests are not limited to the financial domain, however. I’m also really keen to tackle the subjects of data science and entrepreneurship, which I will have the opportunity to do in my second year of masters.
With the specialisations of the Masters in Management, you basically get to dive deep into two or three domains that interest you ranging from, but not limited to, marketing, consulting, finance, entrepreneurship, data science and sustainability. A few specific industries such as real estate, sports management and media are represented as well.
Working and playing outside the classroom with the student societies
As we are less likely to physically see other students this year, for obvious reasons, societies are more than ever a great stepping stone to meet other people. This year I am part of JET ESCP, a junior enterprise, where I’ve had the opportunity to be a business developer and tech consultant, together with students from all of our campuses.
At ESCP, there is a luxury society, a regatta sailing event society, sports clubs, venture capital society, charities, social entreprises, etc… As with the aforementioned specialisations, there will obligatorily be a society or two that fits your interests.
Getting involved with them and becoming part of their teams is another one of the ways to see what the world has to offer. Whilst there are a few MiM-centred societies, I also ended up meeting with people from some of the other programmes ESCP has to offer.
Do you have a passion that is not represented at ESCP? You can always create your own society and kickstart it.
Student societies are also a great way to get in touch with professionals that have a path that interests you. For my development role in the consulting society, I got to meet people working in tech, finance and consulting, which were all areas I wanted to explore. With the JET ESCP student society, I gained knowledge, interest and contacts all in one!
Networking with the professionals of the ESCP alumni
ESCP has quite a big alumni network (around 65,000 in 150 countries), working in most industries, some of whom are in top roles (CEO, CMO, Founder, Vice President, etc). Through our internal alumni platform, it is easy to contact someone who’s path inspires you. There is a lot to learn from contacting them, and more often than not they are happy to give advice and help. This is because they were once in our shoes and they themselves asked alumni for help.
The ESCP Alumni association has a mentoring scheme in place, that I strongly recommend. On top of getting an inside view of what the professional world is like, and getting some sage advice, consulting with an alumna/us is also one of the best ways to increase your network.
Business Leader interviews, company presentations and careers events
A lot of events happen at ESCP!
Societies organise them, the Chairs at ESCP organise them, the careers service organises them, and the school itself organises them. They cover many topics – almost as many as there are student societies!
Some examples amongst others are:
- Data consultancy with Artefact, organised by the ESCP Consulting Club
- What leverage does President Biden have? organised by FPI, presided over by Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former Prime Minister of France and ESCP alumnus
- Interview with Stéphane Bazin, CEO of Accor, the largest hospitality company in Europe, organised by student society Les Tribunes.
The latter was one of the most interesting ones. Stéphane Bazin was one of the many high-profile guests that the “Les Tribunes” society hosts whom we got to meet and listen to. It was a truly rare experience, to hear how the CEO of a leading hospitality company tackles important questions during the middle of a pandemic that has shut down the industry. What I really liked about this one is that despite how serious the topic was, Mr. Bazin had a really casual attitude that made his opinions interesting to hear because he was relatable.
A main event at ESCP is the careers fair – or should I say main events?
During the careers fairs at ESCP, top companies come to present their internships and career opportunities. Each campus holds at least one general fair every year; there are also events specific to the consulting and audit, the investment banking and the technology industry sectors, as well as a specific event for management programmes at top companies.
If you play your cards right, these events give you another set of choices and discovery of fields you may want to go into when you graduate.
The ESCP Master in Management, by being at least 2 years long, and featuring the possibility to do gap semesters for internships and personal projects, is one of the most versatile degrees out there. It is a great foundation upon which you can launch your professional career. By giving yourself the chance to make the experience unique, you can make your ESCP MiM more interesting for yourself, but also for recruiters from your target companies.
About the Author
Benoit Marzloff, BEng in Mechanical Engineering with Management at the University of Manchester, UK
Currently a French-English ESCP MiM Student finishing my Master Year 1. I was for the first semester in Turin and went on the Investment Banking track in the London campus during my second semester. I will be taking a gap year to get some professional experience, then I will follow through with a data science and entrepreneurship focused M2 year!