In keeping with Majors, the Specialisation route… a path completely devoted to international employment

In the framework of the final year Master Grande Ecole – ESC programme of Montpellier Business School, the second semester is allocated to professional specialisations. Paul Martin, Head of the “International Business Model Developer” module, discusses his content, his objectives and the module’s characteristics with us.

Specific academic knowledge and personalised tutoring

This year, this specialisation welcomes 42 students and prepares them for professional international integration at the end of their degree. On top of the academic aspects linked to international business, each student is engaged in a personal and proactive project that looks to define their targeted sector, geographical area and the professional evolution that is expected by the time they graduate. Throughout this course, alongside their lessons, the students are coached to increase their reflexion in order to improve their employability as much as possible. At the end of the course, they discuss their position with professionals and are helped by dedicated coaches who help them to find the most suitable contacts. “It’s a unique opportunity to show the extent of their abilities, their talents and the professional maturity acquired throughout the course and often leads to numerous internship and job offers abroad,” says Paul Martin.

This specialisation has a different rhythm to the others. “It’s an intense rhythm but the students are thrown into a very exciting environment. For example, today they had a videoconference with a business developer on “How To Do Business in China” and then met Mrs Agathe Boidin, General Director of Orchestra who spoke to them about distribution circuits and their strategy for international development. At the heart of this specialisation, the students make a choice between 2 certificates “Big companies” or “SME” and then we adapt the lessons and the conferences to suit their choices,” added Paul.

The students that join this specialisation are naturally very culturally open; by definition nothing holds them back. “We’re not necessarily teaching a specific subject. Among the previous year groups, today some are project managers in international businesses and others are working at the likes of EY and KPMG. Some are working in real estate in the US, others in logistics in Australia, or marketing in Shanghai, or working in luxury products in Paris etc. Instead of searching for a long-term career, we train the students to be able to adapt quickly to their environments, to go out and search the job markets where they’re located, to be able to develop their own business model in whichever country they want to work. These students arrive with ideas, with an analytical spirit, with adaptability and solid international credentials! This attracts so many recruiters.”