Ecole des Ponts - FBCCI Breakfast Briefing

Ecole des Ponts – FBCCI Breakfast Briefing

On December 16th early birds flocked to the Franco-British Chamber for the Ecole des Ponts breakfast briefing which presented their Global Executive MBA through a discussion of the process which employers use to search for and recognize talent. Over coffee and croissants, enthusiastic guests were given an introduction to the visionary degree which has the aim of combining soft skills and hard skills in a globally recognised MBA to further enhance career prospects and personal-development.

Attendees came from a wide range of life stages, from one at a career crossroads after gaining 15+ years of experience, to a young consultant climbing up the career ladder. Both discovered that despite their very different backgrounds, the Global Executive MBA could present them with new opportunities in their career.

Why do some people get promoted and others don’t?

A question we have all directly or indirectly considered at some point in our careers. François Blanchet, Head of Admissions & Marketing, provided three main, but not exhaustive, reasons for why this occurs. Firstly, and obviously, the position must exist. If you feel that your company, or your industry, can’t offer you the right opportunity, then it’s probably time you considered exploring the job market.  Secondly, the candidate must be beyond capable of fulfilling the role, which not only means building up your expertise and performing superiorly in your current job, but also developing your people skills and your vision to succeed in a job involving management and leadership challenges. And thirdly, the candidate must be the best person for the position offered. It is here where Mr Blanchet brought in the Global Executive MBA and detailed how the international nature of the programme, along with its focus on leadership and innovation, helped candidates stand out.

What are employers looking for?

  • Job fit
  • Boss fit
  • Company fit

Desmond McGetrick, Head of Alumni & Corporate Relations, pointed out that that fitting the job description profile is no longer enough to guarantee you the job, or even an interview. The main tip we learnt is to not oversell or undersell yourself and use your personality and morals to act as a screening process for companies that you would like to work for.

Additionally, companies recruiting high potentials expect a number of attributes beyond the right set of skills. Mr Blanchet particularly likes the way Claudio Fernández-Aráoz (from Egon Zehnder) describes how 21st century organizations can spot talent:

  • The right kind of motivation: the will to excel in the pursuit of an unselfish goal
  • Curiosity: a penchant for seeking out new experiences, knowledge, and candid feedback and an openness to learning and change
  • Insight: the ability to gather and make sense of information that suggests new possibilities
  • Engagement: a knack for using emotion and logic to communicate a persuasive vision and connect with people
  • Determination: the wherewithal to fight for difficult goals despite challenges and to bounce back from adversity

How does this link in with the Global Executive MBA?

Designed for working professionals, the Global Executive MBA is focused on the individual to enhance their skills and leadership abilities in order to separate them from other candidates as a result of the added value they could offer to the company. The School matches Executive MBA participants with their own professional coach who will help them refine and achieve their career goals, and guide them through the MBA process. The Global part of the MBA refers to the internationally recognised degree due to the teaching links with Solvay Brussels School & Fox School of Business at Temple University, USA. The MBA also opens the doors to a network of 100,000 alumni of the Fox School of Business where you are presented with the opportunity to learn from the experience of fellow degree colleagues and professors alike.

If you are looking to increase your career opportunities, develop new skills and transform yourself, the Global Executive MBA may be the answer. To find out more and benefit from a strategic career consultation, please follow the link here.


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