Careers and opportunities of Grande Ecole Program

The structure of the ICD Grande Ecole Masters programme has been designed to enhance the employability of our students. Throughout the 5 years of their studies, students participate in a broad range of carefully planned activities offering them invaluable real-world experience of the business world.

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THE PROFESSIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE GRANDE ECOLE PROGRAM

UNDERGRADUATE CYCLE

Year 1

The orientation seminar and your participation in our student clubs and societies will offer you an insight into project management.  Working in a group under time constraints to achieve an objective is a real challenge.  It will enable you to develop a range of professional competencies such as, interpersonal skills, creativity, listening skills, and the ability to work effectively in a team.  The first-year business placement will be your first contact with the world of work, during which you’ll start developing your negotiation skills.  The placement experience will also be the opportunity to practice your sales techniques, and will allow you to develop your understanding of a sector of activity whilst exploring the world of work and building up your professional network.

  • Sales and customer relations placement (2 to 3 months)

Year 2

The second-year business placement is designed to enable you to discover the sales and/or marketing functions of a business organisation.  Thanks to the methods and tools acquired at Business School, your host company will give you specific assignments to do and increase your level of responsibility as you progress, meaning you’ll become increasingly autonomous in your work and develop the confidence to take new initiatives.  We’ll ask you to draft a sales portfolio helping you to gain a deep understanding of your company and enabling you to make concrete recommendations.  Finally, you’ll take part in the annual Négociales student sales challenge, which will put your negotiation techniques to the test in a quasi-real-world context.  The challenge is also an amazing opportunity for you to build up your professional network.

  • Sales or marketing placement (3 to 4 months)

Year 3

In year 3, the intensity of your professional and international experiences will accelerate in parallel since they are closely linked to each other in terms of the course learning objectives.  You’ll also carry out an export development project, enabling you to enhance your skills in strategic decision making, marketing analysis and international project management.

  • International business placement (3 to 4 months)

 

MASTERS CYCLE

Year 4

In year 4 you’ll work in project management mode, producing strategic recommendations for our partner companies and taking on increasing business responsibilities.  During your business placement or work-study scheme (Toulouse), you’ll have opportunities to acquire expertise in a specific sector of activity whilst developing know-how and skills that will be invaluable for your future employability. 

  • Paris: 4 to 6-month business placement 
  • Toulouse: work-study scheme or 6-month international business placement

Year 5

Work-study scheme

 

PROGRAMME GRANDE ECOLE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

COLOUR YOUR FUTURE...

In the final year of the course, you’ll choose an optional module (specialisation) that corresponds to your career project.  Year 5 is the final step before entering the job market, so the programme has been specifically designed to prepare you for employment.  Students can choose from 7 specialisations in the following 3 areas of business: sales, marketing and business development.

See below the module descriptions and related career opportunities.
 

SPECIALISATION IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

This optional module prepares students for work in international business development.  It covers the administrative and legal considerations as well as the development of new business strategies in a multinational environment.  The specialisation will prepare you for employment in the following jobs:

  • Export area manager
  • International purchasing manager
  • International business development manager
  • MNC executive director (Multinational Corporations)
  • Global office representative
  • International Brand Manager

SPECIALISATION IN PURCHASING, SUPPLY-CHAIN & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

This optional module aims to develop your skills and expertise in the management of purchasing and logistics processes.  It will enable you to deploy strategies and to optimise processes whilst taking into consideration issues related to sustainable development.  The specialisation will prepare you for employment in the following jobs:

  • Public sector purchaser
  • Purchasing manager
  • Logistics project manager
  • Logistics flow control manager
  • Export area manager
  • Purchasing sourcing manager
  • Supply chain manager
     

SPECIALISATION IN E-BUSINESS & DIGITAL MARKETING

By covering the different aspects of digital presence and the management of web projects, this optional module will equip you with the expertise and skills to implement web-based marketing strategies.  The specialisation prepares you for employment in the following jobs:

  • On-line marketing manager
  • Web & e-commerce consultant
  • Interactive marketing manager
  • Web project manager
  • Community manager
  • E-business project manager
  • E-category manager

SPECIALISATION IN CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT

This optional module will offer you the expertise required to understand different customer behaviour models and to redefine their place in a digital strategy.  The specialisation will prepare you for employment in the following jobs:

  • Sales network manager
  • E-business project manager
  • Sales & marketing director
  • Customer relationship manager
  • E-commerce sales representative
  • Customer development & loyalty manager 
  • Agency director

SPECIALISATION IN INNOVATION MARKETING

This optional module covers the area of innovation within organisations.  It will equip you with the expertise required to create and develop innovative products or services and use cutting edge techniques to market them successfully.  This specialisation will prepare you for employment in the following jobs:

  • Innovation entrepreneur or start-upper
  • Innovation project developer
  • Brand manager
  • Innovation strategy planner
  • Innovation marketing consultant
  • Marketing research manager
  • Marketing Manager

SPECIALISATION IN SALES & MAKKETING STRATEGY CONSULTANCY

With a focus on sales & marketing strategy consultancy work, this optional module equips students with expert knowledge and operational skills needed to acquire new clients.  The specialisation will prepare you for employment in the following jobs:

  • Account manager
  • Sales & marketing strategy consultant
  • Entrepreneur
  • Sales department manager
  • Big Data Consultant
  • Business Analyst

COACHING WORKSHOPS

Our coaching workshops will equip you with new job-hunting tools and enable you to develop interview techniques that will impress employers.

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ICD is not just any ordinary business school.  Today, I think it stands out from the others thanks to a specific set of values that we find throughout the programme.  Above all, the school offers us a real human adventure made up of a wide variety of rewarding encounters and experiences that are designed to broaden our horizons, understand and accept others more easily and think differently.  But it’s also a school with a true human dimension.  There is a friendly atmosphere on campus and the professors and support staff really care about the students.  Also, the international aspect of the programme has allowed me to experience a different culture.  I’ve got only happy memories of these experiences, which in the end have helped me to acquire new knowledge, to grow, and to transform the vision I had of the unknown.

Ophélie
Year 3 student, Grande Ecole Programme

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