We are delighted to bring you “Go France”, the guide for international students looking to work in France!
Devised and compiled by Audencia’s Career Centre and Alumni team, with the support of the School's student reporters, “Go France” is a valuable resource for internationals considering a career in France after their studies. Starting with HR professionals’ top tips and debunking the myths and realities of the workplace, Go France also showcases the experiences of more than 20 international alumni who have aced the challenge of finding a job in France.
This week, discover what Vanessa Benitez, IMM 16, has to say.
- Graduated from the IMM 16 programme
- Originally from Colombia
- Working as sales and marketing manager at Arjowiggins in Paris
- Daily working language ▶ French, English
- Native language (s) ▶ Spanish
- Level of French ▶ Upper intermediate
- Other languages spoken ▶ French, English
- Other degrees ▶ Bachelor in Marketing & Economics
Vanessa's key advice
Learn French, learn about French culture – the facts and the history!
How it all started
I had 2 years of professional experience in Colombia before coming to France. After Audencia I did an internship, then I continued in the same company as Brand Project Manager. This year I got the Sales & Marketing Manager position.
Kick boxing, yoga, science fiction books and movies, playing the piano.
Some of my classmates live in Paris, so we still see each other. Regarding those abroad we communicate via WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook Messenger or LinkedIn.
Keeping in touch
Myths & realities
- Work-life balance
- Initially French people tend not to open up to internationals
- You would need to at least understand French in order to get a job