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.
In the meantime, discover what Ana Maria Olaya, IMM 15, has to say.
About Ana Maria
- Graduated from the IMM 15 programme
- Originally from Colombia
- Working as Finance Manager at MasterCard in Paris
- Daily working language ▶ English, French, Spanish
- Native language (s) ▶ Spanish
- Level of French ▶ Upper intermediate /Advanced
- Other languages spoken ▶ Currently learning Hindi
- Other degrees ▶ BSc Finance & International Affairs , Diploma in Corporate Finance
People are crazy about apero and networking! They really enjoy that time when you discuss and address a topic around a glass of wine. Even sometimes job related.
Ana Maria's key advice
I worked for 3 years in Investment Banking as Finance Analyst before joining Audencia. After my degree I did a 6 month internship in Paris. I then joined Mastercard as Senior Finance Analyst for France abefore being promoted to Finance Manager for Western Europe.
How it all started
I always remember one course which has been a huge help at work: “Managing Across Cultures”. I always apply and think about the dimensions when interacting with people from different cultures.
Most memorable experience
Realities: Speaking French is a must if you want to increase your chances to get a good job. Even if there are English speaking jobs, communicating in French will be highly appreciated.
Myths & realities
Myths: French people don’t work as much, always leave early, taking coffee breaks or on holidays. This might be partially true. French working style tends to balance personal and professional life but they are highly productive.