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 Lorena Rodriguez, IMM 12, has to say.
- Graduated from the IMM 12 programme
- Originally from Colombia
- Working as Partnership Manager at Bluewolf, an IBM company in Paris
- Daily working language ▶ French, English, Spanish
- Native language (s) ▶ Spanish
- Level of French ▶ Good
- Other languages spoken ▶ English, French
Check systematically whether you need to use TU rather than VOUS because this completely changes they way you approach people.
Lorena's key advice
How it all startedI worked in sales in the banking industry, sales and partnerships in IT business (software) in charge of south America and then US/Canada, since 3 years partnership manager IT business (software) in France.
Realities: Having a good level of French is key even if you have global or EMEA position. It took me 3 years to understand professional culture and behaviour. The visa is no longer an issue if you choose a consulting company for example. In certain sectors, the French market has a lot to offer internationals even if you dont have perfect French: software business in consulting, sales, pre-sales.
Myths & realities
Myths: Obtaining a visa is too hard. This is only true if you don’t choose the right industry sector.
Language skills even if I already had a good level of French when I started working. People don't really do efforts to understand your accent and understanding local professional culture: they way you send emails, they way
My biggest challenge
you approach people, relationships are quite different, having coffee breaks twice a day...