Go France! Being Chinese can be an obstacle & an advantage for getting a job in France

  • Career Center
  • Le 3 janvier 2020

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.

Come and join the Go France launch event in Paris on 6 February when the conversation will go live!
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In the meantime, discover what Bing Zhang-Rose, GE 08, has to say.

About Bing

  • Graduated from the GE 08 programme
  • Originally from China
  • Worked in France as Trade Marketing Manager, Global Travel Retail at CHRISTIAN DIOR PERFUMES, Paris (2009-17)
    Currently working in Hong Kong as Trade Marketing Manager at Moet Hennessy Global Travel Retail
  • Native language (s) ▶ Chinese
  • Level of French ▶ fluent
  • Other languages spoken ▶ English
  • Other degrees ▶ Bachelor of Arts in History

Bing's key advice 
Being Chinese can be obstacle for getting a job in France but can also be an advantage: some companies are looking for your knowledge of the Chinese market.

How it all started
I started my career in advertising in China before studying at Audencia. I did 2 internships with Apple Europe and L'Oreal. After graduation, I entered L'Oreal headquarters in Clichy working for Maybelline Asia Pacific zone. Later I joined Parfums Christian Dior (LVMH group) as Operational Marketing Manager for Japan and China, based in Paris. Late 2017, I moved to Hong Kong, and joined Moet Hennessy (LVMH group), managing all MH portfolio brands
trade marketing activities in travel retail channel.

Myths & realities
Realities: Speaking French, understanding the culture and being able to adapt and integrate are essential.

Myths: 35 hours is not for the "cadres" and not for those who desire to excel at work.

My biggest challenge
Be able to make presentations in French in front of the top management.

Speaking French
I took French courses, learned French from my colleagues and kept practicing.

Advice and top tips
Make the most of it - learn the language, go out to make local friends, travel, get to know the culture, enjoy the wines and the cheeses. Be confident, be open, embrace the differences, keep your identity while adapt and integrate into the company life. Internships and part-time jobs will also help you learn and strengthen your CV.

Are you an international alum in France or, are you a French alum working abroad?
Do you have a story to tell about your journey and how you secured your job or internship?
Do you have advice that you would like to share with current students?

If you have answered YES to all of the above, then please follow this link!

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