Why did you choose the Food Business Challenges Chair?
I decided to join the Food Business Challenges Chair in order to develop my skills and understanding of the food industry. From production problematics to targeting new consumer expectations, the chair program was the perfect training to allow me to broaden my vision of the food sector before entering the workforce.
What has been the most interesting, surprising, or exciting experience you have had within the ESSEC Food Business Challenge Chair? and why ?
Two points particularly marked me during my six months within the chair. The first point was the richness of the work we had to do during these six months. We had the chance to work on current issues of food companies, which we were then able to present our solutions to the managers of these companies. This allowed me, as I hoped, to broaden my vision of the food sector and to better understand the challenges we will have to face in the years to come. I also discovered sectors that I did not know such as agricultural cooperatives with Axereal and the yeast sector with Lesaffre for which I was the ambassador for the chair.
I also had the chance to study innovations in the food sector and their impact on consumption patterns with Richard Delerins, a professor and researcher of the Chair. It allowed me to sharpen my vision of the new consumption models.
The second point that I appreciated were the encounters that the Chair allowed me to make. Indeed, the people I met during these six months, both teachers and students, were inspiring and inspired. Despite the health context and the distance learning, we managed to create strong links. In my opinion, the strength of the chair is that it brings together people with very different backgrounds around the same passion, food.
And now …?
In addition to having learned a lot thanks to the chair, it also allowed me to find my first job. Indeed, I will join the Graduate Program Potential of METRO France next September. METRO is a partner of the Chair and was particularly involved in the projects we had to carry out, which motivated me to join the group. This Graduate Program will allow me for two years to keep learning while bringing my ideas to a big group.