WHAT DOES BS STAND FOR?
During my 10+ months at Our Millennials Today, I’ve noticed that unlike what I believed, not everyone links passion to work. Actually, more than anything, it’s often quite the contrary. Either people give up their dreams early on to pursue « classical careers » while others decide to put their life on hold « for some time » and keep their passion « on the side ».
Some people started telling me me they would do an interview « once they have a shareable life ». But what does it really mean for them to tell me that? That being in a consulting firm is shameful? That working 3 years+ in a place to gain some experience never rimes with passion?
The more I thought about it, the more I realised the majority of my interviewees were issued from prestigious French universities. On my search for orientation inspiration / education comprehension, I went to Nathalie Hector, the head of emlyon business school‘s Msc Program. From delocalisation, higher fees, to a status reform and inventing new mottos by the minute, many are those who wonder what Business Schools stand for nowadays.
INTERVIEW WITH NATHALIE HECTOR, HEAD OF EMLYON PGE PROGRAM
I’ve arrived almost a year ago at emlyon. I’m giving myself 3 years to shift it all around. What has to change? Well, for one: the entire program! * laughs *. The first step was to find reliable and young actors to help me in this « renovation project ». They all serve as transformation pillars for emlyon, and we give them a big experimentation field to play with! Each one of the structures we collaborate with takes care of an aspect we’re willing to change up here. Some go faster than others, but I’m confident, it’s just a matter of time.
For instance we have Spark 360 to give students a life-compass to follow throughout their life and studies ; We Are Peers takes care of becoming an actor of your education and the makers’ lab. Then it’s my job to coordinate everything.
My wish is for my students to understand that I’m not preparing them to get that « first job » everybody talks about. In fact, I’m convinced that once you’re out of a Business School like ours today, the real challenge is to figure out WHO you want to be in your active years. By that I mean:
what kind of person do you wish to be? What would you like to leave behind? What is it that you want to change in the society you live in?
For that we have to provide students with the right toolkit to help them map their future. If they decide to go work for EY, it won’t matter on the short-term if their purpose or passion isn’t fulfilled on their life compass… as long as they know why they do it and how it’s going to help them. They will gain in employability for sure, and maybe this had been the goal all along. Maybe, this way they can hop on a greater adventure right after! It’s all about planning.
In a few years schools won’t look anything like they do today. Maybe we’ll just be coaches for our students. On the long run, they will be the only actors in forging their own educative path. We have to be sure our service still answers to our students’ needs. For example, we understood they need more personal and professional guidance now. So we’re working on how to give them a better offer on the subject.
I know it’s hard to envision that right now, after all emlyon is centuries old! Same goes for many other schools, and since the rankings didn’t really change for years… But we’ll evolve for sure.
Something I don’t understand is why passion and work are separated in our life-conception. It doesn’t make sense! If you’re passionate about what you, you’ll eventually be more engaged and efficient. That’s why I wanted for 2018’s on-boarding to be focused on passion and passion only. This way we created small clusters of people sharing the same interests. Hopefully they’ll be able to build new projects together and help each other develop their talent.
I believe a lot in peer-to-peer learning and collective intelligence. I’ve known its theory for a while but have only been applying it for a few years now. It’s a new trend but it will certainly affect many fields and change hierarchical relationships in firms. One of the objectives now is to train emlyon staff to facilitation so they can lead workshops for students to learn using a peer-to-peer method. This way they will also familiarise with this method and why not implement this in their own structures later?