The world is becoming increasingly interconnected, and more young people are seeking careers that will allow them to travel and work internationally. In fact, a 2016 BBC poll found that 56% of respondents from emerging economies consider themselves “global citizens” first and foremost, with those from developed economies not far behind.
The concept of global citizenship is vital to Audencia Business School’s MSc in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management (MSCPM), where the student body is 82% international. Alumni of Audencia go on to careers all over the world. The MSCPM programme prepares students for an international career in a field strategic to any company today. It offers a unique approach that brings together global sourcing and supply chain as well as logistics operations, warehousing and transport management.
“My worldview has immensely changed and it has made me a much better person,” says MSCPM alumnus Lanre Balogun of his time at Audencia. “I have made friends with people from extremely varied backgrounds, ethnicities and religions.”
Lanre came to Nantes from Lagos, Nigeria, and graduated from Audencia with his MSCPM in 2016. Like many Audencia alumni, he quickly landed a position with a major company, which took him to Milan, Italy. Lanre is employed as a supply planning analyst in the fast-moving consumer goods sector of SC Johnson, a multinational corporation that produces cleaning products and other consumer chemicals.
When asked what motivates him, Lanre says “the daily sense of responsibility, knowing that I directly save lives with my products and I increase the quality of people’s lives worldwide.” He adds that he felt prepared due to his experience in the MSCPM programme.
Tan Rongjuan of China, who graduated from the MSCPM programme in 2015, forged a similar path from Audencia to a multinational company. Tan’s career brought her to Paris, where she works in the automotive sector with HTi Apside for Renault-Nissan Purchasing Organisation, as a commodity buyer for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). “Sourcing worldwide, I manage the procurement of ADAS for all Renault plants,” she says. “It’s a great opportunity to work with people from all over the world.”
Tan’s time in the MSCPM programme, she notes, taught her how to adapt to new situations and communicate and collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds. “I learned how to express myself in front of all my colleagues and professors by working the assignments in groups,” she says. “We didn’t have a lot of teamwork in China. This also helps me to present to all collaborators – you can’t imagine how many meetings I have every day.”
Tan and Lanre’s experiences are not unusual – 82% of Audencia’s MSCPM graduates are employed even before they graduate, in a wide range of industries including consulting, transportation, fashion, chemical, retail and more. Like Tan and Lanre, graduates of this programme feel prepared for their careers thanks to the rigorous curriculum and internship experience. But perhaps more importantly, they feel prepared to take on the world as global citizens who understand how to communicate and innovate across cultures.
When asked to offer his advice to Audencia students, Lanre keeps it simple: “Embrace every opportunity you are presented with,” he says, and “give it 100%.”