My motto has always been “No matter how hard it seems, don’t stop until you’ve achieved your dream”. That dream is what brought me to Grenoble Ecole de Management and where I am in my career today. I had been working at Mars Incorporated for almost two years when I decided to take a new direction and follow a 6 month Fashion & Design course in Milan.
This equipped me with an artistic understanding of the Fashion Industry, but I was keen to gain further specialist skills and knowledge in order to obtain a competitive advantage in this field.
My search for the right Master’s degree brought me to Grenoble Ecole de Management’s MSc in Fashion and Luxury Management.I was attracted not only GEM’s international rankings, but also by the program’s unique merge of both the artistic and the business side of Fashion and Luxury.
Being a student on this program provided me with infinite tools, know-how and possibilities. This master’s degree is not only about gaining academic expertise, but also about developing interpersonal skills and networking, which are both key for developing a career in this niche industry.
Currently, I find myself working in the International Retail Development Department of Louis Vuitton’s at their Central Headquarters located in Paris, France. My personal determination and commitment enabled me to fulfill this dream, but such an opportunity would also not have been possible without the knowledge, skills and network I acquired on this outstanding program.
Grenoble is an outstanding location with a beautiful landscape and an excellent academic atmosphere. My year at GEM was very fulfilling and I vastly improved my skills and knowledge in many domains. I also learned a lot from my peers… I was impressed at how proactive, creative, efficient and professional the other students were. This in turn inspired me to be the same! I think this is one of the reasons why employers choose to employ GEM graduates.
The Msc FDLM program is a high quality employment oriented program, which fulfills the requirements of most companies in luxury industry looking to recruit in this field. The Fashion and Luxury business requires candidates who have knowledge in various disciplines and individuals who are able to quickly adapt to new environments. Graduates from this program are well equipped to meet these needs.
The sector I am now working in, merchandising, is a good example of this. In this field we need to have a good understanding of products and economy and at the same time excellent knowledge about customers and society. Prior to working in Gucci’s merchandising team, I completed an internship in Moet Hennessy for retail analysis. Both have been great experiences and I’m enjoying the opportunity to apply my learning from the classroom into the workplace!