Mathilde Hubert - Purchasing Manager, American Express
A programme helping my project to evolve
The criteria I gave myself when looking at higher education possibilities were simple: a comprehensive programme with an international dimension, which would help me ﬁnd my path in life.
The BBA International met my expectations perfectly. After completing my Humacité© project in Malta, I spent my expatriation year in Mexico, being totally immersed in this country. It was an amazing experience on both a personal and linguistic level.
I came back to France almost ﬂuent in Spanish, so I wanted to have a similar experience, perfecting my English. That’s how I ended up in New York for my end-of-studies internship, working for Bernardaud (Limoges porcelain).
It was during this internship that I realised that the luxury sector and sales really weren’t for me but that I much preferred purchasing. Therefore, after my BBA International I completed my studies by undertaking a Masters specialising in International Purchasing.
Intercultural and employability
All of these periods spent abroad weren’t just fun trips or tourism. On the contrary… they were experiences of a substantial length enabling me to improve my language abilities, become more curious, more tolerant and understand other ways of thinking. All of which make you more employable. Having at least one international experience should be a compulsory part of all study programmes. It makes you change the way you look at yourself and others.
My current team is made up of English, Indians and Italians… a veritable multicultural mix!
A citizen of the world
Discovering new cultures is so addictive! In 2016, I took a sabbatical year to go on a world tour. It was an absolutely amazing experience, and I had the opportunity to share many special moments with people from all over the world… in Asia (India, Nepal, Southeast Asia, China, Japan), in Oceania (Australia, New Zealand), in South America (Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil) and, ﬁnally, Mexico. It was also an opportunity to visit friends from the BBA International.
When I returned to American Express, I was offered a new position as Purchasing Manager, working between London, Paris and Madrid.