by Eugenia Torricelli, Class of 2021
High school is one of those things in life that, as soon as you actually start to appreciate the reassuring routine of study and extracurricular activities… you find yourself with the diploma in your hands. When you suddenly realize that it is time to move to a new unknown and ground – because it always happens from a day to another – you get kind of upset and stressed.
What are you going to do now? You start to wonder about your next step, exploring all the possibilities you have. Time passes, and you find yourself waiting for a sign, whatever it is, that makes you think, “Yes, that’s what I want to do”. Well, that usually does not work this way, trust me.
My name is Eugenia Torricelli, a third-year student of the Bachelor in Management (BSc) and an ESCP Student Ambassador. And my duty for today is to present to you the only two realistic scenarios that can occur when you decide to continue your studies after the diploma.
You earned a diploma. What’s next?
Scenario 1: You always wanted to work in the fashion industry, architectural field, agricultural, or – fill the blank with your passion – sector. Your desires and ambitions were crystal clear. Therefore, you select the best University in your country and study like crazy hoping to be accepted. If it doesn’t happen, you try with the second-best, and so on. Until you make your way among the university desks.
Scenario 2: You have more than one idea and many projects filling your head. You also have enough self-confidence not to take a definitive step but to give you another chance and see what the world has to offer before limiting all your possibilities.
The companions that are studying with me at ESCP Business School are mainly appertaining to this second category. Many of them already have clear ideas about their future and abitions. Some are involved in a family business, while others have a personal vision they are really dedicated to and want to bring to reality.
But there is something that differentiates us from the first group. We chose not to stick to our own comfortable situations but to spend 3 years around the world, exploring it as much as possible, and seeing what else is waiting for us.
Explore the world. And be ready to grow
Would it change our direction in life? Or would it merely strengthen our convictions about what to do next? There is no single answer to that, but in any case, within ESCP, we are taking the unique opportunity to see what the world looks like outside our comfort zone.
Anyway, suppose you decide to join us on this international adventure. In that case, this doesn’t mean you are taking a leap into the unknown. Because you can take one thing for granted when you choose ESCP: you will see different cities and learn how to communicate and live together with other cultures. As a side effect, you will improve your language proficiency and earn many soft skills: adaptability, proactivity, time management, critical thinking, conflict resolution, and cooperation, among others.
Discover yourself. In a good company
It would change your professional and personal life forever. The best part of it is that you’re going to learn all of it while having fun with your new French classmates at the Paris Campus or your new German girlfriend at the Das Hotel Bar.
You will barely notice the effortless jet constant change, but you will get closer to what you want to be in life with every new day. You will build up knowledge, contacts, and experiences that will make you a trained and successful Manager, Trader, Entrepreneur, Accountant, and much more.
Even better than that, after the classes, taken by field experts ready to give you a real insight into the world of work, you will never stop learning. Your classmates will teach you a lot just by sharing their life experiences with you. You will discover what it is like to be a global Bank manager because Louis will tell you about all the countries he saw while following his father for work. Angelica will show you that it is possible to be a great freelancer and an amazing mother at the same time because this is what her mum proved to her. Their stories and their ambition will plasm your own.
And when you will fall in love with finance the second year and decide to go work for Amazon, you will do it as a young professional who has a lot to offer and knows how to grow by sharing.
So, after your diploma, take a chance and discover who you can become.