GRANDE ÉCOLE YEAR 3: IN-DEPTH STUDY AND INTERLINKING OF THE BASICS
By the end of the third year, students have completed the first cycle of the curriculum. By this stage, they have put together the basics of an organisation and are able to understand how a company functions within its environment. On a personal level, they have strengthened their positioning as an active participant in professional life from the first year onward and they continue to do so in the third year with the guidance of their tutors.
The third year puts the emphasis on projects for students. The content of the third year is therefore strongly focused on deepening knowledge and putting it into practice by placing students in real situations.
Seminars over several consecutive days (communication, negotiation, crisis management, ethical dilemmas, etc.) place students in situations where they have to deal with conditions of limited time and organisation, management, urgency and concentration-related constraints.
Innovative teaching methods, always delivered in association with company heads, are rolled out over a number of months (innovative company creation project; marketing project for real sleeping partners; week-long simulation of management of a company based on a real case; exploration of the different jobs within the company utilising, for example, interviews and discussions with professionals; independently organising a cycle of conferences led by keynote speakers, etc.).
These assignments allow students to experience group interactions, the problems involved in the planning and management of a medium-term project, and enable them to widen their professional network and, on a personal level, discover the satisfaction of exceeding their own expectations and the pride of achieving goals on their own merit.
The third year also ensures further theoretical teaching and continues with the learning and accreditation of professional knowledge, including use of the French language (certification Voltaire), two obligatory foreign languages (TOEFL and other certificates), and classes on general culture and cultural openness.
Focus on a highlight:
The marketing study on behalf of a company, carried out in a group, in parallel to the teaching, activates the knowledge acquired in a relevant manner.
Professional and international experience:
Work placement with a European dimension:
Possibility of becoming boutique manager during the French Open event
A minimum of three months’ work placement in a European context in France or abroad.
Personnel assessment tools and skills management tools
Cash flow statements – Management control – Budgets
Business plan & financial analysis
Supply Chain / Purchasing / Quality
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
International commercial law
The Manager & labour law
Production system analysis
Supply chain management
Personnel assessment tools
Economics of global trade
Quality and management
Innovation and management
Entrepreneurship: from the business model to strategy
Management summary case study
Innovation and management
Social realities & field investigation management seminar
Financial structure and financial politics
Diagnostics and strategic decisions
Commercial activities plan
International B2B sales
International B2C sales
Management of a sales team
Marketing and ethics
Luxury sector marketing
International: Country analyses
International and legal matters
International development, export
Language learning among various language options
Sociology and marketing
Association life project
Insight into the professional world
Research Methods in Management Science
The French Tennis Federation (FFT) has been ISTEC’s education partner for over 25 years.
Students participate in the operational marketing and promotion of French Open products during the iconic Tennis Championship. Sales, logistics, merchandising, management, etc. – a true in-the-field application of the lessons taught during the year!
In the context of the partnership, the FFT is closely associated with education at ISTEC and in particular with marketing and events-related learning. Students experience the tournament from behind the scenes and participate in the most media-friendly French sporting event of the year.
Assistance with the planning of the activity
Training and guidance of the teams
Brief, leadership and motivation of the team
Ensuring rules are complied with
Being able to relay the information between the FFT and the teams
Appropriate overseeing of activities
Anticipation of activity peaks (end of match, weather, etc.)
Evaluation of teams
In the third year, the students in associations implement their projects. Students are offered the possibility to manage teams of 10 to 80 students and manage the budgets that are allocated to them. It is a year of taking on responsibility and developing professionalism and commitment
Loïc DELMER – Grande Ecole 3rd year
Association life has played a major role in my training since my first year. I joined the basketball association, which allowed me to develop my team spirit and my desire to win. Then, in second year, I had the opportunity to be treasurer of a team running for the Student Union elections. I therefore learnt to manage a budget, as well as a team.
It was a very powerful and rewarding experience in terms of human relations. In third year, I joined the sports association and in this way I learnt to take on responsibilities. I am currently in the Societies Association, where I am in charge of ensuring that the entire Association life of ISTEC runs smoothly.