Preparing Yourself for the Future of Work with the ESSEC Global BBA Program

Wondering where demand for talent will come from in 2021? LinkedIn’s latest Singapore Jobs on the Rise report sheds light on key trends that have emerged from Covid-19 and its resulting structural shifts. Understanding them will allow you to equip yourself with the relevant skills to prepare for the jobs of the future. 

We summarize some key findings from the report and introduce our Global Bachelor in Business Administration (GBBA), voted #1 in France by leading publications Le Point and L'Etudiant and Parcoursup’s university application platform for French high school students. Globally, ESSEC is in the top 6% for Business & Management Studies (QS World University Rankings 2021). 


The report shows Covid-19 has sped up the pace of digital transformation. As people stayed home in 2020, the e-commerce sector recorded 87% growth and 30% rise in new online consumers, driving demand for skills in supply chain management and logistics. Businesses also turned to social media to engage with their customers, upping the need for digital marketers and SEO specialists. The acceleration of digitization has helped Singapore retain its tech crown and bolstered opportunities for entrepreneurship.

At the same time, Covid-19 has proven the resilience of traditional jobs, such as in finance and business development. Finance remains imperative to Singapore’s economy and demand for talent in this area is bolstered by the region’s rapid growth over the last few years, says the report.


Future-proof your career with the ESSEC Global BBA Program

The ESSEC Global BBA is a 4-year program designed to equip students with skills demanded by the jobs of the future. 

A broad and flexible curriculum allows you to choose from a wide array of elective courses such as Web Marketing, Operations Management and Financial Markets after acquiring the fundamentals of business management in all fields (Accounting, Policy, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing and Operations Management) in your first two years.

The practical approach of the GBBA incorporates 10 to 16 months of work experience that is highly valued by employers. 3 months of operational internship is undertaken after the first year, followed by a month of social internship after the second year. In years 3 and 4, students undertake a 6 to 12-month managerial internship.

Entrepreneurship is a common interest among the GBBA and ESSEC community more widely.   Support for aspiring entrepreneurs is provided throughout the GBBA in the form of courses, seminars, internships and incubators, helping students gain insights into the start-up world. Moreover, the Cergy on-campus student incubator, ESSEC Ventures, offers monitoring, co-working space and events with high-level VC speakers. As LinkedIn’s report highlights, the acceleration of digital transformation has reinforced Singapore’s status as a hub for entrepreneurship and, despite the pandemic, tech start-ups here raised US$3.7 billion in 2020. 

International exposure is gained through the possibility of an exchange or the double degree program, as well as intercampus mobility and global internships. By the end of the course, graduates have typically lived in 3 countries. Furthermore, you will have the chance to acquire up to 3 new languages. In addition to Business English, you will study French and can choose another language of your choice, including , German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic. 

Finally, as a GBBA graduate, you will join a global corporate network of 60,000+ leaders in the fields of finance, management, consulting. These leaders frequently participate in networking sessions with current students and are able to offer career advice and even employment opportunities. Notable alumni include Emilie Couton, VP, Digital Marketing APAC at Accor; Marc Lansonneur, Head of Managed Solutions and Investment Governance at DBS Bank; and Pascal de Petrini, Senior VP, Chairman at Danone Asia.


Where are GBBA alumni today?

Apple, BNP Paribas, Deloitte and LVMH are just some of the top global companies employing ESSEC GBBA alumni. A survey of the 2019 graduates showed 96% found a job within 6 months of graduation. The same survey showed they earn an average salary of €45,000, and that 63% have a role with an international focus. Sectors in which graduates work include tech (28%), finance and insurance (15%), consulting (13%), industry (10%) and tourism (9%).


For more information about the program, please visit: https://www.essec.edu/en/program/global-bba/global-bba-international/

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