Helliwell David - Canada - Class of 2000
Before the ENPC MBA I was an exploration geophysicist in the mining industry, and, for two years, a part time professional windsurfing racer. My work gave me the money and extended holiday time to pursue my dreams to be a pro windsurfer, but after five years, I was ready for change.
I chose the ENPC MBA because I felt that, from a Canadian perspective, North American MBAs could not offer the international experience of their European counterparts. Several months before graduating from the ENPC MBA, I signed with the Strategy department of Cap Gemini Ernst & Young as a Consultant, and they paid for most of my MBA tuition fees as a signing bonus and they gave me a competitive salary - About 50% higher than what I earned before the MBA.
I took the summe r off (to get married and have one last windsurfing race), and went back to work in September 2000. I was promoted to Senior Consultant in December of 2001, and worked on fascinating projects all over Europe until returning to Canada in late 2002.
I came back to Canada to be the senior policy adviser to a cabinet minister in the Canadian government. The combination of the European MBA and consulting experience made me a more valuable commodity at home, allowing me to get an extraordinary job that is normally done by people 10-15 years older than me.