Paul Delesalle, 20 years old, is a 3rd year student at IESEG School of Management Lille where he is preparing for a Master in Management. He is also the winner of the Entrypark Guerilla Marketing Challenge 2012 and won a trip to Stockholm, where he visited the Entrypark office in June and met our CEO Torgil Lenning. He presented to the entire team his marketing plan, which was the best among all the other 30 entries from students in more than 10 countries in Europe and Asia who participated in the competition. On this occasion he met with Klara Losonczy from Real World Magazine, and he gave us an exclusive interview sharing his tricks, his trip to Stockholm and his future career plans.
Here is the second part of his interview!
You seem to put a lot of energy in extra-curricular activities, you have participated in different student competitions, besides the Entrypark Guerrilla Marketing Challenge. I think it would be interesting for our readers to know what are some of the projects you have taken part in or organized as a student at IESEG.
I will begin by describing my experience in Morocco, where I participated in the Raid 4L Trophy, a car rally exclusively for students. All the cars –vintage French cars only!- start from Paris and end the race in Morocco. It was an important project for me because you need to gather up a budget of 7000 euros to finance yourself in the competition. So for this you need to find and convince companies to sponsor you and it was a very interesting experience to motivate and interest them in the project.
Yes, very interesting indeed. What other activities did you take part in in order to gain and brush up your career skills?
At IESEG we have a system through which we can organize various joint projects every year. I participated with a team of 6 people in a project called “Moldova”, which had the objective of sending medical supplies to Moldova. It was a rewarding project and we gave our best.
So what are your plans for this summer? Joining a summer school or an internship programme?
I am going to Hong Kong for 6 weeks for an internship in a small self-starting company. I will work with compatibility business plans and enlarging their client network. It sounds very attractive to me and I will also be able to shoot two rabbits with one stone, since I will take advantage of this opportunity to plan my summer holidays too: some of my friends are in the Philippines right now and after the internship I will go and join them there. What interests me most is traveling to Hong Kong: a dynamic city with plenty of opportunities to enrich your career skills.
Congratulations for this internship opportunity and good luck in Hong Kong! What are your career plans after graduation?
My goal is to create my own company. We receive a lot of support at IESEG for this: there are many conferences on entrepreneurship, business people we can meet and talk to, company start-up competitions and so on. I feel I receive great training for developing a good network of contacts and entrepreneurial skills during my studies.
As we approach the end of the interview, do you have any piece of advice for the readers of Real World Magazine who are students like you, interested in career opportunities abroad and perhaps even winning our next Entrypark Challenge?
The most important thing is to involve yourself in as many projects as you can, and gain experience from everywhere. In addition, it is key to set yourself achievable and realistic goals and motivate yourself thoroughly. For example, for the Entrypark Challenge and other such competitions it is helpful to talk to the right people and ask for advice. Do not spare yourself! Focus only on a project at a time, say for one month to give your 100% and only after that involve yourself in other activities. It is good to have a basket of projects that you would like to take part in and manage them well.
Thank you for this interview. I wish you good luck in all your future career activities!