MBA Luxury Brand Management

MBA Luxury Brand Management
Class of 2016-2017

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The End is Now

By Emily Albright, MBA in International Luxury Brand Management 2013-2014, USA

The day that many of my fellow ESSEC Luxe students and I could hardly envision is here: our final field project presentations. For us, this really marks the end of our “careers” as MBA students and re-initiates our status among the workforce. Most of us could hardly picture what this moment would look like last September, let alone in May when we were selected for our field projects!

My group presented our final project in London on July 18, and the moment that I finished speaking was bittersweet. On the one hand, I felt a huge sense of relief knowing that I was done and everything had gone well, but on the other hand, I realized that that was it for my MBA. Everything I had been working towards for most of the year had culminated in this last hour, and even though I was anticipating this for many weeks, it still felt very surreal. The entire field project presentation process was about what I expected it to be (one room, many chairs, big projector screen), and despite the fact that I was terribly nervous before we started speaking, I actually felt pretty comfortable when I was presenting. Our project was well-received by the management board, and my teammates and I could not have been more pleased with how things turned out. My group and I had a really enjoyable experience throughout the field project, and we could not have asked for a better way to end our MBA experience.

Now that most groups are wrapping up their field projects, we are faced with the difficult task of bidding farewell to our year in Paris and all of the friends we’ve made along the way. For some classmates this means staying in Paris or other parts of Europe, but for many this means going back home or onto a new city outside of Europe. In some respects, saying goodbye to friends and this experience is more challenging than the actual field project! I think we all feel ready for this next chapter to begin, however, and we are eagerly anticipating what the next year will bring. And it’s nice to know that we have friends we can visit across the globe!

Congrats ESSEC MBA Luxe Class of 2014!!