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Steve Tchuenté Kayo ’21

Master of Advanced Management

Corporate Strategy Consultant, IBM

I have always wanted to know what it would be like to study and work in an English-speaking country. Thanks to the Global Network for Advanced Management, I discovered the dual-degree MBA/MAM program between HEC Paris and Yale SOM. I was eager to push my boundaries and to meet and network with talented people from around the world. I couldn’t imagine myself doing an MBA program without being exposed to the United States.

The MAM program lets you build a customized, 10-month learning track based on your individual post-MBA goals. I wanted to enhance my knowledges in business strategy, STEM disciplines, and operations while also developing my leadership skills.

My classmates and I adapted quite quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we found safe ways to network and get to know each other. The Yale faculty has been very successful implementing a hybrid learning model. I was impressed by how well planned it was to deliver a great learning experience while also respecting safety protocols around the pandemic.

The Career Development Office staff have also been instrumental in enabling my smooth relocation from Paris to New Haven during this difficult time. With their help, I’ve been able to prepare for the MBA hiring season, network with targeted employers, and secure a full-time job post-MBA.

The electives I’ve taken at Yale have let me focus on the set of hard and soft skills that are essential in my career transition into strategy consulting. I needed a multidisciplinary approach, and I was able to find it by taking classes from different Yale schools.

The MAM program also provided me with several career networking opportunities during which I met with recruiters—global and regional—and refined my understanding of the U.S. MBA hiring market. Thanks to this, I learned more about what type of work environment I want post-MBA, and more importantly which type I don’t want. I want to join a company whose values resonate with mine: authenticity, empathy, and inclusion.