Still wondering what your plans will be once you graduate? Are you desperate to continue travelling the world? Maybe you have something in common with Caroline, a CEMS alumni from LSM. She decided to fly to Cambodia after graduating in September 2015 where she worked as a Marketing Intern during 6 months for Bodia Nature, a company producing and selling natural made in Cambodia cosmetics. We wanted to catch up with her to hear more about this incredible experience and what she learned from being part of the CEMS!
- What have been your most interesting projects so far at Bodia Nature?
At Bodia, a big part of my role is to manage the company’s digital strategy. My most interesting project so far has been to design a coherent digital strategy starting from scratch. Additionally, implementing this newly designed strategy every day and starting to see the first results is very exciting!
- What are the most positive aspects of your day-to-day job as well as the downsides?
Working in Cambodia is very enriching in so many ways. Since my arrival, I have been learning about the country’s history as well as political and economical context and I am observing how this influences day-to-day business. I am very independent and have the opportunity to travel within Cambodia and meet a lot of different people. On the other hand, working in a small company in Cambodia demands a lot of flexibility and, above all, a lot of patience. As it is still a very underdeveloped country a lot of things take more time to be accomplished.
- How did CEMS contribute to your professional development?
CEMS taught me not to be scared of the unknown, it taught me to take risks in my career and in my life. CEMS gave me a lot of confidence. I learned that I am in the driver seat of my career, I am the one that can make my dreams become reality.
- What are your best memories from your CEMS experience?
The best moments have always been the reunions. A friend coming back from Exchange, seeing somebody you met during a seminar at the career forum, … Meeting people is nice. But meeting them again after having been separated for a while is always the best! You get to share stories, see how the person has evolved since the last time you met and celebrate meeting again!
- Do you have any career advice for current CEMS students?
Choosing a career path can seem very difficult and stressful. I used to believe that I had to know exactly in which field I wanted to work in upon graduation be it marketing, finance or supply chain for example. This has proven not to be true, everybody is in constant evolution and change. My advice to CEMS students would be to not be afraid to take risks be it looking to work abroad, in a small start-up, in a highly notorious consulting company or in an NGO. You can always decide to change your mind afterwards.
Want to hear more about Caroline’s experience ? Access her Linkedin profile by clicking here.
Curious about Bodia Nature? Visit their website by clicking here.
- On 29 February 2016
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