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How I found the perfect match between my studies and my internships

Carola Andrea Limone joined the MiM Global Economic Transformation & Technology after her bachelor’s degree from Bocconi. During her professional immersion year, Carola interned at BMW and Porsche. She tells us all about her experience.

Written on 20 May 2020.


 

 

WHAT IS YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND PRIOR TO EDHEC?

I began my education by attending a Liberal Arts high school in Italy. Before enrolling in the GETT Programme, I completed a Bachelor in Business Administration and Management at Bocconi University in Milan.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE EDHEC GETT PROGRAMME?

I decided to apply to the GETT Programme because it represented a great opportunity for my personal and professional development. It offered me the chance to immerse myself in three very different cultures and live in some of the most dynamic areas in the world while attending excellent universities and deepening my knowledge of technology and innovation, the business topics that interest me the most.

HOW HAS BEEN YOUR JOURNEY SO FAR ON THE GETT?

The two adjectives that best describe my journey on the GETT Programme are exciting and rewarding. Living, studying, and working in four different countries in less than two years has definitely been a challenge, but also an extremely fulfilling experience that has enriched me from an educational and personal point of view.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN SKILLS YOU ACQUIRED SO FAR AND FEEL WILL BE USEFUL IN YOUR CAREER?

My experience in the GETT Programme has offered me countless learning opportunities, thanks to the very interesting classes, the insightful events and visits, and also the journey itself.

I think that the most useful skill I have acquired during classes is the ability to negotiate, which has already proven to be helpful and I am sure will come in handy many times in my professional life. The other key skill I have developed is adaptability, which is essential for this volatile and fast-changing time, especially for someone who wants to build an international career.

WHERE DO YOU WORK AS AN INTERN? WHAT ARE YOUR MISSIONS? HOW DOES IT LINK TO THE KNOWLEDGE ACQUIRED OR THE GETT TRACK?

My first internship was at the BMW´s headquarters in Italy, while my current internship is at Porsche in Stuttgart (Germany). I am currently working with the Smart Mobility team, on an international project aimed at developing an innovative service that will consolidate Porsche´s position as one of the innovators in electro-mobility.

I am dealing with technology-related topics in a very dynamic and innovative environment, so my background has been extremely helpful for my everyday activities: from how to manage relations with different foreign markets to how to handle and overcome criticalities embedded in the subsequent phases of a project conceived from scratch.

Moreover, the knowledge acquired during my educational path has allowed me to join the team with the right mind-set and to appreciate how this project offers a strategic opportunity for the Company and is part of a new trend that is disrupting the automotive industry.

 

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