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Best MBA Jobs: HEC Paris MBA Lands Microsoft Customer Success Role

From no experience in tech to a leading MBA job at Microsoft—find out how the HEC Paris MBA transformed Jenny Huang’s career

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Wed Nov 4 2020

BusinessBecause

Lacking in confidence and unsure in which direction to take her career, the person Jenny Huang was before the HEC Paris MBA is a far cry from who she is today.

With no tech experience before she arrived on campus, the 2017 grad is now reveling in an MBA job with Microsoft. She’s the customer success manager for Workplace Analytics for Microsoft, in Seattle. 

Jenny is tasked with enabling Microsoft’s enterprise customers to leverage Workplace Analytics to better understand their employees’ work patterns and behaviors, to be more productive, and achieve better business results.

So, how did someone with no experience in tech end up working for one of the biggest technology companies in the world?


Start with the HEC Paris MBA

Jenny always had a plan to go abroad and pursue an advanced degree. After multiple conversations with friends she landed on an MBA: the helicopter view of business provided by the degree would open multiple career paths. 

HEC Paris prevailed as the school offered strong classroom diversity, a key part of Jenny’s MBA checklist. HEC Paris’ MBA class consists of 93% international students and 60 nationalities. 

When researching the MBA rankings, Jenny adds that the school consistently came out on top for return on investment. HEC Paris broke into the top 10 of the Financial Times’ Global MBA Ranking this year—graduates earn on average $164,529 three years after graduation, an increase of 133% on their pre-business school salaries. 

Then there was the curriculum, which played an important role in Jenny’s personal development. 


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How the HEC Paris MBA prepared Jenny for a career in tech

Before she joined the program, Jenny admits that she was lacking confidence. That changed when she got to business school. 

“Coming from Asia we are raised with the mindset to always be humble. The MBA really helped me with my self-awareness and confidence levels,” Jenny says. 

Two leadership modules pushed her out of her comfort zone and readied her to overcome the challenges she would meet at Microsoft. 

First, the program’s Off-campus Leadership Seminar led by experts from the French military placed Jenny and her classmates into an environment where they learn to lead a group in situations they’ve never encountered before. 

“We work together as a group to solve problems and overcome challenges in real situations. This really provided us an opportunity to practice what we’d learned in the classroom, as well as accelerate the bonding of our cohort,” Jenny says.

The MBA Tournament (MBAT)—or annual MBA ‘Olympics’—was another key stage in her personal development. The three-day event brought together more than 15 schools and 1,500 students. Jenny was part of the core organizing team—as the HR vice president she oversaw the event’s massive student workforce.

“I learned a lot about leadership, coordination, and conflict resolution through the MBAT, and this is definitely one of the highlights of my MBA.”

Constantly working together with peers in the classroom also broadened Jenny’s business acumen. She worked with professionals from HR, accounting, finance, tech, and marketing; she developed an understanding of the ins and outs of every business function. 


Read more HEC Paris stories:

Best MBA Jobs: Uber Hired Me After My MBA At HEC Paris

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Student Reviews

HEC Paris

Student

Verified

7/07/2022

On Campus

Cultural experience

I have met the most competent and diverse batch in this school. These people not only thrive on their own but also makes sure that you are doing it with them. The professors will take your had and walk you through all milestones and make sure you are not left behind. I have found their extracurriculars extremely engaging. There was always a room to have social life after academic life. The only hindrance is the location of the school, it is slightly outside city and living in city is expensive.

Sarah

Verified

18/03/2022

On Campus

Internationality and diversity of opportunities

About my programme I would say it is very international and flexible: we have the opportunity to choose exactly the courses we want. But at the same time, the frame of the campus is crucial in students' life and enable us to create friendships.

Student

Verified

29/10/2021

On Campus

Great selection of people

While HEC's MBA is highly selective, I really enjoy the type of people HEC's selects to make sure everybody gets the best out of their MBA experience and networking opportunities. Not only it's an incredibly diverse pool of people (~60 nationalities) but most importantly they make sure to let in friendly empathic and curious people.

Veronique

Verified

28/10/2021

Blended

Best in France for Grande ecole

A prestigious business school. Languages ​​are important. It is better to have a scientific baccalaureate with excellent grades in high school and good assessments. The courses are well designed as per the latest trends and practicality of learning in stressed upon. Overall, a very good experience.

Ghadi

Verified

11/06/2022

On Campus

Diversity and quality of fellow students

Very international and interesting place to be and opens a lot of opportunities, however the administration is very french and facilities are subpar (gym, classrooms) meaning the academic affairs is pretty much useless and lastly we are graded on a curve which can create a toxic environment because of the competition. With that being said the pros outweighs the cons by far.

Student

Verified

27/03/2022

On Campus

The quality of the teachers, the campus, the clubs

The school is very international indeed, we have courses with international students and share things with them within the extra academic life (in the social clubs especially). We have great career prospects if we prepare ourselves well - however, the global curriculum is still very finance-oriented, which is a pity for other interesting domains of the company world, which does not rely on finance only. The social clubs are good practice for the management and for now, are quite independent.

Lb

Verified

26/03/2022

On Campus

HEC Paris awaits you

HEC Paris is really a nice place to do a master's in business. Many classes are useful and interesting (corporate finance, financial accounting, contract law…), some are less - but the curriculum is to be reviewed in the year to come. Regarding the student life, it is incredible, with about 130 clubs, lots of great parties with even greater people. The Jouy campus offers a lot of opportunities to do sports, and you can breathe fresh air every day. HEC also helps a great deal to find an internship or a job.

Rajarshi

Verified

28/10/2021

Blended

A dream institute

Enrolling in the HEC MBA was by far the best decision I made for myself. The people and faculty are great, with lots of opportunities to meet people and expand your horizons. Very nice campus where I have had some good running sessions. The alumni network is superb and very helpful. It also has a good support system for entrepreneurs. Would definitely recommend it!

Student

Verified

19/10/2021

On Campus

Good choice for a career boost

The classes were extremely practical and relevant to the current challenges that businesses are facing. You have access to a wide range of professionals and good career prospects once you leave the university.

Student

Verified

7/07/2022

On Campus

Cultural experience

I have met the most competent and diverse batch in this school. These people not only thrive on their own but also makes sure that you are doing it with them. The professors will take your had and walk you through all milestones and make sure you are not left behind. I have found their extracurriculars extremely engaging. There was always a room to have social life after academic life. The only hindrance is the location of the school, it is slightly outside city and living in city is expensive.

Sarah

Verified

18/03/2022

On Campus

Internationality and diversity of opportunities

About my programme I would say it is very international and flexible: we have the opportunity to choose exactly the courses we want. But at the same time, the frame of the campus is crucial in students' life and enable us to create friendships.

Student

Verified

29/10/2021

On Campus

Great selection of people

While HEC's MBA is highly selective, I really enjoy the type of people HEC's selects to make sure everybody gets the best out of their MBA experience and networking opportunities. Not only it's an incredibly diverse pool of people (~60 nationalities) but most importantly they make sure to let in friendly empathic and curious people.

Veronique

Verified

28/10/2021

Blended

Best in France for Grande ecole

A prestigious business school. Languages ​​are important. It is better to have a scientific baccalaureate with excellent grades in high school and good assessments. The courses are well designed as per the latest trends and practicality of learning in stressed upon. Overall, a very good experience.

Ghadi

Verified

11/06/2022

On Campus

Diversity and quality of fellow students

Very international and interesting place to be and opens a lot of opportunities, however the administration is very french and facilities are subpar (gym, classrooms) meaning the academic affairs is pretty much useless and lastly we are graded on a curve which can create a toxic environment because of the competition. With that being said the pros outweighs the cons by far.

Student

Verified

27/03/2022

On Campus

The quality of the teachers, the campus, the clubs

The school is very international indeed, we have courses with international students and share things with them within the extra academic life (in the social clubs especially). We have great career prospects if we prepare ourselves well - however, the global curriculum is still very finance-oriented, which is a pity for other interesting domains of the company world, which does not rely on finance only. The social clubs are good practice for the management and for now, are quite independent.

Lb

Verified

26/03/2022

On Campus

HEC Paris awaits you

HEC Paris is really a nice place to do a master's in business. Many classes are useful and interesting (corporate finance, financial accounting, contract law…), some are less - but the curriculum is to be reviewed in the year to come. Regarding the student life, it is incredible, with about 130 clubs, lots of great parties with even greater people. The Jouy campus offers a lot of opportunities to do sports, and you can breathe fresh air every day. HEC also helps a great deal to find an internship or a job.

Rajarshi

Verified

28/10/2021

Blended

A dream institute

Enrolling in the HEC MBA was by far the best decision I made for myself. The people and faculty are great, with lots of opportunities to meet people and expand your horizons. Very nice campus where I have had some good running sessions. The alumni network is superb and very helpful. It also has a good support system for entrepreneurs. Would definitely recommend it!

Student

Verified

19/10/2021

On Campus

Good choice for a career boost

The classes were extremely practical and relevant to the current challenges that businesses are facing. You have access to a wide range of professionals and good career prospects once you leave the university.