"After ten years in banking, I wanted to do something good enough to put my name on"

  • Samuel Maruta in Vietnam ©Samuel MarutaSamuel Maruta in Vietnam ©Samuel Maruta

After ten years in the banking industry, Sciences Po alumnus Samuel Maruta aspired to do something simpler, more fulfilling and more creative. In 2011, he co-founded Marou Chocolate, a trendy artisanal chocolate brand made in Vietnam and distributed all over the world. Interview.

In 2011, you co-founded Marou Chocolate, a trendy artisanal chocolate brand made in Vietnam and distributed all over the world. How did you come to start a chocolate-making business? Can you tell us broadly about your career path after Sciences Po?

"I wanted to make sure my skills were still up to date"

  • Megan Carroll on the Sciences Po campus in Paris ©Sciences PoMegan Carroll on the Sciences Po campus in Paris ©Sciences Po

After ten years with General Electric, Megan Carroll wanted to make sure her skills were up to date and relevant to the European market. In September, she enrolled in the one-year Master’s programme in Financial Regulation and Risk Management on the Sciences Po campus in Paris.

Before you enrolled at Sciences Po, you worked for several years at General Electric in the banking sector. Why did you decide to go back to university?

40% of Sciences Po graduates are recruited prior to graduation

  • Sciences Po Business Fair ©Claire-Lise HavetSciences Po Business Fair ©Claire-Lise Havet

On 30 September, over 350 professionals from many different sectors took part in the Sciences Po Business Fair, where they got to meet Sciences Po students and recruit some of them before they have graduated! Hear from students and recruiters at the 2016 Sciences Po Business Fair.

Career prospects at Sciences Po

Figures based on the 2015 employment survey of Sciences Po graduates

A programme for budding entrepreneurs

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he Sciences Po Entrepreneurship programme is open to all students who want to start a business or simply build their entrepreneurial skills.

At the end of this 5-step programme, a few students are selected to join the Sciences Po incubator and benefit from one year of support to launch their startup.

"The only truth for an entrepreneur is perseverance"

  • Entrepreneurs at the Sciences Po incubator ©Sciences PoEntrepreneurs at the Sciences Po incubator ©Sciences Po

Maxime Marzin, head of the Sciences Po business incubator, talked to us about the fantasies, setbacks and successes of the students he accompanies on the great adventure of entrepreneurship.

How does the Sciences Po incubator differ from those of other universities?

"My mentors told me "Be brave! Go for it!""

  • The class of 2016 on graduation day ©Suvaid YassinThe class of 2016 on graduation day ©Suvaid Yassin

Karim Goessinger has dual Egyptian and Austrian citizenship. In 2011, he watched the Egyptian revolution unfold from Paris where he was studying for a Master’s at Sciences Po. Having observed these events that changed Egyptian mentalities forever, Karim went back to Cairo after his Master’s and founded CILAS, the first Liberal Arts College in Egypt.

Why did you create a Liberal Arts College in Egypt?

Fancy a 3D-printed bra?

  • Claire Chabaud ©Sciences PoClaire Chabaud ©Sciences Po

Claire Chabaud, a Master of Economics and Business student at Sciences Po, has just won first prize in the Bpifrance #PitchTonInno awards for students with her partner Anastasia Ruiz, a fashion design student at ESMOD. Thanks to the €30,000 FrenchTech grant this has earned them, the students' project for made-to-measure 3D-printed lingerie will be able to see the light of day. We talked to Claire.

Where did you get the idea of creating 3D-printed lingerie?

"Entrepreneurship: why do young women hold back?"

  • Anne Boring ©Sciences PoAnne Boring ©Sciences Po

It's a fact: there are fewer female than male students involved in the start-ups incubated at Sciences Po. Economist Anne Boring specialises in gender inequality. She explains why young women may not feel legitimate enough to start a business and presents the initiatives Sciences Po is putting in place to help young women break the vicious circle of self-depreciation.

Why do young women seem to be more reluctant to start a business venture?

Anne Boring:

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