The emlyon forever community in Mexico gathers about 70 alumni, with more than 50% of them located in the capital city of Mexico DF.
Alix-Anne Farque has been playing the role of emlyon forever ambassador for more than 5 years and regularly welcomes new alumna/us in the country.
emlyon business school has also developed partnerships with local universities enabling students from different programs to study abroad – Universidad de Las Americas in Mexico City, TEC de Monterrey, ITAM in Mexico City, IPADE Business School in Mexico City.
To get some insights on this country, we asked Alix a few questions:
What kind of advice would you give to a newcomer?
You need to get out there and try things out! It would be easier for you if you spoke a few words of Spanish in order to facilitate your integration within the local community. You have to be curious and want to discover the local culture; share some free time with your co-workers or your neighbors!
Something that should not be done…
Do not speak English; avoid criticizing everything; and do not get together with only French people!
What are the main areas of development in Mexico?
Several sectors of activity are booming: the startup ecosystem, financial sector, healthcare sector, energy industry – Pemex recently lost its monopoly opening the market to new actors; or tourism industry.
Any other ideas?
A new President has recently been elected on July 1st, 2018 - Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, from the left-wing party – who will take over the power on December 1st, 2018. These elections have been quite exceptional since they put a stop to the PRI party reign. The result of the elections may bring some profound changes in the leadership of the country in the coming years. Also, the country is going through a very doubtful period with the United States reconsidering NAFTA.
A piece of advice would be to go beyond what general media report about Mexico – drug trafficking, drugs and street gun fights. Mexico is a very large territory, as it represents three times the surface of France, with a great economic growth. Mexican people are serious workers, very optimistic and committed to their jobs. The country has many sides which can appeal to everyone: history, culture, colonial cities, beaches, mountains (highest mountain at 5 636m: Pic d'Orizaba), sports, many cultural holidays, family traditions…
One final word?
Come visit Mexico! People who have had the curiosity to discover the country, have done everything in their power to come back and get settled there. Mexico City is a great city to live in and the country was awarded #1 country by InterNations for woman expatriation! We will welcome you with open arms!