Charles Rollet, 1st year engineering student
To help you see more clearly the training offer proposed by ENSAE Paris, students share their experience.
1. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO ENROLL AT ENSAE PARIS?
To learn. Every student who embarks on the adventure of a preparatory class has a strong curiosity. When I came to ENSAE, I knew that I could continue to learn, but not only that. I knew that I could learn useful and essential technical skills to understand the world around me and to evolve constantly and rapidly. With the rise of the web, the still undefined possibilities of machine learning and artificial intelligence, or the use of data, I knew that ENSAE would allow me to create an ambitious, optimal and automated project, by myself and by myself. Aware of what ENSAE could bring me in terms of substance, the school also allows me to create bridges to join trainings able to link these skills with the form. ENSAE is therefore an extremely complete and prestigious school.
2. WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THE ENSAE PARIS TRAINING? IF SO, FOR WHAT REASONS?
I would recommend the ENSAE Paris program because it is complete, demanding and progressive:
- Complete because each student learns different computer languages, from Python to SQL, or even R. Complete because the mathematics developed is directly applicable to other disciplines such as programming or economics. Complete because it allows you to manage each step of a demanding and enterprising project.
- Demanding because ENSAE is a school where, it is true, the pace of work remains quite intense. Demanding because precision is our maxim. Demanding while being benevolent.
- Progressive because the students admitted from the economic track are gradually mixed with those admitted from the scientific track. Progressive because the first year, which is rather general, opens different doors, all of which are accessible. Progressive also because ENSAE is a perfect way to link the theoretical knowledge acquired in the preparatory classes to the professional world.
3. WHAT IS A TYPICAL WEEK LIKE FOR AN ENSAE STUDENT?
I would like to emphasize that every week we have Monday and Thursday afternoons free to do sports, go to exhibitions or any other type of leisure activity. As far as the courses are concerned, ENSAE adopts a pedagogical approach that combines lectures in amphitheater and supervised work in small groups, most of the time supervised by very accessible and benevolent PhD students. Even if we have a large number of hours of classes, this has the merit of offering us a week that is full and intellectually rich. Thursday evening remains the essential meeting point of the week with the later closing of the school's bar called KF&T. Finally, the weekend is often devoted to going to Paris to visit the city of lights and to work on the courses.
4. ARE YOU OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN PART OF A STUDENT ASSOCIATION AT THE SCHOOL? IF SO, WHAT WAS YOUR ROLE AND WHAT DID YOU GET OUT OF THE EXPERIENCE?
Convinced that involvement in associations is as important as academic commitment, I am Vice-President of the BDE (Students Office), administrator of the Junior Entreprise of ENSAE Paris and representative of the first year students. These three very different roles allow me to participate in the animation of the student life of ENSAE, to have a professional approach that perfectly complements the theoretical approach of the courses and finally a strong link with the school management. ENSAE is a small school in terms of size, but this has the advantage of being able to get involved in several associations! There are about thirty associations for about 120 students, so there is bound to be what you are looking for.
5. IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT ARE THE THREE STRONG POINTS OF ENSAE PARIS?
The first strong point of ENSAE Paris is its excellent integration into the job market and its exit salary, one of the best in France for tuition fees well below the market. The school's openness to the international scene with numerous partnerships with the most prestigious universities such as Harvard, Columbia and Berkeley, as well as in France with the double-diploma programs in collaboration with HEC, ESSEC, ESCP and Sciences Po Paris, constitute a second strong point of ENSAE. The third strength of the school is its multicultural approach, both in terms of the profiles recruited (BL, ECS, MP/MP*, PC/PC*, PSI/PSI*, academics) and the contribution of international students.
6. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THOSE WHO ARE STILL WONDERING ABOUT THEIR ORIENTATION AND ARE NOW IN THE ECS PREPARATORY PROGRAM?
The ECS, the most beautiful of the preparatory courses, is anything but incompatible with the ENSAE if you want to use mathematics not only to rank individuals, but also to have an impact on the world around us. In order to allow everyone to start with the same level, ENSAE has set up a special first semester for ECS students to allow us to deepen a few points in mathematics that are essential for the rest of the engineering training. The ability to synthesize that we develop in ECS will be just as indispensable for understanding the economics courses.