François-Xavier Salmon - STU 2007 / INET 2010 - Technical Advisor to the Director General of Services of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Regional Council

Posted on | Alumni Portrait

During the trip to Lille in 2011, the students realized a "speed networking" in the morning. We found one of the portraits made!

"It was during my studies that I discovered that I really wanted to work in the public sector, in the service of the general interest.

I started my studies in business school, at ESSEC, where I followed the "Urban Economy" cycle. The specialization starts in the second year and combines management with knowledge of local development and local government service companies. During my studies and internships, I realized that what I really wanted to do was to work in a local authority. I entered Sciences Po with this in mind. I hesitated between the Science Po Urbanism cycle and STU, and found that STU corresponded better to my expectations.

I did my internship at the Paris City Hall, on their Agenda 21 project. My collective project was already for the Paris City Hall: a study on the economic and commercial impact of the southern Maréchaux tramway.

After graduating from STU, I took the Sciences Po administrative exams. After having passed and integrated the INET (Institut National des Etudes Territoriales) at the level of territorial administrator, I went 18 months in training, with some courses in common with the ENA. In our class, there were about as many externs as interns. The difference between an administrator and a territorial attaché is both in the difficulty of the exam (more tests, fewer places for the administrator exam) and in the position you get afterwards: the position of territorial attaché is also a position with a high level of responsibility, but generally on a more specific subject. But it is possible to evolve internally afterwards...

Are we well trained in "economic development" in STU? I would say yes, but perhaps more in the sense of "territorial strategy". Because when we talk about development of territories, or even when we make a diagnosis, we obviously take into account this aspect too.

Today, my mission with the DGS implies following a very large number of themes and requires a lot of investment. I work very closely with him, and must therefore take advantage of his availability, early in the morning or late at night. But it is very interesting. For my next missions, I would like to move more towards cities or inter-municipalities, in order to reconnect with my more "urban" background, and certain interests, such as the policies that some cities may have in terms of education...

Élisa Lelard - STU 2006 - Associate at Open Communities Consulting

Posted on February 23, 2017
Elisa is a pure product of the consulting world where she has spent her entire career. However, her career path has not been monotonous: between niche and ge...

Céline Terrier-Laurens - GTU 2005 - Olympic and Paralympic Project - Paris 2024 : Environment, Planning and Greater Paris Coordinator at the General Secretariat of the City of Paris

Posted on January 25, 2017
Céline is passionate about urban planning and architecture. Always oscillating between the strategic and the operational and having worked at different scale...

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