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The Greater Paris, a question of territorial strategy

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Portrait by Hugues PIAZZA on November 15, 2014

In November, In Situ went to meet Lisa, a 2009 graduate of the Master's degree in Territorial and Urban Strategies, who is currently in charge of International Relations and was formerly in charge of the Greater Paris mission at the General Services Department of the City of Clichy-la-Garenne (92).

Before arriving in France, Lisa went to school in Germany in Berlin. Naturally, she decided to do her Sciences Po university college at the Franco-German European campus in Nancy. She describes these two years as "brilliant". A year in Istanbul, between sociology and Turkish history, will complete the University College.
Lisa then joined the STU Master's programme, attracted by the study of the city in all its complexity and with the impression that the local is something that has an impact. In 2009, Lisa did her end-of-study internship at the Agence nouvelle des solidarités actives, an association created in 2006 by Martin Hirsch, which experiments and evaluates innovative programmes to fight poverty. She will have two missions: on the one hand to accompany the General Council of Meurthe et Moselle in the implementation of the Active Solidarity Income and on the other hand to participate in the European project "Hope in stations". It was a very enriching experience both in terms of confronting the administration and also in terms of the autonomy given in the context of a large-scale European project with many interlocutors.
Lisa then went on to work with the public. She started working in a political group at the National Assembly. Between notes, monitoring, working groups and drafting amendments, Lisa learnt to work very quickly and acquired legal skills. However, she lacks the notion of project that she loves so much. She decided to reorient herself in a local structure closer to home, i.e. in her town of Clichy-la-Garenne. She joined the town hall as Administrative Manager of the Mayor's office. She manages his agenda, assists him and, above all, acts as a link with the elected representatives and the departments. It is a job that requires a lot of coordination, dynamism and involvement.
However, Lisa would like to return to what she loves, the project dimension within a framework of territorial strategies. What could be better than Greater Paris? Lisa became a Greater Paris project manager. It's a cross-cutting position that involves governance, housing, transport, and a demonstrated ability to coordinate the various players. According to Lisa, it is a real territorial and urban strategy project that raises many questions: What is a territory? To which territory do we want to belong? These are fascinating questions that create synergies between departments.

Recently, Lisa became the International Relations Officer. A new challenge that will take her, not without pleasure, to Germany since Clichy-la-Garenne is twinned with the German town of Heidenheim. She is also preparing for the local government attaché competition.

Lisa's advice

  • You should not be afraid of change in your professional life. If you have confidence in your network (Alumni and In Situ) and your training, you can easily bounce back.
  • Do not skip the step: "What do I want to do in my professional life? You have to be careful with the orientation crisis and think about what you want to do.
  • Sell yourself well at interviews and in general in your professional life.

A big thank you to Lisa for giving us some of her time.

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