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Describe yourself in 3#  
What is your background and your role at Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France?  
After completing a BTS MUC, I went to business school at EM Normandie in my third year. I then wanted to do a work-linked Master's degree in management control and that's where I discovered Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France. As far as my job is concerned, I am attached to the General Secretariat of Industrie et Equipements Publics in financial control and I am in charge of managing all the entity's overheads. 
What are the particularities of your current job?   
No two days are alike! Every day, I have a variety of tasks to perform. This can range from requests from the management, analyses to be done, calculating ratios and indicators for the management. It wasn't easy at first to get the hang of some of the software, but with rigour and pugnacity, I'm now having a great time in my job! 
Can you describe a typical day in your current job?   
There is no typical day, even if certain tasks come up every month, such as budget monitoring of overheads and the financial closing of my area. Also, every quarter, we carry out budget updates; these are budget reviews where we estimate our budgets for the year 2023, where we update our forecasts in particular thanks to meetings with the department directors to find out what they have planned to achieve during the year. Finally, I carry out many tasks related to the closing of the PPP (Public Private Partnership) perimeter. 
What do you like most about your current job?    
I have a lot of responsibility, especially thanks to my tutor who delegates many tasks to me. And what I like about numbers is that there are no different answers, there is only one answer and that requires you to be serious and rigorous.  
My motivation is boosted by feedback from my tutor or even from other people. When you hand in a file on which you have spent a lot of time, which requires a lot of attention and where mistakes can be easy, it is always motivating to get feedback and it makes you want to go further next time. 
In your opinion, what is the added value of learning?  
The main one is to be able to put into practice what I have learned at school. The alternating rhythm also allows me to be totally involved in my missions and to put my skills into practice. 
Apprenticeship is above all a first step into the world of work without actually being in it. It allows you not to be left to your own devices and to be supervised. As far as my experience is concerned, I was lucky enough to have a tutor who taught me things, who took the time to train me and above all who gave me feedback, both positive and negative.  
You have to avoid making mistakes, but you can make mistakes when you're an apprentice, and that means you won't make those mistakes again when you're on a permanent contract in a company; you're there to learn. 
What are the qualities needed to be a financial controller?     
To be a good financial controller, you have to be very serious, rigorous, and obviously know how to use Excel! You also have to be able to adapt to all the procedures and software, to respect them, and of course, love numbers! The job of financial controller requires a lot of concentration, so it's important to be able to focus on a task without losing focus. 
What has the Bouygues Group done for you? How did you find out about it and why did you agree to do your work placement here? 
I was contacted directly via LinkedIn by my future tutor. After talking to him, I wondered why I should join Bouygues, which I knew by name. When I spoke to people around me, everyone told me that the Group was a great company that offered opportunities for development, and I'm glad I listened to them, because I feel very comfortable there.  
The Bouygues Group has given me the chance to express myself and to develop my skills in the field of finance. I've also discovered the construction industry, which I really like; I'd like to be a financial controller on a site in order to discover the project mode, to understand the calculation of activity, to work on forecasts with the construction team and to monitor the progress of a site. 
Do you have any advice for future work experience students?   
Don't hesitate and don't be shy. A work-study programme allows you to see if you like a field or a job before being hired, while being supervised. So if you have the chance to do a work-study programme, you should take it!

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