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Describe yourself in 3#   

What is your background and your role at Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France?  

I graduated from the Ecole Supérieure des Travaux Publics in 2020 as a Building Engineer with a Building Information Modeling option. I decided to complete my training with a degree in finance at EDHEC Business School (Ecole Des Hautes Etudes Commerciales du Nord).  
I am currently doing a work-study programme at Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France Habitat Social. I started as a trainee in the sales department where I followed and piloted the different operations according to the different modes of devolution and their development phases (drafting of technical briefs and closing meetings). I also contributed to the development of the commercial offer (CSR policy, creation of the coworking offer, preparation of oral presentations, etc.), as well as to the analysis of the territory, the territorial anchoring and the meetings with the different actors.   
Today I am an apprentice in price studies where I am in charge of the costing of operations. I am currently carrying out the transfer study for an operation that I followed in the trade.  
In two months' time, I'll be working as a project manager: this job bridges the gap between commerce and price studies, combining technical skills and project management. 
Working in these different positions allows me to discover the full range of the value chain in which Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France Habitat Social operates.  

Can you describe a typical day in your current job in the price studies department?   

My job starts after the kick-off meeting where the project manager presents the project and its particularities. After learning about the project, I start to put a figure on the services relating to the different lots of the separate trades.  
To do this, I have to consult external companies and exchange with the skills and price capitalisation unit within Habitat Social. At the end of each study, we hold a final meeting to capitalise on the work done and to discuss the proposed hypotheses. 
I am also responsible for costing the different variants to arrive at the most optimised price. 

What do you like most about your current job?   

My experience in sales has enabled me to get to know the expectations of Habitat Social's clients, which have become more concrete since my arrival in the price studies department. I like this job because it allows me to see the impact of my work on the success or otherwise of the commercial operation. The variants proposed are often a deciding factor; it's a real challenge every day!  
It's also a job where I gain confidence, as I improve my technical knowledge and I can see all the services of the separate trades. 
I can't wait to start learning about project management so that I can get a more global view of the different trades and discover how the different trades work together to form the final project.  

What are the qualities you need to have to succeed in your apprenticeship in price studies?    

You have to be rigorous, because it's often the small details that make the difference. Furthermore, being organised allows you to juggle from one batch to another. You also have to be ingenious in order to always be looking for new costing alternatives, and curiosity is essential in order to keep abreast of market developments and be as accurate as possible. 
What has the Bouygues Group done for you? 

The Bouygues Group has enabled me to build a personalised work-study programme that meets my expectations. 
The people I work with have always been open to all my suggestions and have encouraged my creativity. 

Do you have any advice for future trainees?  

Learning doesn't stop when you leave school. To progress, develop your skills and knowledge, you have to keep learning and reinventing yourself.  
And dare! Dare to leave your comfort zone! Every career is unique, you have to be an actor in your life and not a spectator! 

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