What is a Junior Enterprise? – Fat business

What is a Junior Enterprise? Why should you join this flagship association found in all French Grandes Ecoles? We answer all your questions about this growing student movement.

What is a Junior Enterprise?

A Junior-Enterprise, also known as JE, is a student association that is present at business schools but also engineering schools or universities. The goal is to enable students to become more professional, either by leading this association or by performing tasks for professionals.

Junior-Enterprises actually enter into contracts with large companies, start-ups or SMEs to support them on very different topics. Some specialize in the financial world, others perform auditing tasks, while some support product launches by analyzing customer feedback.

At SKEMA Conseil, for example, the areas of expertise are quite broad. They range from enhancing the customer experience, to communication, through brand image or even the employee experience. SKEMA Junior-Enterprise has also worked with big names such as SNCF Réseau, Coca-Cola, Decathlon and GRDF. The SCHEME Council even carried out a mission for Le Grand Débat National, an initiative launched by Emmanuel Macron.

Be careful, it takes time to create a Junior Enterprise. It is actually necessary to obtain different grades to obtain the JE mark. In short, the creation of a JE requires several criteria. The grade is never final, it can be downgraded to Junior-Initiative if it no longer meets certain criteria.

Also read: Junior-Enterprises, a committed movement

The history of junior companies in France

The very first Junior-Enterprise was born in 1967 at a business school: ESSEC. It is also today the largest JE in France and Europe. ESSEC Junior-Enterprise generates a turnover of 1.8 million euros per year. Its president therefore heads a real SME. The birth of ESSEC Junior-Enterprise has its origins in the students’ desire to complete their courses, which were too theoretical for their liking.

In 1969 was born CNJE, National Confederation of Junior-Enterprises, the organization that unites and develops what is the largest student movement in France. This body set up the award for excellence in 1987. It was only 30 years later that the CNJE was able to benefit from the apprenticeship tax.

Also read: Emilie Paris looks back on her presidency at the CNJE

Why sign up for a Junior Enterprise?

Why integrate a Junior Enterprise? Simply because it is a highly professional experience that makes the difference in the job market. Some presidents have to administer JEs whose turnover exceeds one million euros.

In addition to leading Junior Enterprises, those who carry out missions for JE clients can also demonstrate their skills and experience to recruiters. Today, a Junior-Enterprise can work with very large groups that are attracted by the flexibility and talent of Grandes Ecoles graduates. In addition, the operation of JEs is sometimes close to that of consulting firms. Participating in a Junior Enterprise can be the ideal springboard to work in this universe.

Finally, in business schools and engineering schools, those who are asked to carry out missions and help Junior Enterprises can sometimes receive remuneration for their work. This can be a boost to finance your daily expenses.

Also read: EDHEC Junior Studies: from association to company

For large groups, do they call Junior-Enterprises?

From start-ups to large groups, everyone is running Junior-Enterprises. In fact, the SKEMA Conseil works just as well with start-ups (Filolab, Dej Box, etc.) as with SMEs or public service actors, a proof that students from Grandes Ecoles and universities attract all types of companies. But what can seduce them?

It is above all the flexibility, the speed, but also the fresh eyes of the students in Junior-Enterprise that interest the large groups, as Alain Charmeau, former CEO of ArianeGroup, testifies to CNJE: ” We work more and more with students, Junior-Enterprises, because you bring us new ways of working, new competencies that are not yet in the company, but also freshness, will, dynamism. »

In addition, large groups appreciate that students can sometimes achieve much better results than the employees in the said group. Jérôme Cruciani, Marketing Director of Airbus Interiors Services, was amazed at the work of the members of TBS Junior-Enterprise: ” ESCadrille was able to conduct a complex study with 800 people in 4 countries, based on its network of partners abroad (…). The ESCadrille team was very approachable and showed adaptability and coordinated the investigation from A to Z (…). A real plus for AIRBUS INTERIORS SERVICES. »

How to integrate a Junior Enterprise?

The operation of Junior-Enterprises depends on the school in which you are a student. In fact, at HEC Paris, for example, you have to sign up to become a member of the HEC Junior Council. At other schools, a simple interview is enough. Finally, depending on the requirements of the JE, you may need to confront yourself with an exercise, such as a case while recruiting in a consulting firm. Again, this will be the perfect preparation to work in this universe.

Also read: Meeting with the Presidents of the HEC Junior Council

Junior companies in business school

Here is the list of Junior Enterprises that you can find at your business school!

School Associations
audience Audencia Junior Consulting
BSB Burgundy Junior Counseling
EDHEC EDHEC Junior Studies
EM Normandy Normandy Junior Consulting
EM Strasbourg Europe Studies
emlyon emlyon junior counseling
ESC Clermont SEGMA
ESCP ESCP Junior Counseling
ESSEC Junior ESSEC Consulting
Excelia BS Excelia Junior Counseling
PEARL GEM Junior Advice
HEC HEC Junior Counseling
ICN ICN Junior Counseling
IMT-BS Sprint
KEDGE Burgundy AMS Consulting
KEDGE Marseille Mediterranean marketing
MBS MBS Junior Counseling
NEOMA Reims NEOMA Reims Consulting
NEOMA Rouen Alteo Consulting
Reindeer BS Brittany Council
SCSB Get Junior
Toulouse BS Squadron

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