Devopam Dasgupta on student life

6:30pm, Wednesday, the 15th of April 2020

In his words

Dear students (current and future), a lot of you have been reaching out to me since my first live session. Thank you for your trust. However, I am a bit alarmed as well to see that a lot of you have very little idea of what's coming your way once you reach in France (mostly Paris), and how do you find a job/internship (more like what do you need to do you in order to find one) in the French market. So we'll be doing another session on Wednesday, 6:30 pm where we'll cover a lot of things you need to know/we did not know before jumping into the water. Many of those will be my personal learnings and "jugaads". It’ll be a long session, possibly beyond an hour. So kindly be patient.
Here's the brief outline of the upcoming session (we’ll be beginning with the most relevant topic as of now)
Corona Situation and affected groups -
  • Thinking of coming to France/Already Selected for September Intake/Looking for job opportunities - What to do?
What do I need to know before coming to France -
  • What do I bring with me?
  • Scams, Scams, and Scams of Paris (possibly in other cities as well) - what to avoid.
  • Booking of accommodation
  • Official paperwork - OFII, Bank Account, Accommodation Insurance, Social Security Number, CAF.(if you’re planning to come to France, you should be knowing these abbreviations)
What do I need to keep in mind while finding an internship/job -
  • Recruitment Process in Europe - How different it is from India.
  • Preparing your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile.
  • Importance of Google and YouTube.
  • French language requirements - how to overcome the hurdle
  • Searching for opportunities & cracking them - the three stages of every application.
  • Networking - what does it mean and how to do it
If I’m missing any point, you can either message me or write down your concerns in the comments section. While I can not guarantee that I’ll be able to address all of them to your satisfaction (considering that this video will be just out of my personal experiences), I’ll definitely try my best to guide you. Thank you, and see you on Wednesday, 6:30pm Paris Time.

Author : Sourav Choudhury

Sourav Choudhury is a social entrepreneur living in France since 2003 and working for the cause of Indian community of France, since 2007. He is founder of multiple projects: the largest social network of the Indian community of France, a French language school for english speaking expatriates, this website, and few other projects.