On the 1st of December, IAS organized a first event for the trainees of the 2017–2018 IAS Annual Master Program to meet their sponsor. This evening focused on a speech by Mr Patrick FARDEAU, who presented his career path and his various jobs within Dassault Systèmes, which he joined in 2010.
Now Vice-President Global Sales and Market Development, Aerospace & Defence, he shared his perception of his sponsoring role: ‘A mentor is a person who, alongside the parents, provides children with support, advice and direction, while being less emotionally involved. Up to a certain point, this applies here as well, with IAS playing a parenting role to the students in a relatively restricted and regulated environment. The mentor, or sponsor as you call him, steps in at the students’ request, on more professional topics, based upon his experience and his adventures in the companies he worked for. This is my perception of my role, and as such, my experience covering 30 years within four different companies in highly international environments, including a fairly long period at IBM, some time in a startup and now some years in a startup that made it, are rewarding life stages which I will be pleased to share with you.’