THE VIE PROGRAMME

“ I wanted to travel - and found a new job as a bonus ”

A professional and personal adventure

The choice is there. And it isn’t an easy one. For students or recent graduates, the call to travel is urgent, but so is the desire to start their career once and for all. But what if you could do both?

The International Corporate Volunteer program, or VIE (Volontariat International en Entreprise), is your chance to embark upon an adventure, both personal and professional in equal measure, and discover a profession in a new country.

The Société Générale Group is the French company offering the most VIEs in France. Like Flora, Caroline, and many more, join our teams in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong… There’s a destination for every ambition!


The best path towards a permanent contract

A VIE mission offers you 6 to 24 highly formative months on an international team – an extremely high-value experience that can lead to a permanent contract either on-site or elsewhere!

“The VIE program gives you the chance to evolve both in positions and responsibilities.”

Flora, Brand and Partnerships Communication Officer

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • You must be a citizen of one of the Member States of the European Economic Area
  • You must be a non-native of the host country
  • You must have a Master’s 2 or be in your final postgraduate year
  • You must speak fluent English, be dynamic and have an open mind!
  • You must be between 18 and 28 years of age

WE’RE HIRING

  • Fixed Income Sales Assistant
  • Assistant Trader
  • IT Developer
  • Junior Auditor
  • Compliance Controller

Leaving and arriving on the best terms

The adventure begins, and you’re not alone. We know that the first days in a new culture and in a new job are critical. As soon as you walk in, everything is done to facilitate your arrival. The Group offers you logistical support, as Caroline attests:

“We get help opening a bank account and finding a place to live. We get excellent support.”

Integration into your new team is just as carefully prepared.

“The on-boarding in the UK is very well managed. On the first day, the HR team debriefs you all morning, then your immediate managers come to pick you up in person. You use the lunch break to get to know each other a little better before meeting the team and discovering the office. It was a very welcoming experience for me.”

Caroline, on her VIE in London.

215

VIEs in 2020

+39

countries
Best VIE recruiter in 2018*
*for the 4th year running, awarded by Business France.

85 %

recommend Societe Generale**
**Happy Trainee Survey of 1120 Interns, Work-Study Participants and VIEs

Closing remarks, by Caroline


“You quickly feel settled in, and I’d even say that it goes by pretty quickly. I learned a lot thanks to the training I got throughout my VIE. In the day-to-day, the Société Générale network becomes our second family. It’s a full, and very pleasant, immersion.”

RECRUITMENT PROCESS

01

APPLY FOR A VIE OFFER

After checking that you are fully eligible for VIE, send your application for an offer on our site.

02

ONLINE TESTS

If your application is been accepted by the recruitment teams, you will be asked to complete some online tests (English test, logic test and so on).

03

MANAGER INTERVIEW

Once you have passed your tests, you have an interview with the manager, often on Skype. It is a fit? Then you will be made an offer.

04

ADMINISTRATIVE FORMALITIES

The recruitment teams support you in your administrative formalities with Business France, the French agency for business development abroad that manages VIEs.

05

DEPART ON ASSIGNMENT

With your visa in your pocket (if required) and your contract signed, off you go on your assignment abroad, for integration into the Societe Generale teams!

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