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Frenchonomics, France and Competitiveness : the Trainee Syndrome

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Most companies, in most countries, use unexperienced workforce, basically the way a forest grows, adapts and stays strong from new seeds and small trees. Some businesses do so, because it’s cheaper, or because they have to, like when the rookie is a boss’s child, when the law says you must hire young and labour, or where male chauvinistic executives like when a lovely female youngster goes to the coffee machine and/or xerox room for them. But the French have Frenchonomics (and “Grandes Ecoles”, and the French, and lots of other specifics …). They do it (whatever it may be) their own, quite different, French way. And they love ‘Trainees”.

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First, one must remember, that most French students waste their school time twitting and/or studying useless things, because as high school and university are basically free, nobody cares about what is taught, or not, and what is learnt, or not, provided young people take and pass some exams sometimes. Therefore, their only chance to learn some things that have a chance to be useful at some later stage of their working life (if any, but this is another chapter) is by spending some time within professional organizations.

Ecole Crédit dessin : © Tom

Crédit dessin : © Tom

Second, one must recognize, the French are sometimes very clever. Knowing their schooling system is insane, they have created all kinds of legal obligations to hire young people at bargain prices, and tax loopholes (which is vital in France, but this is in another chapter) for companies using trainees for coffee, xerox, or whatever works nobody wants to do in the organization, be it a real company, a charity, or an administrative whatever they may have in France.

stagiaire Crédits : Ray Clid

Crédit dessin : © Ray Clid / Bakchich

Third, one must admit, the young French are clever enough to try and survive in a hostile environment. Most of those who can’t get a diploma from one of those French graduate schools whereby you can become a civil servant forever with special benefits for retirement and no obligation whatsoever to either really work, or somehow succeed in what you do, to get promoted (which is specific to France, some family businesses and a few surviving communist paradises), try to get summer jobs (in French : “stage”) or other kinds of semi-real work with really semi-wages.

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Last, but not least, as there are fewer and fewer real jobs in France, as companies are less and less profitable (unless they are either B to G, or less and less French, but this is another chapter), and as people between 30 and 80 stick to their seats as if they could die, lose their pension, or worse, no longer be entitled to free lunches with “café gourmand” and company cars with leather seats in case they leave their office to go to the coffee machine or try to change jobs, nobody moves, like in duels in cow-boy movies, and young people between 20 and 50 have no choice but be trainees unless they can get unemployment benefits or escape to another country.

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The result is, not surprisingly, that most French companies, and most other French more or less public bodies and administrations involved in the global, economic war, consist basically of trainees, and a few graduates, most of whom have never really worked either.

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Some French trainees make it to the top of some French business, just before standard retirement age, without ever having had a real working experience before (but not all, fortunately enough), but they do the job.

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Most don’t make it to the real top, not even the top (or the bottom, for that matter) of normal enterprises, but some manage to reach French standard retirement age without having really worked at all, but with all kinds of fringe and retirement benefits.

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Some trainees have a good, cool job, and they do it with a smile.

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Some try and do a very, very hard job, under heavy pressure, and smile as they can, their own, different way.

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But most long term trainees are just … long term trainees, which may at least partly explain why many French companies have experienced some difficulties (in French “sont à la traîne, voire à la ramasse”, compared to their German, Asian or American competitors to mention only a few, in France and the rest of the world.

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The good news, for investors in Paris, or elsewhere in France, is that they still can hire real, experienced, English speaking, high flyers, provided they are ready to pay the price (and fringes, and taxes, and housing, and fooding).

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Otherwise, French trainees between 20 and 80 can try and do the job(s), but most have little experience with foreign languages, are not used to hard … training, and have seldom practiced normal competition with money involved …

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Renaud Favier – February, 26th (Paris Time), 2013  – Café du matin à Paris

Small Café 2013

 

In spite of all, 2013 is worth it : http://bonneannee2013.wordpress.com/

Some additional e-reading may be needed about XXIst century (or so they believe) artists, politicians, world, Europe, Euro-nomics, Euro-Fatcats, Eurocrats, France, Paris, the options for future Competitiveness in France in spite of all reports, elections, airports, funerals and funerals of reports, snowfalls or protests …
… about French Economics, French Politics, French Wine, French Climate, French Changes and other sad issues that may be of interest, even if of little importance for the real XXIst century in the real(istic) world.
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RIP, Neil #Armstrong, Forever First Man on the Moon

Maybe you could have found a cheaper way to go swimming at sea, summer 1969.

Maybe you didn’t need to go that far to find a quiet beach, at that time.

Maybe you could have gone dancing with friends to a closer place, then.

Maybe you should have worn nicer shoes for worldwide television, this day.

Maybe you should have left the place as clean as you had found it in July.

Maybe not. Maybe you did the right choice and said the right thing.

Maybe you could have created a startup rather than joining government.

Maybe you could have played basket ball a more standard way.

Maybe you could have had a less controversial boss.

Maybe you could have been a better “chef” yourself.

Maybe not. Maybe you went the best way and did the best thing.
What is for sure is that, now you can report mission Apollo 11 to Kennedy.
What is for sure, is that you are up there forever, now.
What is for sure, is that you have a nice place under the sun, with a view, now.
What is for sure is that you flew safely back home and won’t ever walk alone.
Good bye, Sir.
Please keep an eye on us, on the US, on earth …
Renaud Favier – August 26th, 2012

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Good (War)Game(s), #London2012 ! Merci, Madam #Queen #England #UK #OlympicBritain

Not that praising the Brits be my pleasure, especially as they cheated France a couple of time, but great games, with talent, energy and a little bit of Madness. Bravo and thank you @ everybody. Bravo and thank @ London. Bravo and merci, Madam. (Please, click on the hereabove picture for the debriefing of the games, and on the hereunder image for more praising of Great, Olympic Britain, which is as reliable as ever, both as a great friend and as a great … match).

Anyway, Olympics are as good as holiday and watching TV on the sofa with a cool beer or singing old anthems in a stadium or the streets, but it’s time to go back to real competition #InRealLife, now (please click on picture to download & read the free eBook) if you want to be able to pay the rent and to afford a German car made in Britain (or Germany, but those are much less fun, much more German).

RF, August 13th, 2012

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First Things First, even in #Paris #France #French ! Please Read (Free) n°3 before n°4 (Soon to Come)