Aashree Kabra Vionnet - International Baccalaureate
Topic International Baccalaureate (IB)
Date April 4, 2017

International Baccalaureate (IB) with Aashree Kabra Vionnet

Aashree Kabra Vionnet, is a graduate of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program where she studied higher level, physics, math, economics and chemistry. As well as completing standard level English A1 and French A2.  After her IB, she studied engineering at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). Currently she is making a career for herself working for Proctor & Gamble, a multinational company working as the product development & launch leader for the Pantene brand.

"Focus on your strengths and not on your weaknesses-- find a path on which you can leverage your strengths you will spend a lot of time *correcting* your weaknesses but your strengths will help you excel naturally!”

What is the IB? —Sherrif

The IB stands for, the International Baccalaureate it is a high school diploma program, like the A levels, American High school diploma etc.

How hard is it to study physics? —Sarah

Physics is tough! At least it was for me- it really depends on how comfortable you are with it.

Is IB higher rated higher than A levels? —Rahul

No, they are different – depends on the universities.

Will the IB help me to get in a university in the USA? —Lina

IB – yes, it will also enable you to get credits – some people have gotten up to 1 year of credits.

What did you major in? —Isheen

I studied Micro-engineering with a specialisation in Techniques of Production.

Oh wow college credit! So are there scholarships for getting a high iB score? —Lina

No, I don’t know about scholarships. However, credits + scholarships are different.

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I am really curious about your Job Description. What exactly do you do as a 'Product Development and Launch Leader' at Pantene? —Isheen

So basically my marketing team comes up with a new idea on what they want to launch. I also, sit with people from different backgrounds who want different things and have different constraints and try to find a solution which works for everyone, finance the project and bringing the product out on time.

That sounds like a great job. My question is, do you think that IB helped you prepare for university? —Jagoda

International Baccalaureate definitely helped for university – I went to one of the toughest universities in Europe and the variety offered in IB helped a lot. We don’t realise it at the moment but the CAS and Extended Essay requirements of the IB are actually SUPER important.

Do you find it necessary to have a second language included in your CV? —Sara

Yes, I find it to be an absolute advantage!

I'm thinking of taking the International Baccalaureate course but most people here takes the A levels way. Which do you think I should take? —Yoke

International Baccalaureate is becoming more and more prominent the world- A levels are good for UK and Commonwealth countries but the IB is really awesome.

What uni did you attend? —Jagoda

I went to Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

You reached this far in your life and achieved lots of things can you share little bit about your journey thus far, where do you visualise yourself? —B Kiran

I grew up in Switzerland, when I did the IB I applied to the UK for university as well as in Switzerland. I deferred my acceptance in UK by 1 year to stay in Switzerland to get Swiss citizenship. I decided to go to EPFL – it is an extremely tough school – like most universities in Switzerland they accept everybody and then kick them out after 1st year if you dont pass. So I kept UK as a backup option – luckily I passed and stayed here.

Then I did 4 years of engineering after that, I found the alumni group from my university in Proctor & Gamble and asked them for an internship applied etc – and managed to get the internship as my masters project and hence started at P&G with an internship and have been here now for 6 years.

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Do you have any tips for HL maths? —Yamuna

Do billions of past papers!

I would have never thought that a degree in Microengineering would be need for your job position. I thought that degree in Business were required for such titles. —Isheen

Absolutely right – where engineering helps is teaching you to think and solve a problem and that’s the biggest lesson I learnt in both IB and Engineering and really that’s what I do all day now.

Topic International Baccalaureate (IB)
Date April 4, 2017