After earning an MBA at INSEAD in 2013, alumnus Jed Ng embarked on an ambitious triple career switch – changing industry and country as well as his role. Today he heads up a successful angel syndicate along with a school for would-be investors seeking to set up their own shared enterprises.We sat down with Jed to find out how he did it and the role that INSEAD’s MBA programme has played in his success.
The Career Development Centre was very supportive in narrowing down my career options and eventually converging to consulting as best field for my profile and aspirations.
INSEAD helped me strengthen my leadership skills and taught me how to innovate in more ambiguous settings - attributes that are highly relevant in my venture building role.
INSEAD was my first choice because of its incredibly diverse student body, the one-year length of its MBA programme, the ability to study in both Singapore and in France, and of course its reputation for providing an outstanding, globally-focused education.
As one of the top EMBA programmes in the world, INSEAD’s Executive MBA participants go through a rigorous transformation process that redefines their leadership skills as well as their career aspirations. The career aspirations can be acceleration to a higher role in their organisation, transition to a new geography, functional area or industry, transition to entrepreneurship or an exploration of options. As you will see in our 2021 Employment report, there are a variety of outcomes, which reflects the varied aspirations of Executive MBA participants.
I first learned about FMB (Maio Biodiversity Foundation) – a non-profit organisation dedicated to the protection of local biodiversity and ecosystems in Maio, a small island in Cape Verde off the coast of West Africa – in our Organisational Behaviour (OB) class at INSEAD. FMB was also the focus of INSEAD Master Strategist Day in October 2021.
I wanted to position myself for an international role, develop leadership skills, build a diverse network of alumni, and better understand and explore my strengths and weaknesses.
It’s not just cutting-edge financial and accounting knowledge that participants gain on the INSEAD Executive Master in Finance (EMFin). INSEAD’s Career Development Centre (CDC) also supports EMFin participants with a wide array of powerful resources, helping them take their careers to new heights. We asked three INSEAD alumni to share their stories.
The professional world can easily be harsh. Having a strong purpose in the job you have makes you cope with it way easier and tackle challenges as they appear
In December 2019, when I was packing my bags to start my MBA at INSEAD and COVID-19 was still mostly unheard of, I would have never contemplated that by the following year, I would be starting a new role, in a new industry, and in a new geography after such an eventful and uncertain year. After graduating and obtaining my MBA in December 2020, I ultimately switched from Consulting in Brazil, to starting a new exciting chapter of my career in Investment Banking in London.