Our Executive Master in Finance (EMFin) Class of 2022 participants started their first module recently from all over the world – on campus and online. We caught up with a few of them to find out how their first module worked out, what propelled them to embark on the EMFin amidst the COVID-19 climate and some advice they would share with people out there who are considering the EMFin programme.
The GEMBA has been an unforgettable experience so far. Recent times have made everything more challenging and at the same time more meaningful because all those previously trivial and taken-for-granted moments now become rare and valuable opportunities to create memorable stories and friendships. It has been four months since the official start of the programme, and I have somewhat gotten used to this high level of uncertainty and agility!
Self-isolation paints a scary picture during COVID times. For many, the thought of attending MBA classes via Zoom while being confined to a tiny room is a significant compromise to the campus experience, and potentially a nightmare. But having being thrown unexpectedly into this situation for two weeks, my perspective transformed.
“While we may come from different places and speak in different tongues, our hearts beat as one.” —Albus Dumbledore The obvious question many prospective candidates ask me is the impact of COVID-19, or more specifically online classes (for one month) during the MBA. The honest answer from my point of view is that it's not ideal but it is much better than I had initially expected. Faculty have adopted quickly to provide extremely engaging classes and non-traditional assignments such as games and simulation exercises.
Networking has always been an indispensable part of building a successful career. Despite some of the challenges that COVID-19 has thrust upon the world as we know it, it still remains just as important as ever. Networking hasn’t gone away – it’s simply changed a little. It’s vital for professionals to develop career agility and adapt to new challenges, while keeping a focus on expanding your networks in a safe but effective manner.
Learning in the New Normal takes places in many different forms: on campus, virtual or hybrid. Hear first-hand from the community on what the INSEAD experience is like in these extraordinary times.
Early on in my career, I had always dreamed about pursuing an MBA at a top-ranked university. INSEAD had always been on my radar, but over the course of my experience I became more interested in Finance rather than general management and wanted to continue growing my career within that field.
What is possible when you start to reimagine yourself and unleash your human potential? At the recent Professional Women's Network (PWN) Global Summit I gave a presentation on the topic "Navigating Careers in Turbulent Times", and I'd like to share some of my thoughts on this blog as well.
Joining the INSEAD Executive Masters in Finance (EMFin) programme marks a significant milestone for me. Despite embarking on my EMFin journey under the shadows of a global pandemic, the experience for Module 1 still turned out to be thoroughly enriching and satisfying.
By the third year of my undergraduate degree in Engineering, I knew I wanted to do business. I didn’t know what exactly business meant, but I did know that I found my internships in commercial and business development teams absolutely fascinating. So how would I make a switch from Mechanical Engineering to Business?