I am now in the heart of the programme. It’s already been four months since I started the Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) at INSEAD. Two modules have passed, we have already studied six different Core Courses and taken as many exams. Twenty years after I finished my studies, here I am again —a 45-year-old student! The first word that comes to mind when I think of these past few months and that perfectly sums up my impressions is “Diversity”.
The three months since Launch Week for the INSEAD MBA July’21 class have passed in a blink of an eye: 77 people across two sections in the Singapore campus - the smallest INSEAD cohort ever. It’s incredible to reflect on this amazing experience we’ve been on together since day one. As pioneers in the new hybrid learning environment, we’ve learned to be adaptive and flexible.
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What got you here will not be what gets you there. This is a resounding message throughout the MBA programme and it entails fundamentally changing the value that your skillset brings to the table.
It is perhaps a bit of a corny title for a blog post, yet it underscores one of the founding principles of INSEAD: a truly global community. When any Venezuelan first hears the word 'MBA', three institutions come to mind: IESA (Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración) in Venezuela, Harvard and Stanford in the United States.
The decision to attend business school carries a similar importance to the decision of who you want your partner to be for the rest of your life. You won’t go to multiple business schools, nor will you start at one to realise that you wanted to attend another. Now that I realise, it’s even more important than choosing your life partner, since 3.2 people in every 1,000 get divorced in the U.S. Wow. Choosing what business school to attend is a very important decision in your life.
“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then” – Lewis Caroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland It was 2AM, and I was lying in my bed in Dubai, perfectly content with life but hungry for change. Hungry for more. Contentment is a fickle friend and can lead to complacency.
From wanting to advance in their finance career to developing leadership skills, some of our EMFin participants share their motivations in pursuing the EMFin at INSEAD.