With the various tools and activities designed to support professionals to reach their career goals, Head of Employer Engagement APAC/MENA - Henrik Jonson who is based at the INSEAD Middle East campus breaks down what INSEAD Executive MBA participants can expect from the Career Development Centre to maximise their professional opportunities during and after the programme.
Taking place each July, participants from the GEMBA Asia, Middle East and Europe section join together with other Executive Degree participants to complete their electives. The elective courses offer GEMBA participants the opportunity to to delve deeper into their topics of interest as they continue to expand and strengthen their global network.
Besides being indisputably a leader in executive formation, INSEAD provides the opportunity to complement my professional experience with knowledge acquired in the classroom and apply this skillset in real-time practical projects.
INSEAD’s leading Global Executive MBA programme (GEMBA) offers an unparalleled experience for senior executives looking to hone their general management skills with a focus on developing a unique leadership style that helps enable careers to progress further. The programme is delivered in a modular format across three fully integrated campuses: Europe (France), Asia (Singapore) and the Middle East (UAE) allowing participants to learn from each other and build a close-kint yet globally distributed network.
I’m now in the second half of my Executive MBA journey at INSEAD. Since the month of July, we have been leveraging the learnings gained from the core modules.
I am now four months into this life-changing experience that is the Global Executive MBA (GEMBA), and with the constantly changing landscape in the world because of the COVID-19 pandemic, each module has been an experience on its own, challenging our capacity to adapt. Nevertheless, a common denominator emerged from this situation: an intense feeling of camaraderie amongst the cohort.
It has been five months into a unique GEMBA Journey in the period of a pandemic and every day has been thoroughly exciting and challenging. My motivations for embarking on this journey, as stated here, were clear. I have completed two modules so far and I can say without any equivocation that I couldn’t have made a better choice in my life.
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”.
Why would I pursue an Executive MBA during the COVID-19 crisis? Well, not only was I convinced that this is the best time for me to follow such a life-changing experience, but actually the pandemic was the catalyst of my decision.
My INSEAD dream was a like a seed planted two years ago in 2018 by one of my former managers who was himself part of the Executive MBA (EMBA) Class of 2018. The seed he planted was watered by a personal desire to acquire knowledge to fix complex situations in life; nurtured by a passion to make an impact in a world full of challenges. It was later fertilised by an unusual COVID-19 pandemic and now turned into a fruit of admission and I am thoroughly excited about it. How did the INSEAD dream start?