The title of this article is quoted from one GEMBA alumnus in a conversation we had over zoom prior to the start of the GEMBA programme in a networking session during the daunting lockdown periods in 2020. I vividly remember his exact words: As much as I will tell you, it’s difficult to do justice to the experience you’d undergo in the electives during your GEMBA journey; it’s the gemstone of the programme.
Five months into INSEAD GEMBA programme, I have been challenged from all aspects: academically, socially, personally, and professionally – all in terms of pushing me out my comfort zone and breaking those limiting boundaries. Things like managing priorities, researching, managing self and group work, engaging with wider audiences, looking inwards, and unlearning things that held me back are examples of enablers in this journey.
In spring of 2016, I created a folder in my personal files called “Project INSEAD” – which holds all what I need to know and do to apply for an MBA at INSEAD. With the momentum starting on building my application, it had to be halted mid-way for personal reasons, yet the idea of attaining my MBA never went away, in fact, it remained strong and engraved in my mind – as a component in a plan to achieve my career and personal aspirations.