INSEAD is such a unique opportunity and community, so definitely use it to continue to meet new people and try new things.
Do not self-select yourself out of the process. You have what it takes to get into “The Business School of the World”. Don’t be afraid to share your authentic self through your stories.
It’s been a whole twelve months since I wrote about my first week at INSEAD. It turned out that a journal is a promise impossible to keep. :) I just landed in Stockholm, a city I had never visited before I decided to move here. The last twelve months were truly a whirlwind journey from Germany to France and then to Sweden.
This past summer, I had the unique experience of interning as an MBA Associate at Antler – a global early-stage VC focused on helping the earliest founders build new products and companies. While making the transition from a large corporate bank and into VC, here are the top five things I learned. Finding common ground between new and past experiences is critical to any career pivot
A lot of times I get asked if doing an MBA is worth it or what the ROI of an INSEAD MBA is. I always say "it depends" on what you're looking for in the short term vs long term. When I went to INSEAD in 2015, I invested EUR 63k on this experience. This was a HUGE financial investment for me as a 25-year old in India with no savings and no family funds to bank on.
Be mentally prepared to face the intensity of the programme as it is very intense, so that you can enjoy your experience and have fun as well.
The professors are very qualified and the material we are getting is eye-opening to new experiences which will help us better innovate in our professional life in the future.
Only a couple of weeks in, I applied for a leadership position at the Student Impact Fund. I also joined the Environment and Business Club. I met like-minded students equally passionate about impact, climate change and global issues.
At INSEAD, no two people have exactly the same background: you’re just as likely to meet someone having spent ten years in the army as you are to find a fashion designer who became a business entrepreneur.
Interning at Almouneer allowed me to learn how to scale up a business and how leadership, friendship, and persistence play the most crucial role when creating a company.