As my INSEAD journey continues, I have recognised that I really like how dynamic the classes are. At school, we learn from a variety of activities - not only the lectures or methodology, but how to apply them in teams and in business.The faculty encourages us to do reflections after class, which is an efficient way to remember the courses and to improve oneself. In this video, you will see examples of our Strategy and Organisational Behaviour courses. Enjoy :)
A good Egyptian friend once told me, if you want to learn how to build cities from scratch, go to the UAE. Having spent the last two months in the Abu Dhabi campus, I couldn’t agree more. Geographically, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) might be as far as possible from Peru and I had previously never set foot in the MENA region (Middle East and Northern Africa). The possibility of spending a period there (January and February) seemed like the right opportunity to explore. Cultural Understanding
Do you really learn anything in an MBA? One of my primary motivations for pursuing an MBA was to fill in gaps in my economics background, specifically my limited knowledge of finance and accounting. As I researched MBA programmes and MBA culture over the past few years, however, I grew a bit sceptical of how much actual learning would occur, relative to the priorities of networking and recruiting.
I am a minority at INSEAD. Coming in, I had never taken a business or quantitative degree – ever! Even though I had already braced myself for a challenge when I decided to apply, I still found myself initially overwhelmed in the first couple of weeks of classes. I was sitting in finance class with CFA-certified colleagues and computing regression models with engineers!
The 19Js are going into recruitment season, the 19Ds are preparing for their internships, and the very air on campus is tense but buzzing. I feel this is the right time to write about asking for and offering help – a critical part of the essence of INSEAD. “How do you randomly reach out to people and ask them for advice? It isn’t that easy after all, right?” a prospective candidate rhetorically asked me at a recent INSEAD admissions event. The thing is though, it is that easy; and INSEAD makes it easier still.
I had the privilege of visiting some of Indonesia’s most exciting tech firms over the weekend of 1-2 Feb during the Jakarta Trek organised by the INSEAD Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Club. While I had often heard about Southeast Asia as a rapidly emerging market, this visit was eye-opening for me as I witnessed it in a very concrete way.
When I came to INSEAD, I had a notion that given the short time span of 10 months and the pace of things here, it would be almost impossible to establish any kind of bonds or friendships here. Four months and two periods later, I am so happy with the fact that how terribly wrong I was.
When I joined consulting in January 2016, I was told to 'make My own McKinsey.' Which not only meant that the next months and years to come could be anything I wanted, but also that it was ultimately me, who was responsible for making this 'anything' happen. It was up to me to create the experience I wanted and to enjoy it.
If you ask any INSEAD student what he or she is missing most, the answer is most likely going to be "more time". Way before I stepped on campus, I heard about the extreme intensity of the program and how you have to prioritise from day one.
Dear All, I am in love, once again. This time, it's Chicago. By now you might wonder whether I fall in love with every city I move to, and indeed, there is a pattern. It's a family thing. However, in self-defense, I have to say that I am picking very lovely cities. It's hard to resist the charm of Zurich, the paradise feel of Singapore, the beauty of Moscow or, the vividness of Chicago. And I have to admit, there are also cities which I moved to and realised quickly that they are not a fit for me. So, what's so wonderful this time?