An advantage of being in INSEAD’s December graduating class is the option to do a summer internship. It’s the chance to gain experience in an industry or topic you’ve never worked in before. My pre-INSEAD background was in public policy, so any internship was going to be a change of pace.
Find your own balance between being exploratory and focused.
The Personal Leadership Development Programme (PLDP) is designed to provide INSEAD MBA students with a new standard of excellence in self-awareness that will enhance their career success. The programme that runs parallel to the MBA consists of personal and interpersonal assessment tools, communication effectiveness, leadership skills development, as well as professional and peer-based feedback on experiential learning opportunities.
What does ambition mean to you? Do we define success the same for both men and women? In episode 4, we discuss how ambition doesn't favour any particular gender and how you can support gender initiatives in your career and leadership positions. INSEAD is committed to developing the next generation of global leaders who will change the world with initiatives such as the Force for Good Campaign and the INSEAD Gender Initiative. Find out what the next generation of leaders can do to facilitate women’s success in business? Joining us in Episode #4:
It's March already! Us 19D's are now exactly three months into our INSEAD year! It feels like the time has flown by, and yet we have already experienced so much it feels impossible that everything has been condensed into one quarter. It has been hectic for sure. We are like those friends who say they are always busy...except we actually are. P1 and P2 are known to have a particularly rigorous academic schedule, so we can't say we weren't warned. Even so, the timetable feels packed.
Time at INSEAD travels on its own continuum – moving with immense slowness through a Friday 5pm class yet flashing through a P1 break. As we celebrated the last of our period one exams four days ago, I was filled with overwhelming emotions that my INSEAD journey is one fifth over and one period closer to saying goodbye to classmates at graduation.
INSEAD has also encouraged me to become more entrepreneurial in my thinking – to go after the ideas I feel passionate about and pursue them.
I’ve learnt that leadership is sometimes about following, about knowing when to take a step back.
They say an MBA can help you change either function, industry or location; in my case, it was all three!
Reflecting on my INSEAD experience so far on my last day in Kampala, Uganda, brings a fresh perspective on what was and what could have been. A lot has happened in the past seven months, and as the recruitment drive moves into full swing for the majority of my class it’s only fair to look back on the academic journey and share some thoughts for prospective students. Nostalgia is at the door but it isn’t time to open it yet!