The INSEAD Executive Master in Change (EMC) is designed for HR professionals, coaches, consultants and business professionals who are seeking new ways to facilitate change and make a positive impact on their organisation.
I still remember receiving my acceptance phone call from INSEAD (Class of 19J). It felt like a large dose of dopamine being released in my brain. I murmured “thank you” a lot while stumbling over a chair trying to get out of the meeting I was in.
From the Point of the ignition to the final drive, The Point of journey is not to arrive. When I decided to do my MBA, with a bit of Google search and a few phone calls, I knew that INSEAD was the school I wanted to join. I am one of those few who applied only to INSEAD. Here's my INSEAD journey timeline: 21st April 2017 : GMAT day.
Talking to alumni before starting INSEAD, I was told that this year would be very intense. “The content of a full MBA programme is squeezed into ten months, but the intensity is not limited to the academic level”, they said. “You will meet plenty of amazing students, you will be taught by world-class professors and there will be great opportunities all over the place.” Several times, our discussions concluded with this unexpected piece of advice: “Sleep a lot before the programme begins, because you won’t have much time for that during your INSEAD year”.
I don’t see INSEAD’s MBA as a one-year programme. The real MBA journey starts long before you set foot on campus. In my case, the period before arriving in Singapore was a transformative one. The application process initiated the change, as I dedicated considerable time to introspection (more on that in a previous post) to find out my core values and the person I would like to be. However, the transformation really picked up when I received the famous admissions call.
As a liberal arts major, I’ve always lived with a massive phobia of numbers. But business is all about numbers – if you can’t understand them, you literally can’t manage a firm. And more pressingly, with the influx of CFAs, CPAs, CAs and Management Consultants on campus, it’s going to be a really tough fight against the curve (yes, you can’t get away from that even in Business School). Fortunately there’s the Business Foundations Programme (also known as BFP) to the rescue! As the Executive Summary goes:
I'm a bit late to the party myself, but it's been great reading some of the introductory blog posts from my fellow classmates the last few days; I can't wait to meet you all from tomorrow! It feels surreal to finally be here, in Fontainebleau and its gorgeous surroundings. I didn't do a campus visit, and I can vouch that you should; pictures just do not do this place any justice, it truly is a stunning environment within which to study and live and I'm feeling extremely fortunate at the moment!
During the application process, I have always been curious that what INSEADers find the most rewarding during their one intensive year. One common answer is PEOPLE.
Even up till this moment, I’m still surprised by the fact that my MBA will officially kick off in a week’s time, even though I have been preparing myself for it for almost a year. But actually I should say my INSEAD journey has already started three weeks ago with the beginning of my French intensive course at the Singapore campus. The three-week course definitely deserves its name - it’s intense indeed, but what it doesn’t say is that it’s also super fun.