Why Does a Doctor Need an MBA? For the past ten years, I have been working as a physician, and I feel that this duration is long enough to remain in my comfort zone. The past year has been really interesting and pivotal for me, due to the intensive preparation for GMAT, followed by the vigorous application process to INSEAD. I would say the journey to the MBA itself has allowed me to gain greater insight regarding myself and offered a reflective process that most of us don’t have the time to experience in our busy lives with work, family, and friends.
When I told people that I’d soon be attending an MBA programme in Singapore and France, their first question would be, “Why?”. Leaving my software engineer career in San Francisco, the hottest job in the hottest sector, seemed very unorthodox. After several years of experience as a programmer, however, attending INSEAD could not have been a simpler choice. Let me explain. But first, a bit about me.
Coming from jobs that got us to INSEAD - M&A investment banking for me -, I wanted to spend time travelling, meeting family and friends, or just relaxing before all the excitement started. But the exit language is a strict graduation requirement! Options were to study French (my choice of exit language) in London while I worked either at Alliance Française or on my own, take classes at INSEAD in P1-P3 or attend the intensive language programme prior to the start of P1 in either campus.
From the decision of doing an MBA, to sitting for the GMAT, and staring longingly at your mobile phone to see if I would get the admissions call, it has been quite a journey to get here. With the official opening of school for 19J, the whirlwind has been slowly picking up speed.
School starts soon and I am getting more and more excited by the minute!
From the moment you get that call from INSEAD, you are already an INSEADer. When I had the excellent problem of choosing my B-school, I went for the school that I felt, had the ‘right kind of vibe’. And INSEAD did not disappoint. First, the Round 1 admits got that Facebook group going, then came the WhatsApp group, then telegram and slack channels. Waking up to 169 messages every morning, I soon began to feel like the most social butterfly ever, only to realise that I was incapable of keeping up with it all but I still wanted to be part of it all, because well… FOMO.
Hello Everyone, My name is Shruti and I’m really excited to write my first post. I’m an Indian based out of Singapore and I have been working as a Design Entrepreneur for the past two years. During my education, I learnt to design graphics and researched on Spatial Psychology which later helped me as an artist while designing large scale art installations, and as an interior designer while designing hotels, bars and restaurants. After gaining experience in India and Singapore, I started my own consultancy which operated in hospitality, retail and residential space.
It was a summery night in Miami in April, and I knew that once again I was going to make another turn in my life path. On that day, I decided to tell my manager that I was leaving for INSEAD in a month. My departure, unlike many others, was an already anticipated leave. I had been working in the same company for nearly five years and everyone was already aware that I was leaving, they just didn’t know when. Ever since I heard the news I was accepted into INSEAD, it felt a little unreal.
That's it, you've completed the GMAT, spent hours on submitting applications, got excited from each interview invitation and now, after all this exciting long journey - you are holding offers from multiple B schools. Good job! I thought I would be the happiest man alive had I gotten only one offer out of the plethora of schools I've applied to, but I had no idea that holding three offers would give me such a headache and about a month of practically sleepless nights.