This year will probably be remembered by the uncertainty we all faced. Back in January, we all no doubt made plans to travel abroad, start a new business, pursue an MBA, or seek many other projects that would have made the year 2020 an amazing one. However, things turned out to be completely different.
David joined Morgan Stanley upon graduating from the INSEAD MBA in 2008 and has worked his way up over the last 12 years to become a managing director for the company in London. He’s convinced by the long-term value of an MBA and thinks that although the current crisis serves up challenges for graduating MBA students, hard work and focus will ultimately present to them the career opportunities they crave.
Is an MBA still worth it? The answer is a resounding yes, according to MBA alumna Cintia Tavella from INSEAD, who graduated at the height of the global financial crisis.
As grateful as I was for this once-in-a-lifetime experience in our lives, I was overwhelmed by feelings of self-doubt and thoughts of worry and uncertainty as I was putting my career on hold to join my husband in Singapore for his MBA. I am now happy to say that I was profoundly wrong to feel this way.
I have been fascinated by the spectrum of backgrounds, functions, and countries that my peers have come from.
I chose INSEAD for the impeccable reputation, excellent curriculum, and diverse student body (over 90 nationalities) which gives one the ability to learn from and have lasting relationships with people from across the world.
I asked myself: why not move to a completely new country where I will be surrounded by people from 90 nationalities?
INSEAD’s culture and values resonated with me.
The journey of the MBA class of December 2020 is probably not what we were expecting, when we started it. And yet, this year might turn out to be one of the most consequential times in our life. As the class of December 2020 gathered in January, in steamy Singapore, I was first struck by the diversity, open and well-meaning of the class.
The happiness I felt when I got the acceptance call from INSEAD is a feeling I will never forget. But, after a first wave of excitement, and when it finally sunk in that the INSEAD dream was actually going to become a reality, my next reaction was to look at my calendar. I was eager to start bonding with the other students from my cohort, but there was one challenge: classes would only start in six months!