The decision to pursue an MBA is difficult at the best of times. As an MBA'21D at INSEAD, I am surrounded by a diverse range of extraordinary people who took a leap of faith amidst a global pandemic, in times of unprecedented uncertainty. Whether they are a young entrepreneur, rising star or experienced and skilled professional, most of my cohort will assure you they made the best decision and advise you to apply, so the real question you should be asking is “when?”.
As a Portuguese engineer surrounded by a social environment where engineers take the majority, the MBA word is not commonly heard. Therefore, when I was challenged by a senior member and INSEAD alum of my previous company to think about my future and pursuing an MBA, it felt kind of unfamiliar.
Diversity in the workplace is more important to business success than ever. The buzz around diversity is growing. But building diverse organisations that make better, bolder decisions and are more competitive in the global economy isn’t just a matter of hiring employees from different backgrounds.
The day I got admitted to INSEAD is a day that still remains very vivid in my memory. It was a Friday evening in May, and I was not expecting to hear from INSEAD for another five days at least. I was enjoying a quiet evening at home after a hectic week at work, when suddenly my phone lit up with a notification and my heart started beating a million miles an hour as I opened the email.
In September 2020, a group of almost 300 young men and women met for the first time on the doorstep of INSEAD's campus in the gorgeous town of Fontainebleau, France. With excitement reserved for first graders, we started exploring the bustling diversity of people who flew from all over the world and more than 60 countries to spend one year in a place that will shape and change their lives forever. As I received my diploma and became an INSEAD alumnus, I tried to think what is that one takeaway from this year?
Nationality: Filipino Year Graduated: 2021 "I believe INSEAD is a wonderful holistic experience highly driven by a very important value: DIVERSITY. I am constantly evolving in ways that surprise me through the stories I hear and the connections I make in this community."
What is the difference between diagnosing a dog’s health issue and offering a strategic solution in an MBA class? How can a former veterinarian doctor leverage her previous medical skills and knowledge as strong foundations to thrive in business? Those questions may seem odd.
With a thriving economy and the highest entrepreneurship rate in the world, Africa is the place to be for working professionals looking to make their mark. We spoke to three INSEAD MBA alumni from the region about the skill sets needed in Africa, how the INSEAD MBA helped them excel, and what advice they would give to graduates looking to build a successful career in Africa.