The INSEAD Master in Management (MIM) Class of 2021 launched in September 2020, in the midst of the global pandemic. Meet some students of the pioneering MIM Class who share their experiences and impressions of the programme.
Abdulhameed Obileye obained a First Class Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Lagos. Before joining INSEAD, his varied experiences include several internships in the oil and gas industry, product marketing and community management for a start-up, a stint in the strategy team of Nigeria's largest maize producer, as well as volunteering for a number of international youth and cultural organisations.
Originally from France, Florence obtained a BSc in International Management and Modern Languages from the University of Bath (UK), spent a year studying and working in Chile, and has completed several international internships in consulting, marketing and sales.
Following a short break to catch your breath after the first period, P2 beckons with deep dives into Machine Learning, Valuation and Microeconomics. At the end of the period, the Practical will get you hands-on in valuing real-life companies and analysing the intricacies of business acquisitions. While you will stay with your home group for one of the Core Courses, you will be assigned a new group for P2, giving you the opportunity to form close bonds with other classmates and stretch your teambuilding skills even further.
Having completed P0, everyone gathers on the INSEAD Fontainebleau Campus in September to begin the programme. Your first few days will consist of welcome celebrations, teambuilding and cultural awareness activities, and then it will be time to meet your home group and dive into the first study period P1, consisting of eight weeks, three Core Courses, a Workshop and a Practical. Here's what to expect in P1:
Gearing up, getting ready and go! Hot on the heels of the final application deadline, P0 is an online module for all admitted students. It comprises three topics that lay the foundations for the MIM programme, as well as two optional elements and plenty of introduction and networking opportunities.
The INSEAD Master in Management is designed to give graduates a head start in today’s business world. To succeed, they must have an edge in both technology and people skills, as well as an understanding of the world’s most pressing issues, and how business and society must innovate to be a force for good.
By the third year of my undergraduate degree in Engineering, I knew I wanted to do business. I didn’t know what exactly business meant, but I did know that I found my internships in commercial and business development teams absolutely fascinating. So how would I make a switch from Mechanical Engineering to Business?
During my undergraduate studies, I had the chance to spend one semester in Singapore in 2018. Every day, I would pass by INSEAD’s campus, and would tell myself: “Someday, I will be part of the INSEAD community”. At the time, the MIM programme had not been announced yet. Fast forward to June 2019, I read online that INSEAD was launching its pioneering MIM programme.
Coming back from a six-month exchange in Australia and a six-month internship with Clarins in New York as a 2018 Warwick Business school student, I still wasn’t certain about what I would do after graduation. Unsure of the path to take, I decided that applying to a Master’s degree would give me an additional edge as well as more time to make up my mind, gather more information on different opportunities, and become more competitive in a world where most people have Master’s degrees.