I’ve never had this level of support - the system at INSEAD worked really well for me.
Tell us about yourself Adam, where have you previously studied?
I was born in Belgium, but I left for boarding school in England at the age of 13, following which I went to the London School of Economics in 2015. Since then, I’ve been living and working in Vietnam for a garment manufacturing company as an innovation consultant.
What kind of career are you headed for?
I’m aiming for a career in management, whether in my own company or someone else’s. After INSEAD, I plan to gain as much experience as possible from different places, such as management consultancies and growth stage start-ups, to improve my managerial skill set as much as possible. I’m particularly interested in innovation and technology.
What made you choose INSEAD?
I researched the best managerial courses on offer for people with my level of experience and I was also looking for a one-year course, so I was very happy to have been accepted.
I chose INSEAD MIM as my first choice, because the curriculum is filled with practical work and international exposure.
Share your admission journey with us! Where did it start? Did you attend any events online or onsite?
I applied to the course quite early so that I would have time to properly complete my application. I thought hard about my reasons for wanting to attend the course while I wrote the essays, and I made sure to update my CV. The video interviews were challenging, but they helped me to prepare for my one-on-one interview which went far better.
Throughout the application process, I was surprised by the amount of support I received from the recruitment staff, all of which was very positive and made a nice change from my undergraduate and job applications
Did you meet or speak with Alumni?
Some of my friends are INSEAD alumni; they told me it had been really enjoyable, and that the courses were tough but really interesting.
How long did it take you to write your essays?
Around four or five weeks, including all the revisions and editing. Each essay is quite short, so deciding what to include and what to leave out can be quite time-consuming.
I received great advice from the recruitment team, which saved me a lot of time.
Was it easy for you to find information and the support you needed along the way?
From the beginning, I was assigned someone to help guide me though my application. I had multiple talks with them over Skype, where they provided great tips and advice on my application, and we even went through my CV. I was then able to present myself in the best way by including the most important information about myself in the application.
In all of my previous job and undergraduate applications, I’ve never had this level of support - the system at INSEAD worked really well for me.
Any tips for future MIM candidates?
Make full use of the recruitment support team. Run any and all questions by them and listen to their advice, they’re there to help!
What are you looking most forward to?
Meeting everyone in France this summer! While university in London was great, I’ve always wanted to study in a real campus environment. Our new MIM students WhatsApp group has been a great way to meet everyone virtually