At INSEAD, we have the motto ''Give, give, get.''
Jakob Michael Reisinger

Jakob Reisinger

Nationality/Passport: Austrian Year of graduation: 2023 Current Role: MIM Student

Tell me a fun fact about yourself!  

I like to challenge myself to the extremes. Last year, after listening to a motivational speech by David Goggins, I ran a marathon without any preparations. (I don’t recommend doing that) 

What were you doing before you joined INSEAD? 

Studied two undergraduate degrees: Global Sales and Marketing at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria and Economics at the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. My previous work experience primarily consists of entrepreneurship and business development & marketing roles in fast growing enterprises, as well as consulting businesses in these domains.

And can you tell me why you decided to apply for the MIM? What are your goals post-MIM? 

I wanted to immerse myself in a diverse environment, increase my global exposure and build the fundament to launch an international career. What better place exists to do that than INSEAD?  

Post-MIM, I aspire to a career as a management consultant.  

It’s been a whirlwind the first few weeks, how has everything been going? Memorable moments so far? First impressions? 

Time management is really of the essence. INSEAD offers you countless opportunities, and you can’t do it all. For me, it is essential to prioritise and only focus on the clubs/initiatives/activities that fulfill me and help me achieve my goals. I would consider the most precious moments the ones I spent with the amazing people that became my friends: our trips to Paris, our shared dinners, and our amazing parties.  

What are you most looking forward to during the rest of the programme? 

Spending more time with people from around the globe, traveling with them, and having a great time. Furthermore, I look forward to making the most of this experience. Therefore, I am currently founding an initiative focusing on pro-bono consulting, participating in the IVC competition, and networking with great individuals that are part of the INSEAD network (MIMs, MBAs, Executives, Faculty, etc.). 

Any tips for anyone who might be interested in pursuing a MIM in the future? 

I suggest everyone to really think about where they want to go and how to get there. INSEAD is a great launchpad for an international career, however, I doubt you can make the most out of it if you are pursuing this degree because you do not know what to do yet. Furthermore, research carefully and try to find the university that fits your goals best.  

Parting words of wisdom? 

At INSEAD, we have the motto ''Give, give, get.''

I learned that the more you focus on giving and helping others, the more they want you to succeed. However, you should never give with the intention of getting back. It is a lifestyle; if you live it, your life will be rich. Rich in friendships, fulfillment, and success.