I am an MBA aspirant and i have recently got through a top MBA program in Europe with a good scholarship. I want to share my experience & answer questions of other aspirants regarding the B-School selection process. Please contact me on this forum if you have questions?
My advice & findings, from the extensive research i did to select my B-school and accept an offer from them, are as follows.
# Top B-Schools like Wharton, Harvard, Stanford, LBS, Kellogs, IMD, INSEAD, IE etc have one thing in common. They are excellent, they have excellent resources and offer wonderful opportunities towards a successful post MBA career.
# Tier 1 regional b-schools like RSM, Manchester, Cranfield, Boconni, HEC, MBS, AGSM, Ceibs, HKUST, NUS, Nanyang, Said, Judge, Imperial etc have tremendous regional reputation and resources to help MBA students explore progressive post MBA opportunities.
# It is the Tier-2 schools, which claim to be amongst the top 100 in the world but most lack the resources & conviction to help MBA students pursue careers of their choice. B-School career services have to be strong and resourceful to help MBA students, specially international students, to pursue international careers but unfortunately most Tier-2 schools, despite having an excellent MBA curriculum and brilliant students, fail to help them find the right jobs.
# According to my research, Tier-2 schools with an excellent & competitive MBA curriculum, quality professors & learning experience, great infrastructure and students but with very poor or non existent Career services are as follows.
1. Em Lyon, France - Several MBA participants told me that despite an excellent regional reputation (in France), above average curriculum, international professors and an excellent MBA learning experience, the school provided almost negligible support to MBA students to find jobs. All their claims about MBA lounges and Career fairs are false and their career programs are focused only on MSc & other Masters students who form the bulk of the school's student population. According to one MBA participant "the Careers Dept at Em Lyon is a black patch on the school's otherwise excellent regional reputation & quality." I would recommend that if you would seek school's support in looking for an international job opportunity, which most of us will do, better go to HEC & INSEAD in France.
2. Others on the list are EDHEC, Grenoble, Reims etc.. Essec's career services are better than many but still not up to the mark.