Yeah that's what I meant. I am pretty concerned about the value for money as it's a huge investment for me.
I certainly know what you mean about ROI, especially when you have the spectre of Spain's economic crisis in the background. According to everything I've read, the school still has a great record in regards to how many students are finding jobs after school. Also, I'm a bit partial to the "business on campus" concept, as I think it's a really effective way for career / company development (my own company, Red Hat, took advantage of such an opportunity at North Carolina State University).
I agree with SKabanov. ESADE is taking steps in the right direction to build its brand identity and give its students the right climate to tap opportunities. It's already ranked 5th in Europe and it's a matter of time before its FT Rankings also improve. I'm okay with being patient and having faith in myself as well as in the program/school that I'm joining.
Facts and figures on the Careers webpage are useful but to paraphrase APPLE TVCs, they should be treated as "General Guidelines". Please don't get me wrong; I'm realistic too. I know that it will still be difficult (very, very difficult) for non-EU students to get a job in Spain or elsewhere in Europe in the coming years. But are WE, MBA applicants looking to build a bright career and hoping to be tomorrow's leaders really going to a B-school just to get a high-paying job? That's it?!
I've gone through the 2007-08 financial crisis myself, came this close to being laid-off, and have failed in starting up my first business venture. From these experiences I can tell life does not come with any guarantees. Even if, hypothetically, ESADE or any other B-School on this planet, were to GUARANTEE placements, I am not convinced that such an arrangement would work out in the long term. I think it's best to believe in ourselves. This makes it a lot easier for everyone else to believe in us!
Sure, there are also those who take on serious amounts of debt or put their family life/conjugal life on hold to do an MBA and therefore ROI matters!! It really does! All the more reason to make sure we go to a school where we really, really
want to go and do so only when are 100% sure THIS is the right time to go to a b-school.
These are my thoughts! I'm okay with hearing from folks out there who have a different take on this subject.