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Accepted from INSEAD, go or no go

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New post 16 Oct 2019, 05:45
Dear all

In advance, please let me apologise for such controversial title.

I am north Asian w/ 3y consulting, and 1y finance experience. I was offered a seat for INSEAD, and still wondering should I accept or not.

Above all, though my targeted post MBA industry is investment banking or private equity, which usually require substantial amount of pre-MBA finance experience, I do not possess enough experience in finance field so staying another year in finance and pursuing MBA may position me better on finance job market.

Also, I perceive that regarding “community” building, or “comradeship”, 2 year program outperform one year program. (I have heard from some of INSEAD alumni that it was not so easy to build such friendship due to short length and hustle and bustle)

You may say “apply another year then!”
But as a candidate from over represented pool (north Asian male, consulting/finance) and being over 30 years old, it would be highly risky to decline current offer and get another offer from INSEAD-equivalent school.

Want to ask if someone has been in similar situation, currently working in finance (m&a or PE), or has general comments on myself.

Thanks

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Hi,

First of all, congratulations about INSEAD.

From my discussions with alumni, it was a widely accepted notion that given the program's duration, it becomes extremely critical for the applicant to have a strong foothold in the target industry since 2 year programs provide greater flexibilty for a horizontal career boost.

Have you been accepted for the Jan batch ? If that's the case, you may have better chances given prospects of internship but to secure it in the desired industry one needs to generally prepare the internship resume even before the class starts. INSEAD placement agency helps on that aspect (about which i got mixed reviews).

Given these things are met, INSEAD will be great boost to the carrier's vertical trajectory.

With the exception of Consultancy, making the most out of INSEAD with less experience in the target industry does make things a bit trickier. Also, for Finance & PE in particular, LBS seemed to be a preferred choice for alums from both schools. Did you apply there ?

About the age bit, the schools do not have any preference to target a particular demography (as long as the applicant is able to justify why she/he needs MBA). Average age of schools depicts more of who is applying rather than who is getting accepted. I am 30+ and got accepted to a top program.

Above is just a personal opinion based on my interactions with current students and alumni. Wish you the best.
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Which batch? IB/PE requires an internship and so Jan batch is really the way to go. Also where do you want to work post MBA and for how long?

hgm2080 wrote:
Dear all

In advance, please let me apologise for such controversial title.

I am north Asian w/ 3y consulting, and 1y finance experience. I was offered a seat for INSEAD, and still wondering should I accept or not.

Above all, though my targeted post MBA industry is investment banking or private equity, which usually require substantial amount of pre-MBA finance experience, I do not possess enough experience in finance field so staying another year in finance and pursuing MBA may position me better on finance job market.

Also, I perceive that regarding “community” building, or “comradeship”, 2 year program outperform one year program. (I have heard from some of INSEAD alumni that it was not so easy to build such friendship due to short length and hustle and bustle)

You may say “apply another year then!”
But as a candidate from over represented pool (north Asian male, consulting/finance) and being over 30 years old, it would be highly risky to decline current offer and get another offer from INSEAD-equivalent school.

Want to ask if someone has been in similar situation, currently working in finance (m&a or PE), or has general comments on myself.

Thanks

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New post 06 Nov 2019, 18:10
For IB without strong background in modelling/CF --->>> 2 year program
Also, extremely tough to get to IB (and perhaps does not make sense) after 30.

Consulting to PE - is possible, but again the biggest market of this industry is in the US...
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