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Hey guys, an INSEAD MBA'17D here, currently based in Fontainebleau. I have drawn big time from this forum when I was applying, so I would be glad if I can help with any questions / queries. Feel free to ask about student life and all related things.


Hey Iccotdis, that's so nice of you. I am a R3 applicant for the sept 2017 intake. I am undecisive about where to start the year (if I get in). I understand that the caliber of the teachers is pretty much the same between Fonty and Singy, and that one cannot know in advance where a core course teacher would be. The alumni I have talked to say that it in fact comes down to personal preferences. However, I would like to make the most of Insead's diversity, and get exposed to as many different backgrounds/experiences/countries of origin as possible. Is there a difference between the two campuses in terms of diversity?
My profile: 29yo female working in Private Equity in Sub-Saharan Africa. African-island native who spent nearly a decade in France for school and work.

Many thanks for your insights


Hi Kloi,

Yes, the quality of teaching is very similar across the three campuses. In fact, professors often travel between campuses to teach for a period. The alumni are spot on when they say that you cant choose who your core course teacher would be as even within one campus, different professors teach different sections. (btw, in Fonty the entire intake is divided into 4 sections). You would even be doing course work sometimes with students from the other campuses. So, I dont think it matters much for the core. For electives, yes some profs might be based in one campus or a particular elective might only be available there. So, you need to take this into account. However, you dont take electives till P3 anyway, so you can always switch campuses by then.

As far as diversity goes, you are again pretty much sorted. The campuses are more or less similar in terms of diversity. Oh the diversity! It is impossible to imagine how diverse the overall population is till you experience it yourself. Our name cards carry our nationalities, and when we sit in the amphitheaters for lectures, it is normal to find people from different nationalities and backgrounds sitting in the same row. It is an incredible experience. Our stats prof was saying the other day that it is difficult to run experiments on insead students as due to the diversity, we place all over the chart. Similar experiments in American unis were showing specific trends due to inherent biases.

Most people base their choice of campus on either the weather :) or the location where they want to work eventually. First the weather. Fonty is in high demand during the summer months and in low demand during the winters. Singy is pretty much the same throughout the year, so the demand for that location depends somewhat on the demand for Fonty.

On the job front, particularly, if you are looking for niche sectors after your MBA, your location matters quite a lot. You want to make sure when the recruitment season starts, you are generally close to your eventual work location. For the banks, consultancies and big corporates though, this is kind of a moot point as they recruit irrespective of the campus through local offices or Video conferences.

I hope that answered your question. I will say, ultimately, it is a very personal decision as INSEAD operates as one school thoughout. You will get the same experience anyway and you can always switch to Singy or Wharton/ Kellogg/ CEIBS.

Good luck with your application and hope to see you on campus.


Hey iccotdis, thanks for the answer, it is super helpful :). INSEAD's MBA is really one of these things that the more you learn about them, the more you want them :).
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Hey guys, an INSEAD MBA'17D here, currently based in Fontainebleau. I have drawn big time from this forum when I was applying, so I would be glad if I can help with any questions / queries. Feel free to ask about student life and all related things.


Hi "iccotdis"

Please give some information about the placement numbers recently published by INSEAD.

1. According to the numbers, 428 students (53%) found employment through the Career Development Centre / Alumni network.
What is the difference between the Career Development Centre and the Alumni network?

2. 89% of students out of those who were looking for jobs actively reported having received at least one job offer 3 months after their graduation date.
Isn't 89% low for the world no.1 school? Competing schools such as Wharton, Harvard, LBS, Columbia, Booth, etc have much better numbers.

3. Which campus is better for job placement for the middle east. i.e. UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, etc?

Your help is greatly appreciated

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Hi "iccotdis"

Please give some information about the placement numbers recently published by INSEAD.

1. According to the numbers, 428 students (53%) found employment through the Career Development Centre / Alumni network.
What is the difference between the Career Development Centre and the Alumni network?

2. 89% of students out of those who were looking for jobs actively reported having received at least one job offer 3 months after their graduation date.
Isn't 89% low for the world no.1 school? Competing schools such as Wharton, Harvard, LBS, Columbia, Booth, etc have much better numbers.

3. Which campus is better for job placement for the middle east. i.e. UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, etc?

Your help is greatly appreciated


Hi Bilalkhan118, it would be difficult for me to comment as the stats are for a previous class. However, I will give my 2 cents here.

1. Career Development Centre (CDC) is the INSEAD department responsible for the on-campus recruitment function for MBAs and other INSEAD students. They organise various events and liaise actively with the recruiters to bring them on campus. The Alumni Network is simply the network of INSEAD alumni. The network is incredible and they are very active during on-campus and off-campus recruitment events. The CDC also I think coordinates with the alumni during the recruitment season, so that's why perhaps they have grouped these together. The job hunt thing, btw, is not just limited to CDC / Alumni contacts. Sometimes it is important to create an Unique Recruiters list (URL) (INSEAD jargon), which is unique to you. For these recruiters, it is important that you use your own networking and relationship building skills.

2. 89%. This is the most difficult thing for me to comment on as I have no further information on this. However, I would say, unlike the other schools you have mentioned, INSEAD grads look for jobs all over the globe, so the comparisons might not be apt. Also, the class size is huge. So, even 89% is around 890 people who have found at least one job. I think people should ask whether they believe that they could be one of these 850+ people. From what I have seen so far, if you are focused and put in the hard work, you will have a job. It has just been a month since the Dec class has started and people already have Investment banking internship offers and interviews lined up with corporates. And honestly, the recruitment reason has not even started.

On the other hand, there are some who are taking things slowly and they want to explore what is available post MBA and that is fine too. Trust me, not everyone wants to do an internship or are looking for a job right away. Some have worked for years and don't need the money asap. So, I think the 89% takes into account all sorts of situations and my advise would be not to freak out just by looking at that.

3. For the middle east, I think Fonty is the best but just because it is closer. INSEAD organises middle east job fair in Dubai. Though I am not interested in that region, I have seen the list of companies attending these fairs and it is basically the who's who of the corporate world. Moreover, I think if you are in the July promotion, you get to spend one period in ABu Dhabi as part of your campus switch. I think that ought to help a lot. The Dec promotion doesn't have this available, so people interested in that region might need to do some extra networking. If you are interested in consulting in the Middle east, you dont need to worry about the campus as most consulting firms would do a centralised hiring scheme for all the regions.

I hope I answered your queries. Let me know if you need anything clarified.

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Hi "iccotdis"

Please give some information about the placement numbers recently published by INSEAD.

1. According to the numbers, 428 students (53%) found employment through the Career Development Centre / Alumni network.
What is the difference between the Career Development Centre and the Alumni network?

2. 89% of students out of those who were looking for jobs actively reported having received at least one job offer 3 months after their graduation date.
Isn't 89% low for the world no.1 school? Competing schools such as Wharton, Harvard, LBS, Columbia, Booth, etc have much better numbers.

3. Which campus is better for job placement for the middle east. i.e. UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, etc?

Your help is greatly appreciated


Hi Bilalkhan118, it would be difficult for me to comment as the stats are for a previous class. However, I will give my 2 cents here.

1. Career Development Centre (CDC) is the INSEAD department responsible for the on-campus recruitment function for MBAs and other INSEAD students. They organise various events and liaise actively with the recruiters to bring them on campus. The Alumni Network is simply the network of INSEAD alumni. The network is incredible and they are very active during on-campus and off-campus recruitment events. The CDC also I think coordinates with the alumni during the recruitment season, so that's why perhaps they have grouped these together. The job hunt thing, btw, is not just limited to CDC / Alumni contacts. Sometimes it is important to create an Unique Recruiters list (URL) (INSEAD jargon), which is unique to you. For these recruiters, it is important that you use your own networking and relationship building skills.

2. 89%. This is the most difficult thing for me to comment on as I have no further information on this. However, I would say, unlike the other schools you have mentioned, INSEAD grads look for jobs all over the globe, so the comparisons might not be apt. Also, the class size is huge. So, even 89% is around 890 people who have found at least one job. I think people should ask whether they believe that they could be one of these 850+ people. From what I have seen so far, if you are focused and put in the hard work, you will have a job. It has just been a month since the Dec class has started and people already have Investment banking internship offers and interviews lined up with corporates. And honestly, the recruitment reason has not even started.

On the other hand, there are some who are taking things slowly and they want to explore what is available post MBA and that is fine too. Trust me, not everyone wants to do an internship or are looking for a job right away. Some have worked for years and don't need the money asap. So, I think the 89% takes into account all sorts of situations and my advise would be not to freak out just by looking at that.

3. For the middle east, I think Fonty is the best but just because it is closer. INSEAD organises middle east job fair in Dubai. Though I am not interested in that region, I have seen the list of companies attending these fairs and it is basically the who's who of the corporate world. Moreover, I think if you are in the July promotion, you get to spend one period in ABu Dhabi as part of your campus switch. I think that ought to help a lot. The Dec promotion doesn't have this available, so people interested in that region might need to do some extra networking. If you are interested in consulting in the Middle east, you dont need to worry about the campus as most consulting firms would do a centralised hiring scheme for all the regions.

I hope I answered your queries. Let me know if you need anything clarified.


Thanks a ton for the information

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Not long now R2 guys. Anxiety is building!

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Congratulations to the first admitted round 2!!!!! Welcome to the other side!!


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Received the call, starting in Fonty!

Good luck to everyone for this week!


Congratulations Heita! Who is your AO and what region are you applying from?

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Received the call, starting in Fonty!

Good luck to everyone for this week!


WOW, congratulations!!!!!! It's already started.... Now I am reeeaaaally nervous................ :!: :!: :!: :!:

so could you pls share your infor? e.g., location, AO, starting campus ... ... ?

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Ahh! This is gonna be a fun week!
Good Luck everyone! <3

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Heita is from South Africa I guess... this week is going to be horrible, cant stop looking at my phyone

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Congratulations for the admit !

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Heita is from South Africa I guess... this week is going to be horrible, cant stop looking at my phyone


And can't stop checking new posts on this forum....


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Received the call, starting in Fonty!

Good luck to everyone for this week!


Congratulations Heita! Who is your AO and what region are you applying from?



Thanks!

Starting in Fontainebleau, I'm from South Africa, changed AOs just before admission which might be why it was pushed earlier...

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Hi guys !

As we all can tell that this week is getting really fun, let's imagine a minute that we are already on the other side.
So let's ask ourselves the following question : what is supposed to happen / are we expected to do once we get the positive final decision ?

A few ideas :
give our final answer within a few days ? send our original diploma ? undergo a background check ? transfer a first bunch of k€ ?

Insights will be highly appreciated.
Good luck to everyone, we'll make it !

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