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Columbia (J-term) vs. INSEAD

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New post 11 May 2019, 02:21

Got admitted to Columbia's J-term program and INSEAD; I cannot decide which program I should go for.

Background: engineering with 3 years + of work experience
Region: from Southeast Asia

For my post MBA plan, I'm still not sure whether I want to work in the consulting industry, although I'll mostly try my luck with MBB. Other employment options under consideration include joining a tech firm's biz development practice (think amazon, google, etc.), a start-up or a VC.

As for where I want to be after my degree, I do not have a strong preference for any specific region. Personally, spending a few years in US sounds pretty interesting, but I believe that the current situation with H1B visa should make it difficult for me to secure a job there (international US B-school students please help me verify this).

Thanks in advance for the answers!!

Note: for INSEAD, I'll be spending 2/3 of my time in Singapore
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New post 11 May 2019, 08:33
Current H1 situation may change if the administration changes, but that’s not a guarantee.

If MBB is your choice, Insead is the clear winner.
Problem with J term at Columbia is that you may not be considered for summer internships, so you’ll have to wait for full time role hiring - MBBs full time business school hiring without internship is usually limited.

Your other post MBA employment choices are Startups or VC.

Most MBA participants work in IB for a few years and then go to VC, because there is very limited VC /PE hiring straight out of MBA (except if it’s HSW). VC/PE shown by schools in their employment report is usually of sponsored students or students returning back to their VC/PE employers (source - MBA participants I have talked to and schools career counselors)

Insead and Columbia aren’t as strong as a Berkeley or Stanford or even LBS at feeding startups, but given that these are highly regarded schools, you'll get your foot in the door.

Insead has solid MBB hiring but they aren’t as strong as a LBS/Oxford/Cambridge at finance. Insead is a good feeder to other industries.

Columbia is definitely high ranked, but if I look at their employment reports, I feel that career outcomes from even lower ranked schools like Ross, Tuck (marginally), Duke and NYU are better. Columbia will place you well in the financial industry due to its New York location. Also, MBB stats published by Columbia includes 50-60% sponsored MBB participants, so that’s confusing.

Weighing in all the parameters, I would go with Insead.

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