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HEC Paris (Admitted) vs INSEAD (Rejected)

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Indian Male. 30 years old. Fluent in French and English. Non-traditional background - PhD Psychology

My goal is to work in management consulting in France for the next few years and then move to Dubai/Singapore.

Since HEC has a strong brand name in France and I plan to work in France, would it make sense to turn down the HEC offer now.

I am aware that INSEAD regularly sends more than 40% of its graduates into consulting and is known as a top feeder school for the world's leading management consulting firms.

But my primary goal for joining an MBA (be it HEC or INSEAD) is to land an interview with a mgmt consulting firm in France.

I am thinking of strengthening my profile and reapplying to INSEAD in 2 years time.

Does it make sense to put off the HEC MBA and wait for another 2 years for the hopes of an INSEAD brand name?

Additionally, given that I speak French, how difficult is it for Non-EU candidates to land jobs in France?

I have heard that for higher paying jobs in larger firms, work visa sponsorship in France is not an issue, especially they think you are a good candidate.

Please comment.

Originally posted by jgangs on 20 Jan 2018, 07:43.
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I think you should take the offer of HEC it is a very good school and if you want to find a job in France it will help you, with INSEAD they don't really like re-applicant and waiting 2years is too long as consultants companies don't like old candidates. But again it is your decision, what you would like to do. That's just my humble opinion

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Hi, and congrats for the admit!

I think that you're gunning to one of the most popular industries for MBAs, so you will most probably have recruiters from the same firms in both campuses. So if the goal is to get interviews from MC in France, you are in a great position at HEC.

Personally I think that the INSEAD advantage in this case would be that you will be practicing a lot more with individuals that are looking for the same, but on the flipside it could get more competitive.

I'd take the HEC offer, make the most of those 2 years, really prepare with all the seminars, etc etc. and you'll do fine.

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