MBA Student Profiles
Previous Education: Bachelor in Accounting and Finance from the University of Bath, UK
Previous Employment: Senior Associate, PwC Dubai
The school provides very interesting core and elective courses and the professors are known for their effective teaching and industry experience.
When I joined PwC and moved to Dubai, I had to balance long hours at work and still find time to study for my accounting qualification while adjusting to a different culture and environment. Despite these challenges, I managed to adapt and work hard, and I was promoted within a year and was given two Middle East accolades for the highest scores in my accounting qualification exams.
I chose INSEAD for a few reasons. Firstly, even though many schools say they are international, INSEAD is by far the most international school out there. With campuses in three countries and exchange programs, the opportunities are limitless. Secondly, in terms of academics, the school provides very interesting core and elective courses and the professors are known for their effective teaching and industry experience. Thirdly, students are out of the job market for just a year, which reduces the opportunity cost and is also a money saver when compared to a two year programme. Lastly, INSEAD is one of the top sources of talent for a lot of companies in Europe and Asia.
My advice to future INSEAD applicants is to spend enough time practicing for the GMAT. The GMAT is all about practice, the more you do it, the better you will perform on the day of the test. Most importantly, make sure to purchase at least five to 10 computer adapted exams and practice as much as you can. The essays may be overwhelming, so I suggest you do not rush them and instead take your time writing them. Do not try to predict what the examiners expect, instead just be yourself and tell your story. The same advice goes for your interviews. The alumni who interviewed me were very friendly and simply wanted to verify whether I would be a good fit for the school. Lastly, ask people who know you well to write your recommendations. It does not matter how senior they are, it is more important that they know you well and that they can share valuable information about you.