MBA Student Profiles

Ivo Vassilev

Nationality: Bulgarian    
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.

Share a little about your professional background. 

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. 

What led you to choose INSEAD for your full-time MBA? 

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. 

Tell us about your ideal job and/or employer? 
My dream job would have three main characteristics. Firstly, I would be less involved in the day-to-day activities of the business but rather I would be responsible for management decisions regarding business strategy. Secondly, I would be able to inspire and lead people by example. Thirdly, I would want my job to have a positive impact on society or the planet through CSR projects. 
What would you like your business school peers to say about you after you graduate from this programme? 
I would hope my peers would say that I inspired them to be a better version of themselves. I strongly believe we should never stop trying to develop ourselves to reach our full potential and if I managed to influence others to do the same, I would feel very lucky.
What advice would you give to future INSEAD applicants? 

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.







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