MBA Student Profiles
Job Before INSEAD: Director of Global Solution Engineering at IDeaS Revenue Solutions
Just do it! It is a great experience, as you can re-invent yourself, take the time to reflect on what you really want to do and what excites you in life and above all, make friends for life.
I had worked in the same industry and function for 11 years and I was in need of a change. I heard about INSEAD from some of my friends and after doing extensive research, I decided it was the best school for my career objectives as it has an excellent reputation for enabling students to switch careers. Additionally, the duration of the program was extremely appealing to me as I felt that the opportunity cost of a two-year programme would have been very high.
Prior to INSEAD, I already lived in Singapore with my family. My partner works here in Singapore. Having a full running household made the decision to attend the intensive INSEAD programme relatively easy. I must admit that without this established setup, and a supportive husband, attending INSEAD would have been difficult especially with two young children.
I am planning to remain in Europe and join an international consulting firm, and building on my previous experience as a consultant and expanding the scope of my influence. The business landscape is changing dramatically in so many sectors, and it’s an exciting time to get involved and help reshape the way companies work. I believe that the best consulting firms will be the ones who excel at developing innovative solutions to meet dynamic and evolving client demands, and I’m very much looking forward to the challenge.
My family is extremely supportive and have stepped up to handle things since I am not around that much. This had made it easier to manage commitments from both ends.Also given that I have relatively clear goals within the programme, I don’t have the same extent of FOMO – the fear of missing out - that others might have, hence I am very efficient with my time, which also enables managing my family and studies easier.
Many women don’t see the need for an MBA as they don’t think it will give them a very positive ROI in the future. I think business schools can make a greater effort to show that an MBA from a school like INSEAD can boost women’s careers tremendously, whilst simultaneously working with the business world to show that having more qualified women in the workforce in senior positions, truly does benefit companies
One should be more strategic about one’s career. One should consider where they want to go and how to get there. I know this seems very logical, but most people have a general idea of where they see themselves in 20-30 years, but have no concrete plan on how to get there. So sit down, reflect and really think about what skills and positions you need to have in order to reach that final career goal. Lastly, learning is a lifelong endeavour that doesn’t end with INSEAD.
Just do it! It is a great experience, as you can re-invent yourself, take the time to reflect on what you really want to do and what excites you in life and above all, make friends for life. I would recommend that women should be more strategic about when to go to business school by taking into consideration at what stage of their professional and personal journey the MBA would work best for them.