How I got into INSEAD, twice

Written by Sameer Kamat

You’ve read many stories on our blog about success after failed attempts. You haven’t? Well, here’s one –> W.P. Carey with full MBA scholarship & graduate assistantship.
But, the one that we are covering below is unique. It is a ‘successful’ success story that happened after multiple ‘failed successes’. Confusing?
INSEAD MBA student ‘MBA Juggernaut‘ (her parents gave her a much better name, but this is what she prefers to be called in this post) had to take a pretty long ride from the time she started her applications till the time she could actually get into the program that gave her the admit. Over to MJ!

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MBA programs that accept correspondence courses & distance education degrees

Written by Sameer Kamat

Apart from the regular pre-requisites (GMAT score, MBA essays, recommendations, TOEFL score) listed in the MBA applications guideline pages of many top business schools, if you’ve paid attention to the academic requirements section, you’ll find something on the following lines – a degree from a recognised university, transcripts that mention the grades / performance (GPA, CGPA or percentage). This may suffice for most applicants, but there’s generally nothing that specifically mentions about how they treat MBA applicants who have completed their undergrad degree through distance education or correspondence courses in India.

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Executive MBA in India: INSEAD ILPSIE Admissions and Interview

Written by Sameer Kamat

ILPSIE INSEAD IndiaThe ILPSIE program is one of the best Executive MBA programs in India. The INSEAD brand gives it credibility and the Executive MBA format gives it the flexibility that experienced professionals are looking for.

Like most Executive MBA programs, the ILPSIE is meant for senior professionals – 10 years for work experience being the minimum and 12-15 years being the class average.

Ravi Kirpane shares his ILPSIE application and interview story.

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MBA in Family Business Management

Written by Sameer Kamat

Family business management in India has it’s own unique set of challenges, succession planning being one of top ones. The other being in the area of human resources. Employees working in family business will constantly have the temptation to leave and join a mainstream corporate environment where the work culture and incentives are a little more ‘professional’. Read this story to see what we mean –> Family owned business management vs professional companies.

The concept of technology entrepreneurship might be new in India, but our country has always had a huge number of family businesses that have been running for generations. Many of them in traditional industries that have grown big enough to compete with the corporates. That accentuates the new to bring in professional processes and practices in what has typically been a founder-driven environment.

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USA business schools accepting second MBA applicants from India

Written by Sameer Kamat

It’s a fact that many Indians who already have an MBA from India under their belt feel the need for an international MBA at some point of time during their career. These candidates may have already gone through the rigorous two-year MBA program quite early, sometimes immediately after completing their undergraduate studies. They may also have a good brand name (like IIM) on their resume. The need for a second MBA after IIM (or any of the numerous other MBA colleges in India) stems out from the fact that an international MBA differs greatly from what our local MBA institutions have to offer. So rather than getting a second MBA from ISB, those who already have an Indian MBA prefer going abroad.

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INSEAD MBA admissions interview and GMAT experience

Written by Sameer Kamat

INSEAD MBA
In our MBA profile evaluation analysis (i.e. MBA MAP), INSEAD MBA ends up as a Strech or Ambitious school for most. Rather than sugarcoat our findings, we say it like it is. And for those who’ve had the INSEAD MBA program as their top choice, it can be devastating.
Till we explain to them what those ratings mean and how they can improve their chances.
Praveen Kumar was one such candidate who decided to use the minor blow (during the simulation) as an opportunity to learn and improve. He’s currently pursuing his INSEAD MBA and he writes this post from Paris (France).

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INSEAD MBA grad’s tips on getting management consulting jobs

Written by Sameer Kamat

INSEAD MBAINSEAD MBA salary numbers are among the best in the business school world when it comes to post MBA jobs. A key reason for that is the huge number of INSEAD MBA graduates who manage to get high-paying management consulting jobs. This trend continues year after year, which means there’s a story in there that goes beyond just being a mere coincidence.
Gaurav Gokhale, from the INSEAD MBA class of 2007 has managed a career transition from Information Technology to Management Consulting. From being a Business Analyst in TCS to being a Strategy Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, it’s a career path that many software professionals can only dream of. Reading some of the best management consulting books can take you closer to your goal.
In this post for MBA Crystal Ball, Gaurav generously shares the ideas and tips that helped him bag a management consulting job after completing his INSEAD MBA

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Financial Times MBA Ranking 2011: IIMA PGPX and ISB dazzle

Written by Sameer Kamat

The Financial Times (FT) MBA rankings for 2011 are out. And as is normally the case with all such rankings, there are the usual suspects and the surprise entries. Just when you thought ISB (Indian School of Business) was getting a little lonely waving the tricolour out there, guess who decided to join in the party – IIMA (Indian institute of Management, Ahmedabad) with its PGPX

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MIT Sloan Fellows Program: Separating the men from the boys

Written by Sameer Kamat

Our friend ‘VA’ (he prefers to stay anonymous) just got an admit from the MIT Sloan Fellow program and he’s majorly thrilled about it, just like we are for him. In this post, VA tells us what motivated him to apply to a highly competitive but unconventional program. He takes it one step further and shares his application strategy and secrets with us.

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10 business schools you’ve got to have on your radar

Written by Sameer Kamat

Irrespective of your GMAT score, your post MBA career goals and your penchant/hatred for saas-bahu serials, if you are an Indian MBA applicant there are a few schools that you’ve GOT to have on your radar. And it doesn’t matter if you are eligible or qualified to get in. The fact is most of your peers will be talking about it before, during and after you complete your MBA course from another university. So spend a little time getting to know these top MBA programs. Here’s MCB’s take on it.

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