Tell us more abt your work experience..
It gives me great pleasure to say that I have been admitted to my 'first' choice school. I recvd an email from IESE (Spain - after a long wait) that I have been admitted to their MBA program.
The remaining schools are Cornell, and LBS (long shot with a 640 gmat).
I thank all the guys who supported me during my gmat preparation. I shall keep you guys posted on the outcome of other 2 schools.
(By the way, 'Purdue' rejected me due to 'solid' work expereince and suggested me to take the 11month program...which i feel is not right for me) - And YES, I shall post the entire application process of mine to all the schools and how I got in to a MBA program with a fair score of 640.
I chose IESE for reasons apart from the prospects. One is that the IESE course work is highly case-studies base, that will give practical knowlegde. It is a highly reputed college (ranked 3rd by FT). And for the bi-lingual program, which will give me an opportuinity to study the 4th most spoken language.
The post-mba statistics are also fantastic. I spoke to couple of students from schools such as RSM, SDA, IESE, ESADE... to know more about the program. Of all the listed European programs, I gave IESE the top.
I hope this helps. If you need any information about any schools, I shall be glad to hlpe you out.
I have not been to Spain. I was living in Germany for almost 3 years and had been to other european places, but for Spain. Now I get this opportuinity to go the 'left-out' country. And naa, I do not know Spainish, but i intend to learn it. I have heard a lot about Barcelona and I am sure, it will be a wonderful 2 years at IESE. Thanks for compliments.
wow....your're really a linguist....
Actually, I am a bit sceptical of applying to schools in Europe for two reasons.
1. I dont speak French / German / Spanish
2. Placements are rather difficult, especially with the handicap mentioned above
I plan to appy to LSB and Said if nothing in the US works out.
In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity - Albert Einstein
I was in a similar boat as thy now in. I did a lot of homework, (everyone should, I guess). And below is my analysis.
France - Top schools - HEC, INSEAD. HEC is fantastic school and rated No.1 in france. Surprsingly better than INSEAD for its ethical stuff that HEC cultivates thru its program. No program can promise a 100% job. But, HEC students do get a job if they are not stren on the salary part. If one is happy with a 70K, post-mba, well, that will do. Negotiations, compromising and go-get attitude will get the job.
Germany - Naaa, not a single program is good enough, compared with other reputed schools. Germany is for engineer, for M.S, and not for business studies.
Spain - IESE, ESADE are 2 prestigious programs. Spanish language is a part of the course. You can get a good break after the MBA even if u do not know spainish.
LBS - Wow !!!, i have nothing to say but for that word. The label will carry you far. A so called "Royal Salute" to this school for its prestige. Again, you study one additional forgn language as a part of the course. "Said" - Thats a good one too (but with a Royal salute) :-)
One thing mate, I do not understand when people say "If you want to work in Europe do the european mba and if you want to work in US, go to a US school". This is irritating and for me absolutely nonsense. Pardon me for my words. I would never want this criteria when choosing a school. The best program is one that is not limited to coutries and boundaries.
I do not know where I will work after IESE, but hey, if a firm tells me to take a challenging position in Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, Japan...well, I have my backpack ready.
My suggestion is look at the course work, the mode ot study, the costs, the returns, the placements. The average salary will give u a ball park, but thats not the sole criteria. I have checked that Cornell graduates average sal is about 120K and that of IESE is 95K. Still IESE is better for the reason is, living in New York with a 120K is same as living in Spain with 70K. I hope you got the point in here.
If HEC suits you, its the best, but u have to learn french to increase thy prospects. And why should you not?. You want to work in a french firm and not knowing their language will handicap you. Right?. Use this opportuinity to learn a new language. It WILL help you in the long run. Would you not want to learn the language of your company you work for?. Does it not help you climb the ladder faster?. Go ahead brother, apply to these schools and make thy dreams come true. To be honest, no program restricts you with geographical boundaries. If you know what it takes to land there, you will. Be it USA, Europe or Asia. Good luck.
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