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Profile Evaluation, Insead Jan 2017 intake, GMAT 720

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Profile Evaluation, Insead Jan 2017 intake, GMAT 720

Post Thu May 26, 2016 3:57 am
Hi there,

I'm planning to apply for the third round INSEAD Jan 2017 intake and wondering if you could help look at my profile! Greatly appreciated!

Age:30
Gender: Female
Nationality: Chinese (and permanent resident of UK)
Undergraduate: top 10 University in China, majored in Journalism, GPA 4.1-4.2 on a scale of 5
Postgraduate: top 5 University in UK, MSc in Communications, Pass (Do I try to explain the bad grade? I think I struggled a bit first time relocating to a different country, getting a tough one year MSc and trying to do internships and secure a job and visa)
GMAT: 720 (Q50, V37, IR5, AWA5)
Work experience: 7.5 years, Sales&Marketing Manager in UK TV company based in London, working with top TV networks across Asia, solely responsible for individual deal negotiation and field trips 3-5 countries every year. I have trained up coordinators for the team and supervised them for short period. No experience in managing team.
Activities: co-founded an alumni startup community and sits on a committee of a small non-profit and responsible for PR.
International exposure: Lived in China, Hong Kong &UK and worked with clients from 20+ countries
Recommenders: my line manager and a director from the company
Motivation for MBA: I felt my background and experience is limiting me into a particular sector/function while I want to progress and learn other perspectives of business and management. Short term plan is to switch career to consultancy to learn strategy and management hopefully with a focus on media&creative industry, long term to come back to industry to senior management at multinational media conglomerate.

I wonder if my profile is strong enough for INSEAD and if there anything I should work on in particular? And with my age and work experience whether worth considering a EMBA?

Many thanks for your advice!!

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Post Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:11 am
Many thanks Jon! I'll keep you posted!

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I'll be waiting for it!

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Post Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:11 am
Many thanks Jon! I'll keep you posted!

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I'll be waiting for it!

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Post Wed Jun 01, 2016 5:46 am
Hey there!
So your motivation is great! And makes sense. Now you have to make sure it makes sense on the job market too. Meaning: what sort of posts are media firms looking for MBA folks to fill?

The story needs work, but I'm sure you can hone it.

R.e. INSEAD, a few thoughts: First as you know R3 is not the easiest round to get into, so you are reducing your chances somewhat. Secondly, I know you want to go to INSEAD, but given your goals I would say you likely have plenty of other options, both one year and two year programs. If you have no interest in working in the US then no, US programs do not make sense (even if there are a few very good 1 year programs, and excellent media programs). If you focus on Europe you have many schools in England and France and Spain that might be good for you.

You CAN of course apply to one school this R3, because it does seem better for you, but you should be asking yourself: what do I do if I don't get in? Do I apply to other European schools? Do I open my mind up about the US? About 2 year programs? etc. etc.

My main advice to you know is keep your eye on the long-term goal.

I hope this helps and if you have follow-up questions, feel free to write!
Best,
JF

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