The digital revolution which started somewhere 70 years ago has brought greater interconnectedness, easier communication and the exposure to information which wouldn’t have been earlier conceivable. It has not only penetrated every aspect of our lives but also revolutionized how business is done. It is almost an expectation from managers of tomorrow to be equipped with adequate capabilities to be able to lead and manage the digital transformation journey.
IMD MBA is known for grooming business leaders of the future who can navigate organizations through complex changes. To complement the general management training that we have received through the year, our class of 90 is now immersed in a week-long digital lab, starting today. The week will expose us to technologies such as Agile management methodologies, algorithms, Scrum Master techniques, Python programming language, machine learning, data visualization to name a few. Continue reading “IMD MBA class goes Digital: Day 1 of the Digital Lab”→
It is said that “A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds”. And yesterday’s IMD MBA Global Talent Forum provided the same chance. We welcomed a variety of potential recruiters to campus and it was a platform for us to shine, network and demonstrate what we MBAs can bring to a company. Continue reading “IMD hosts the Global Talent Forum for MBAs”→
A note of encouragement from the Career Services team as our MBAs dive into peak interview time!
Dear 2018 MBAs,
Finally, the time has come for you to go out and impress companies around the world.
Over the next two weeks you will be dedicating your time to meet, interview and network with your target companies, whether on-campus or across the globe, depending on your individual post-MBA goals.
Some of you are travelling to remote locations to continue your research and connect with key contacts, while others will remain with us in Lausanne, participating in the on-campus interviews and our Global Talent Forum.
There will be a variety of companies coming on campus, representing some of the most attractive industries for MBA recruitment, such as consulting, technology, pharma, industrial products, FMCG. They range from large corporations to start-ups.
Since the beginning of the year, and even before you arrived to IMD, you have been preparing for this moment. You have followed the career services stream, with seminars and workshops tailored to polish and sharpen your skills in order to impress recruiters and showcase your value. Guided by your coaches, alumni mentors, faculty, and our team, you have gone through in depth self-assessment, with the purpose of understanding your deepest motivations and deciding where you want this MBA to take you. Now you are ready for the next stage.
We know that your career journey is long and at times challenging, we feel proud to accompany you in this laborious yet exciting path.
Today’s profile comes from Brazilian Pedro Kniphoff…
Who am I?
I hate normalcy. Whenever you look at me, you will find me unsettled, curious, wanting to do something new and usually multi-tasking. I love getting to know countries, cultures, and food I have not eaten before. In summary, I live for new experiences. Continue reading “Every person lives their own MBA”→
When I moved to Switzerland for my MBA almost a year ago I had one thing in mind: this year was going to be some hike, tough, exhausting, but ultimately would lead me somewhere amazing. On the more practical side I had one objective: to change my career and have a fun job in the corporate world by 2019.
But, as with every hike, the path is not always what you thought it would be.
During the last months through the many traditional business streams and the not so traditional ones, my year delineated itself in a broader search for meaning. What is it that drives me? What is it that I want? Why am I even doing this to myself? And as my hike turned into a climb, the challenges turned out to be much bigger than I had predicted.
Every person that hikes regularly has faced that one time when you started your walk and you had the eyes on the peak, but as you came closer to your goal you realized that there was still a whole lot of mountain to climb, and what you thought was the peak turned out to be just a stop on the way.
At this time of the year that’s pretty much where a lot of us in the class are. We have started receiving our first job interview invitations – and rejections; we have started case prepping, had our first mock interviews, and got grilled on them. We’re sanity checking our expectations and reflecting on how realistic they are on the short and long term. So let me tell you one secret, reality is one tough lady. And she’s knocking at the door.
We have also started to face the fact that (surprise! surprise!) employers have needs, and that if we want to be successful at this game, we need to reconcile a lot of variables. What is it that this company needs? What can I offer? How does that fit in my broader search for meaning and happiness?
So emotions are running high, everybody is at the edge of their seats, waiting for something to happen. And how do you navigate that? How do you deal with the realization that you still might have to put in a lot of hard work, a lot of time, that there’s still so much to climb?
Personally, I rely on friends and the solace that they bring when they say: “this is happening to me as well”. And then I take a step back, one deep breath and I look back and see how far I’ve come and that gives me the energy to focus on the next 10 meters of the climb…