Written on 12 February 2013.
An MBA makes for a broader field of vision and encourages thinking about new opportunities, above all in a period of economic turmoil, layoffs, and widespread uncertainty.
The head of MBA admissions offered a glance at the programme, including a brief description of study trips to South Africa, Singapore, Silicon Valley, and London, the four possible specialisations, and courses in such disciplines as finance, strategy, human resources, and international corporate law. The prospective applicants seemed especially interested in the EDHEC Global MBA programme’s emphasis on personal development—not for nothing is it considered a life-changing experience.
At the moment, there are seventy-five students of thirty-two different nationalities; only four are French. Japanese, Irish, Portuguese, Italian, Mexican, and Puerto Rican prospective applicants, for instance, attended the presentation. They have an average age of thirty-three, as well as an average of eight years of work experience. As such, their backgrounds dovetail perfectly well with those of the current MBA students.
These prospective students heard how an MBA from a school such as EDHEC can lead to career progress or even help transform a career; at the same time, some students create their own companies or hone their management skills, thus ensuring that they are considered highly competitive by potential employers. Current students spoke about their experiences in the classroom, whereas graduates now working in Sophia Antipolis or who have ventured into entrepreneurship brought up what they got from their studies at EDHEC and described how their careers progressed after getting their MBAs.
An advisor from the Career Centre described the career opportunities students with the MBA would have and underscored the personal approach taken by the EDHEC MBA programme when it comes to helping students find work. A cocktail put the finishing touch on this evening of discussion and social networking. A similar “open-doors” evening is planned for late March.