It’s mid-October. Fall has come to Milan. The weather has got colder, the rainy season has once again started, the sky is getting darker and darker every day, leaves are falling off the trees and there are no more families having picnics in the Milan parks. Nature signals that fall has come to Italy while we, the MBA students, take that as a signal that we have come to the end of our beautiful MBA programme here in SDA Bocconi. Read more
It’s a sad reflection on the state of your economy when accountants and economists are household names. As the front pages of the FT over the past few weeks have shown, Ireland’s economy is not in great shape right now, and every man and his dog has an opinion on debt management agencies and senior bond holder debt.
The courses at Essec are organised in two ways. Some of them stretch throughout the whole term and the others are condensed into two weeks, after which we typically have one individual or group assignment. The assignment usually needs to be handed in before the end of the term.
Last week was my first class with Bruce Greenwald. It is not often that I have had the chance to listen to someone with so smart, clear, simple and wise concepts on investing. For those who don’t know who he is, Bruce Greenwald is THE Wall Street guru and probably one of the brightest minds in the US. Simply, super sharp. Professor Greenwald is an expert on value investing - the most famous man in that club being Warren Buffet. Read more
After two months of studying for an MBA at a top school, I can say that the secret of this MBA is Time Management. Time Management is very important inside every organisation, but also inside an MBA programme.
Over the last two weeks, my fellow MBA classmates and I have been inundated with full-day lectures: topics ranged from career advice to IT instructions, from fire safety to examination expectations.
To date I’ve written about my own (European) impressions of Harvard. To get a view from the other side of the pond, I interviewed a classmate and friend of mine, Freddy Flaxman, who hails from about as far away as you can get from London, California. Read more
Today I must give a big shout-out to the first year Tuckies. They just had their last exam for the first term of their first year. Here at Tuck, the Fall term for the first year is split in two, Fall A and Fall B, because there is just so much to learn. Read more
We had two major fears as we embarked on our noble experiment; would we succeed? And, if we didn’t, what would that say about us and the USC Marshall community? Read more
When I started business school I viewed it as an opportunity for self-improvement, not just in the classroom but also in other aspects of my life. A major goal within this self-improvement quest was to get back into shape. Read more
Two years in a classroom can make you forget that assumptions are not truths. Instead more often than not, they are ideals. I was reminded of this the other day while watching Alan Greenspan reiterate his confusion regarding the current state of the market. Read more
It’s been a while since I have written on the blog. What happened? Well basically Recruiting Happened. Interviews. Read more
Last week was a success in many respects. I was accepted on both the Leadership Edge and Campus Ambassadors programmes and the MBA Fair in Los Angeles allowed me to meet and network with some of my top target companies. Read more
One of the best things about Insead is the diversity of its students. And to encourage cross-cultural exchanges within its eclectic student body, Insead National Weeks were born, where students from one nationality put together a week of activities to showcase their country’s culture, food and music, etc. Read more
Regardless of the class, be it leadership, managerial thinking or microeconomics, the same question is posed again and again in a variety of guises: “But is it true/does it work/will it be that way in China?” Read more
I have just had a visit from a friend from Portugal who is doing her MBA overseas and is on an exchange programme in Boston this term. Like me, she is a city girl at heart – we both grew up in Lisbon and lived in London before school, so I was worried she wouldn’t like it here “in the middle of the woods”. Read more