“The business plans are done; the pitches delivered and now on from the world of entrepreneurship into the corporate endeavors, as people start scrambling for last minute internship deals while exchange opportunities are slipping by in a hurry. Yes, we’re back to the time of the year when a huge wave of MBA students hits the job market hard in an attempt to drive down the world unemployment rate!

But why are some people cutting corners or even throats to secure an internship while many others don’t even have it on their minds? Is it that some people are too lazy or indifferent to make an effort? I believe there is more to it than just a question of willingness. In the words of IE Prof. Carmen Alonso Munoyerro “Life is more complex than just an excel function“.

So, what is life of an MBA student like and why do 100 people react in 200 different ways when presented with the same situation? As any manager would tell you, IT ALL DEPENDS! It depends on what one expects from the school; whether one wishes to make the best of a given opportunity, or to explore different things at the same time or even just to enjoy a well-deserved year off from their otherwise hectic life as consultants in one of the top 5 firms.

And then there are the prospective students who always ask whether it is a good idea to go for an internship or if the career center is effective? There are no easy answers. Again, it depends on what you want to get out of an internship or how you want to use the services provided by your school. Good and bad are no longer absolute terms. Their nature and even interpretation differs from person to person. So, if you are considering an internship, ask yourself: what do I want to get out of the internship experience? Is it the exposure; is it the network? Or maybe, is it simply the extra cash? All are valid reasons. However, which one you think you value the most and is worth the lost opportunity cost, depends on YOU […]”

This post has been submitted by Manu Aggarwal. Manu is currently studying the International MBA at IE. You can read his blog post in full by clicking here.

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