Current IMBA student Deep Mehta gives some insights into his IE experience. Check out his other posts here!
After getting an admission from IE to join its International MBA program, I started talking to a few alumni, current students and students from other schools that had friends at IE to get to know even more about the life, the culture, the clubs and the overall studies at my future school.
Astonishingly, one of my good friends at a prestigious French Business School told me that “IE is not a place for the weak-hearted; it’s one of the most intensive MBA courses you will find across the world!,” something that stands true today.
Almost every session at IE is based on a case which requires you to study the case, analyse and draw inferences before giving suggestions during the session. To fully understand and make the most of it though, you also have to do research online, read textbooks and connect everything to your past work experience or knowledge. So, imagine people sharing their personal stories from almost 30 countries in one class; isn’t that exciting? However, this is just the individual work for any given subject.
Along with this, each course requires you to work in groups on various topics; something that requires more time for research and work. This seems to be easy, or part of any other course and program, but IT’S NOT. My work group has people from 7 different nationalities and 7 different professional backgrounds – our ideas and thoughts are rarely the same on the first go. Thus, it takes time and energy to convince everyone – people that have already excelled in their lives – that your point is valid or the best one in a given situation. YOU CANNOT AVOID PRODUCTIVE FIGHTS.
Fights, arguments and discussions are all a part of the learning curve. Thus, this process I am going through right now has been pleasantly self-revealing, challenging and a learning experience for me personally.
As an entrepreneur I was quite adamant about my idea, as persistence is a key for the job which is why it is sometimes very difficult to “let go”. However, early on during our group meetings I realised this mindset is NOT GOING TO WORK here. Over the past two months, I have begun to LISTEN as opposed to earlier when I only HEARD people, and have begun to accept – with a little resistance till date – other teammates’ ideas and believe in them like my own. I am already more open to different ways of working other than mine and thus, can already see myself changing as a professional.
Overall, if you are not willing to work hard each day during the 13 months, if you are not willing to sacrifice on sleep, if you are not willing to take a step back and learn from others, if you are not ready to push yourself to your mental and physical limits, if you are not ready to work at a break-neck-speed, IE might not be for you – IE is not for the weak-hearted.