Vaibhav Gupta comes from India. In September 2012, he starts a Master of Science in Marketing Management at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. Througout the program, he will write a blog for the Master in Management Compass platform and by this share his experience with other people.
I am Vaibhav, from Delhi, India. I did my Bachelors in Business Studies from University of Delhi. I have had the opportunity of working in three different companies as an intern and have also my own venture which is known as Cricket Revolt. During my Bachelors I worked in the organizing and placement cells of the college. I enjoy working and facing new challenges.
Why ESADE Msc Marketing?
Not only ESADE is one of the premier institutions in Spain, but also reputed all over Europe and the world. It is one of the top ranked institutes in Msc degrees in the world and has over the period of time increased its affiliations with Universities all across the world.
That being said, I was highly advised to work for a few years and then go for an MBA degree rather than straight away going for a Masters. It is a norm, which is heavily followed and was perhaps the more financially attractive option.
The one biggest reason that made me chose Msc was the course. A general MBA starts from the base of the business world, something which I had already done in my bachelors. To me, it seemed a waste of both time and money to go through what I had already studied in the 3 years of my bachelors. While in Msc Marketing Management especially in ESADE, the course seemed an extension of the subjects I had previously taken. For example: the first semester of mine has International Management which is a more detailed study of what I had taken in my final year.
The other reason why I didn’t want to think about MBA was the minimum requirement of 2-3 years of work experience. I feel that one must not be judged by the length of the work or whether the work if full time or part time. I felt that this was the best stage to learn more about management and marketing.
ESADE Msc had a two step to applying for their programmes. First one was applying online in which one was supposed to put their details (like GMAT scores and other details). The second consisted of sending the transcripts, essays, recommendation letters (duly sealed and signed by the writer).
I had a below average GMAT score for ESADE (in fact, I had a below average score for all the schools I had applied to), so I was pleasantly surprised when I did get the interview call. My phone interview though went pretty well. One of the questions I remember they asking me was if I met the ESADE admissions committee in a lift for a minute what would I say to them. I had no hesitance in telling them that I would ask them about their work, since I was always interested in doing such work.
After waiting nervously for what seemed like a decade, I got an acceptance mail from them and here I am!!