Chances for INSEAD, HEC, ESSEC

Application & Admission
  • Posted by Warre on 10/01/20 10:56am

    Hi, I was wondering if anyone could give me any insights into the strengths/weaknesses of my profile.

    I am a 21 years old Belgian student. In 2016 I started my studies in Business Engineering but I stopped pursuing this degree after half a year because I felt like my interests didn't align with the program contents. Throughout the year I was busy in the cryptocurrency space and made quite a bit of money. This motivated me to start studying computer science.

    So in 2020 I graduated cum laude with my BSc in Applied Artificial Intelligence, from an average institution in my country. During those 3 years I realized I missed some economics, business, management,...
    I am now studying for an MSc in Commercial Sciences at the number 1 university in my country. I have to complete 1 year of study to catch up on some important courses I missed in the bachelor's degree before I can complete the 1 year master's degree.
    I'm confident I can get a strong gpa in this program because I'm very interested in the course contents and motivated to do well.

    I only did 1 GMAT mock test and got a 600, I think with some practice I could improve this drastically.

    As for work experience, I have a few short internships and part-time student jobs.
    I had an internship at a big petrochemical company in Antwerp, I worked in their energy department and automated their checklists for checking all the various valves etc. I worked there for 1 month during the summer.

    During my off time in school I worked as a paid volunteer, to teach the elderly how to use new technologies (tablets, smartphones,...)

    I also completed a 3 month internship at a medium-sized IT consultancy company. Working on a proof of concept for a IoT device to be used in the elderly care sector.

    My extracurriculars are decent as well I think. First off, I've been a member of my local youth movement for 12 years. In 2016 I became a youth leader there. We organize events to raise funds and every sunday afternoon we plan activities to do with our group of kids (ages 6-17). This has thaught me a lot of planning and management skills.
    Also, 2 years ago, I won a contest together with my brother and 3 other people. We came up with an innovative startup idea in the theme of '"circular economy". This won us a free trip to Singapore to visit big companies, institutions and startups. We visited INSEAD for example, this trip sparked my interests in getting a degree there.
    I've also been doing powerlifting for 4.5 years now , planning to compete for the first time in 2021.

    I hope anyone can give me some valuable insights here. I'm mostly worried about the 1 year gap in my academics journey. INSEAD and their vision really appealed to me when we visited there on our Singapore trip, so I hope to one day be able to study there.

    Thanks for any help,
    Warre

  • Posted by thomas.graf on 10/01/20 12:04pm

    Hi there,

    please check the survey The MIM - Entry Requirements for the Master in Management to see the admissions criteria of 53 business schools and their selection focus. Including HEC and ESSEC...

    Best wishes,
    Thomas Graf

    Founder of the MIM Compass
    Author of the MIM eBooks