How to prepare myself for CEMS MiM program?

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  • Posted by Adnan on 04/18/11 12:24pm

    Dear Admin,

    I am Adnan Ahmed Saleh. I am a B.B.A graduate (majored in Marketing and International Business) from North South University (NSU), Bangladesh. I just had my convocation this month. I initially joined my family trading business for couple of months. I have IELTS band score of 8.0 and planning to appear GMAT with in a month.

    I am very confused about my future. Frankly, i am not learning or get to apply my knowledge in my family business. I would need more disciplined way to climbing up or ground level nurturing which I failed to find here. Right now, I am hoping to find a job in other local companies or MNC soon and start working there before my further studies. I can join the family business later.

    I am very confused about the proper higher education abroad.
    But I would like to catch the 2012 session if its the MiM program.

    Can you please suggest me on how can a CEMS MiM program help me pursuing my future endeavor?
    How Can I make myself prepare for it properly?
    How is the international job opportunity for a MiM graduate?
    Does MBA hold greater value when it comes to getting a good job?

    Very much looking forward to your reply.

    Thanks and regards,


    • Posted by Thomas Graf on 04/18/11 1:04pm

      Dear Adnan,

      thank you for your message. I understand your ambition to acquire more knowledge and in a more structured way than your family business may be able tp provide you with now. A postgraduate education or a job at a bigger company thus may both be reasonable options.

      About the question MBA or MIM, please have a look at our article on this topic. In a nutshell, you can say that the MIM is good for the career start and the MBA is good for the career development.

      • You do an MIM if you have no or only few work experience and then start your career after graduation.
      • You do an MBA aftre being in job for a minimum of 3 years.

      There may be exceptions from school to school but these are the general guidelines.

      As for the question of CEMS, I am not an expert on them but they offer a very detailed and user-friendly website with contact data for requests. You will find your answers there and if there are still questions open I recommend you to send an email.

      From my personal impression, the CEMS program is excellent. They are Top1 (2009) and Top2 (2010) in the Financial Times Master in Management Ranking, they offer a huge network of partner universities which enriches the experience and opportunities for the CEMS studnets, and - most important for your question regarding job opportunities with an MIM - they offer a big network of partner companies who stand behind them.

      Best wishes

      • Posted by Adnan on 04/18/11 1:29pm

        Thanks a lot for elaborate reply.
        I will try to cope up with the requirements for MiM program as much as possible starting with
        a good GMAT score.

        Can I not do my MBA ever and try to participate in executive education from preferably
        top business school later on considering I will make that far in career? Will it help? Because if I keep repenting over not doing MBA, it will not help my self satisfaction no matter how big of a job I pull off.


        • Posted by Thomas Graf on 04/18/11 3:19pm

          Hi Adnan,

          in general, you have three stages after your undergrads:

          • Master (e.g. MIM): with no or only few work experience
          • MBA (fulltime or part-time): with 3 to 5 years of work experience
          • More than 5 years of work experience: Executive MBA (if you are in a leadership position; also, some schools require more than 5 years of work experience), again Part-Time MBA, or Executive Education such as workshops or certificate programs

          The Master is good for your career start, the MBA for your career development at early stages, the EMBA and the Ex Education for career development at later stages.

          What you decide for depends on

          1. What you want (e.g. do you have already the qualification at the moment for a satisfying career start? Then why doing a Master? If not, maybe a Master would help.
          2. Your resources (financial resources such as savings or scholarships, GMAT score etc.)

          Best wishes