Forum: Application & Admission (8 Comments)

urgent help : cems mim + nova sbe msc in management

  • Posted by - kanikanagpal - on 8 July 2015 - 8:31am


    I have been accepted in Nova SBE Msc in management for the year 2015-2016 and further have been accepted for CEMS 2016 - 2017.

    I am having certain doubts as to i should go or not. I realy want to go but i am having secons thoughts because of the recession in portugal

    i have also applied to NUS and Uni. of sydney for January 2016 for CEMS but i am not sure whether i will get through and i will feel guilty afterwords if i don't.

    Please help me and let me know if i should go to portugal or not as soon as possible as i have to pay the fees and take care of the varioua other things.


    • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 8 July 2015 - 3:41pm

      Hi there,

      choosing a program is an important decision. At the end of the day, it is yoru money, time and energy that you invest - and you want to see a clear outcome (e.g,, better job chances etc.).

      It's good that you have several options - but it is important to find out which program is better for you. In other words, which program helps you more to achieve your career goals.

      In my MIM eBook I describe step my step how you analyze programs and how you can find out if a program meets your needs - for example, if a program provides you with the benefits you need to achieve your goals.

      It is not possible to say one program is better than the other. It depends on your specific goals. Therefore, I recommend you to take an afternoon and read carefully my eBook. Think about it and then follow the steps that I recommend in the "ANALYZE" chapter.

      Best wishes

      By Thomas Graf
      Owner MIM Compass
      Author of the MIM eBook

      • Posted by - kanikanagpal - on 8 July 2015 - 4:04pm

        Thankx for your reply but could help me and tell me if Nova is a good school to go to?

        • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 8 July 2015 - 4:44pm

          Hi there,

          read my eBook to learn what a good school is and how you can identify it. I know you want a quick and simple answer but you need to do the work by yourself. After reading the book, you know whether Nova is a "good" school or not.


          • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 8 July 2015 - 7:03pm

            Look, the Nova School follows internatoinal management standards. It is acredited by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA and if you read my eBook, you what this means. It is also ranked in the FT MIM Ranking which creates international recognition for them.

            I am sure it is a "good" school - in the general sense. The question, however is - and that's what I want to make youaware of: Is it a good school for you? You need to analyze your personal career goals (e.g., you want to work as investment manager in the UK afterwards) and then assess to what extent the schol can help you achieve this.

            It is possible, for instance, that a good school has an excellent reputation but no connections to a specific industry. If you are interested in that specific industry where the school is weak - then it doesn't help you if the school is good.

            Also, you must find out how good the school's career service is and how many find a job, howfast, where etc. It doesn't help you if the school is "good", as expressed by accreditations or rankings. if it doesn't help you find your employer.

            Again, I recommend you to read through my eBook, digest it, and then analyze the school again.


            • Posted by - kanikanagpal - on 9 July 2015 - 3:04am


              I have been trying to search that as well but i think if you call the embessey or the admissions deartment they can help you out with this and also for jobs you need to learn portugese if you want to stay and work in portugal.

              • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 9 July 2015 - 9:31am

                Hi there,

                my personal opinion is: If your career goal is a job in Portugal and if the school cannot help you with this, then it is the wrong school (even if the school itself is not the problem but the job market). However, the situation may not be as bad if you consider the following:

                1. Find out about the actual placement situation at Nova and collect details: Who finds a job, how fast and where? You will find the TALK TO-chapter in my eBook helpful for this. Is this placement situation sufficient for you so that you want to study here? How much experience does the career office have with students of your nationality? Maybe you find out that graduates from Nova have a clear advantage to find a job even if it is no guarantee. And as mentioned above: Maybe you use the year to learn Portuguese and by this increase your career chances.

                2. Assess the value of the degree outside of Portugal. Consider a second country where you may want to work (e.g, Spain, India etc.,) and a firm of your interest there - would they recognize the degree? My intuition is, yes but you should clarify this. A related question: Does Nova have contacts to firms outside of Portugal and can you profit from this? Does Nova have connections to other campuses and can you study abroad for a while?

                3. You could also see it from a different perspective: Learning is always good as it makes you better. A degree from an internationally recognized school improves your competencies that you can use at any job in the world. Following this, your job chances should increase with such a degree independent of the Portuguese job market.

                4. What's your alternative? It surprises me over and over again how mayn students apply for schools withou clarifying in advance if the school is good enough for them. Then they receive the acceptance letter and from one day to the other they must make a decision. This creates unnecessary trouble that could have been avoided with a thorough preparation before. So, given your current situation - what's your best alternative? You must compare these alternatives and then decide what's the better option for you.


            • Posted by - kush wadhawan - on 8 July 2015 - 11:37pm

              Hello I am also accepted for master in management program in nova sbe. I m waiting because in Portugal there is recession and many people are unemployed .

              The program fits my goals directly but there are very few jobs in Portugal
              Do you know for how much time one can stay in Portugal after the course ?

              Please help me regarding this whether I should accept or not .