Forum: School selection (2 Comments)

ESCP, Rotterdam, or Maastricht?

  • Posted by - tr1 - on 10 March 2014 - 5:39pm

    Hey Thomas, Hey Community,

    I just got accepted to ESCP's Master in Management program and have to decide which school to go to. My current realistic alternatives are RSM Rotterdam and Maastricht University.

    ESCP's #2 ranking is impressive, but many of my professional contacts here in Germany haven't heard of it, as opposed to Maastricht and Rotterdam. I already sent out e-mails to my preferred potential employers asking for their opinion on the the schools.

    Can you give me some input for my decision? How renowned is ESCP? I am planning to go into either a big FMCG company's Marketing department or into a management consultancy. I also do not want to be limited to a specific country, US, UK, or also more exotic parts of the world interest me. I would be thankful for your advice!

    • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 11 March 2014 - 10:37am

      Hi there,

      thank you for your post. How renowned is ESCP? Hm.... You have checked the rankings, right? So, I think it is reasonable to say that ESCP has a strong reputation. The real question, however, is how renowned it is among YOUR SPECIFIC employers. Hence, it should be a good approach to ask them - maybe not in an email since they will hardly give you recommendations of schools, but maybe by calling them and asking if they recruit at these schools and if they know and like them - or by talking to an career manager at an employers career fair.

      Also, you can talk to ESCP and ask which experience they have with placing their graduates at major marketing employers - if they have connections, if firms come on the campus, and if students fond a job there.

      By the way, I also recommend you to read my eBook "Roadmap to your Master in Business Degree 2014". Particularly, the advanced chapters might provide you with some inspirations.

      best wishes

      by Thomas Graf