Four months into the Global MBA

by Gianluca Errico, ESSEC Global MBA Student Ambassador 2017-2018 | Finance Major
Over four months have passed since a new chapter of our life unfolded for our Global MBA cohort at ESSEC. When I arrived in September to begin this new adventure at ESSEC, I had doubts at the beginning if leaving my job and my comfort zone behind was the right choice and wondered if I could learn things that would be applicable in my next job within a 12-month program. 

How to nail your MBA interview in 5 steps

If you are reading this, chances are you have already received an invitation for an interview at your dream MBA program. Congrats! Getting through that first round of selection already is an achievement. Here are a few tips for your MBA interview to bring you a step closer to joining your dream MBA program.   

Does an MBA in Finance excite your synapses?

According to Albert Einstein, “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it… he who doesn’t… pays it.” If things like compound interest and accelerator theory excite your synapses, then you might be a good candidate for an MBA in Finance.

The degree is becoming increasingly popular—with hundreds of thousands of MBA students graduating at thousands of institutions worldwide each year—and with good reason. An MBA degree in Finance can expand your career options by preparing you with the techniques and frameworks you’ll need to assess projects, companies and securities, and make effective investment and risk-management decisions. As an MBA Finance graduate, you will have insight into how global market dynamics impact financial decision-making for businesses, and explore the underlying financial decision-making process of individual consumers.

If your synapses haven’t yet lit up like a New Year fireworks display, here are the benefits you’re likely to enjoy after achieving an MBA in Finance.

Preparing to ace your GMAT exam

If you are thinking about doing an MBA, you’ll first need to meet the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) requirement for it. It’s important to understand the purpose of the GMAT and what you’ll need to do to prepare for it.

The GMAT is developed by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). It's a three and a half hour standardized test used to assess the following criteria in an applicant:
  • Analytical skills 
  • Integrated reasoning skills 
  • Quantitative skills 
  • Verbal skills 
The measurement of these skills is necessary in order to identify if the applicant will meet the intense academic requirements of an MBA.

The GMAT is not a regular test, but a computer adaptive test (CAT). This means that the test is done on a computer, and that part of the test adapts to how well or badly you perform as you complete it.

Now that you know what the GMAT is, what are some of the steps you can take to ensure you do well for it?