The quest for wisdom, from France to China, of an HEC MBA & Tsinghua MBA dual degree student (class of 2011)
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First I would like to apologize for leaving my blog for such long period (over 3 months!) without any updates. Of course I could say I was busy and then recovering but it doesn’t justify much…
During my second semester at Tsinghua, on top of classes, I have been busying myself with the MIT China Lab program and my Tsinghua graduation thesis.
Chinese new year is the most important public celebration in the Chinese calendar. It is also a holiday opportunity which allows everyone to return to their families in the respective regions.
And class started again yesterday with, in particular, one class which may well be one of the most interesting of my MBA experience and which tells me that coming to Tsinghua for double degree was really the right choice.
I can’t believe it’s already been a month since my previous post.
Before I go and start the second chapter of my MBA experience, I wanted to reflect back on what I have learned and what I’ll take away from it.
3 classes I enjoyed:
Summer has arrived. After a little struggle (15°C on June 21st) heat has settled on campus, as well as the football world cup :)
Now, PP1 is almost done for me. I still have a couple of classes next week but I’ll be on vacation right after.
During PP1, we had the options of doing a long internship (5 months) of study electives. I was more interested by classes (and vacations) and I made a scrupulous selection based on my own interests and feedback from previous intakes.
In addition, as I was not accepted to the Luxury track (very selective) I tried to pick classes that would be most useful after my MBA, while being unique and hard to get at Tsinghua, as I will still have the chance to study electives there in September.
As a result, I took the following classes:
The quality of each class was variable, but I was generally very satisfied by my electives.
I should have mentionned it a while ago.
Indeed, the HEC MBA students organise two major events every year.
I’m all the more guilty of not mentionning it earlier on this blog that I participated a lot in the organisation of this event, which is part of the Visions of Leadership cycle.
This year, on May 28th and May 29th, we will welcome around 50 speakers and 400 participants who will discuss sustainability in its economic, social and environmental forms.
Pretty cool huh! :)
What can I say, I’m very glad I could pack away my coat and enjoy again nice walks around the campus. Flowers are just about everywhere these days. Everybody is in good mood :)
It is also time to look back as we have now completed our second Core phase.
During this period, I have learned about:
Like in Core 1, I didn’t know much about any of these topics.
I confirmed my strange taste for Financial Accounting as I enjoyed the classes we had in Management Accounting. This is big news for me and I’m now starting to include this skill into future career options. (Seriously, who’d want to include Accounting as a career option!)
I may say that this period has been as life changing as Core 1. But maybe as a continuation. I felt that Core 1 was a “Reset” time, while Core 2 was about (re)building my expectations.
Last week we had a conference cycle called Visions of Leadership.
This week long event was opened by Theodore Zeldin and saw leaders from a broad range of sectors. I was certainly impressed by the diversity of ways one can be a leader in. We had, of course, people coming from the corporate world, but also from smaller businesses and start-ups. Further from the typical MBA target, we saw ambassadors, sportsmen and a former head of the French army in Afghanistan.
It was a very interesting discovery for us. Not all leaders are charismatic and the “Follow me to my vision!” type. Some were more collected and exhibited a more serious demeanor. Some came with the notes and presentations while others could just sit in their chair and start talking. Some were shy.
One of the things this week left me thinking about was, actually, how we started the cycle.
Anyway, philosophical ponders…
After writing 3000+ worth of more essays, sending the university my 60 euros of application fees by post, and applying to the Tsinghua SEM IMBA independently, back in December, I received their response this week:
Me happy! (^__^)
I feel like I just took a step further toward China!
Just a quick article about the Tracks.
Some of you may know that the HEC MBA curriculum is composed of 4 phases:
Basically Core 1 and 2 are made up of mandatory foundation classes and Personalised Phase 1 and 2 are elective time.
Until recently, only Personalised Phase 2 allowed for specialisation where we can choose between Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management Innovation, Marketing and Strategy.
However, since last year, and more this year, we now have the possibility to also specialise during the Personalised Phase 1. The new tracks are planned to be more professional and one key factor is that they are HEC cross disciplinary tracks. Meaning that unlike the PP2 tracks, they are open not only to MBA students but also to other programmes from HEC such as the Grande Ecole or Specialised Masters.
Now I’ll let you guess to which one I’m going to apply ;)
Today is the last day of Core 1 and we are having our last Core 1 exam this morning (HR Management).
Yesterday, the HEC Campus was graced by snow. Yes! lots of snow! Making the surroundings of the campus really beautiful.
Someone organised a snow fight… which I joined ;)
During this period, I have learned about:
These were all subjects I didn’t know much about, except maybe HR Management. (They don’t teach you much in Consulting…)
So, can I say I’ve learned much? Yes! Definitely.
Can I say that my Core 1 experience at HEC changed my life? Yes again.