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Why I decided to do an MBA – and why I quit  

Why I decided to do an MBA

The idea of an MBA was bugging me for years. Around 9 years, to be exact. mba

But because I come from a developing country and have a certain type of culture, I thought I could never do it. I didn’t think I was good/smart enough, and my university teachers were not helping me either.

Back then you wouldn’t hear much about international programs, like Erasmus or Leonardo da Vinci, for example, which are for undergraduates. You had to know someone that knew someone that had already done it. Anyway, for a while I stopped thinking of it.I started working at 20, created a career plan in my mind and followed it. Until one point, when I realised how little I knew, how vast knowledge is and how conditioned I was because of my job.

What also contributed was the fact that I decided to leave my country and start working in France. After you leave behind all the stereotypes related to it, you discover a country full of bright people who want to live in a better world, that value their heritage and don’t just follow others. That made me want to do the same!

So after 2 years of living in France, I started thinking that I wanted to become an entrepreneur, maybe create a “social economy” project, and change things for the better in my birth country, or even the world. And what better way of learning how to run a business when you have no experience? After searching, I finally decided for a school in London.

Yes, it’s an expensive city and the MBA’s are expensive too. But the experience you get cannot be measured in money. Plus, if you’re a good negotiator (which I am not, yet) you can convince your company to pay it for you, or you can find a crowd-funding source or a scholarship. As I am writing this, the first MBA session is finishing. We didn’t take any actual courses yet, but we already have assignments (great teaser for the brain!).

During these 3 days, I have met amazing people from all over the world(Tanzania, Italy, Cameroon, USA, Lebanon, etc), who not only want to know more and make more money – they also want to improve their environment through innovating projects that can help their countries.

Feel free to contact me if you want to know more about the MBA world – it’s a complicated one if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for.

I wrote this in October 2013, when I was embarking at the same time for a new job in Paris. So here comes the “Why I quit” part 🙂  

In the months that came, I was too busy with work and couldn’t continue with the MBA so the plan was to go back a year later.

But as I was rediscovering Paris, something changed in me – slowly but surely….. I started to do most of my grocery shopping in an organic store or in a local farmers market. I started working in an NGO and donating money/time to others (in France, 66% is paid by the State when you donate), started to crowd fund a lot more than before and did other “social” or “green” activities.

The time went by, and one day, after a meeting with a banker for a study loan, it hit me – I didn’t need an MBA to make a difference in the world. I didn’t need an MBA to prove myself that I am smart.

All I had to do was to write down my ideas and start changing things one step at a time.

So that’s what I’m trying to do now: buy vintage (second hand), buy organic and local, consume less electricity and less water, etc. And this is only the beginning!!

As for the MBA, I’m sure you’ll take the right decision 😉

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Scholarship documents

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Ok, so you’re looking for a scholarship.

After a few weeks/months of search, you have found the one you like and you want to apply for it.

But did you think at what you need in order to apply for a scholarship? Sometimes the schools or foundations have tight deadlines, so if you don’t have everything ready, you might lose a chance that will never come back.

Below you will find a list of a few documents you might need, depending of course on your needs and age (for example they won’t require a CV for someone that needs a high school scholarship).

1.       CV – it’s one of the most important things you need to think about when you are applying, especially for an MBA or University scholarship. Here you should list your past work experiences but not only: volunteering or all other sorts of projects that you did should be mentioned here.

2.       Cover letter/Letter of motivation – besides the CV, this can really help you get the money you need for your school – and that’s because here you can talk more or less freely about your accomplishments, but also about your future goals and how the money would help you attain those goals.

3.       References – 2 or 3 contacts, like professors or former work colleagues.

4.       1 or 2 letters of recommendation from professors/former managers.

5.       Grades – depending on the system in your school, you should be able to provide transcripts from the last 4 to 5 years, in general. Don’t underestimate it, as if you are searching for a merit scholarship, this is the main thing they will ask you.

6.       Passport/Identity card copy – to prove your identity, of course.

7.       Photos – 4 or 6 generally.

8.       Income declaration for you and/or your parents depending on the case and type of scholarship.

9.       Visa/Residence permit – if you are going to study in a different country.

10.   Medical certificates – sometimes this is asked in order to show your physical/mental health.

As I was saying, you might not need all of the above. But sometimes it’s better to be prepared 😉

Good luck on finding the best financial aid for you !

 

INA

 

 

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What to think about when choosing an MBA

Why you want to do it – for money, for you, for being international, etc. Some schools may be more international than others, while some are renowned but cost a lot of money.

Where you want to do it – if you do it in your country, it will surely be cheaper. But will get for example the international factor? Or the challenge of knowing a different culture?

How to pay it – some MBA’s cost 5 000 euros while others 100 000! So you really need to sort off your finances before.

When to do it – so you have 4 years of work experience and you want to do it. But isn’t that a bit too soon? You just got married AND you’re changing jobs – is this really the right time?

What to choose – there are full time ones, part times ones, focused on supply chain, luxury, etc! The offer is so vast today, and you really need to think about what would work best for you!

Choosing an MBA needs time and reflection. Take some time to answer these questions and others that come to your mind.

Good luck and… choose wisely 🙂

 

INA