Cambridge / LBS / Insead / HEC for American to work in Europe


ta3ppa3
Hi all. This maybe a moot point now, since I've just finished my applications and it will be a bit of time until I get a response, probably. But I'd like to get some ideas about the best course of action if one or more of my apps is accepted...

About me: American, working in consulting. 27M. Graduated from a top 50 school with a 3.8 GPA, plus some extracurriculars (I headed a student club for example). 4 years of total work experience. 760 GMAT.

Goals: to study in and then work in Europe for several years, in consulting. I applied to Insead, HEC Paris, Cambridge, and LBS.

My French skills are decent. I would call myself 'business fluent.' I took French classes throughout high school and college, and spent some time in France through a study abroad trip and then after I graduated from college. Working / living in France has been a dream of mine for some time. If I had a choice I would choose Paris over London, but I've hedged my bets with the UK schools, just in case.

Anyway, I'd appreciate any insights about my career goals based on these schools, as well as realistic input on whether or not I'll get in.
Hi all. This maybe a moot point now, since I've just finished my applications and it will be a bit of time until I get a response, probably. But I'd like to get some ideas about the best course of action if one or more of my apps is accepted...

About me: American, working in consulting. 27M. Graduated from a top 50 school with a 3.8 GPA, plus some extracurriculars (I headed a student club for example). 4 years of total work experience. 760 GMAT.

Goals: to study in and then work in Europe for several years, in consulting. I applied to Insead, HEC Paris, Cambridge, and LBS.

My French skills are decent. I would call myself 'business fluent.' I took French classes throughout high school and college, and spent some time in France through a study abroad trip and then after I graduated from college. Working / living in France has been a dream of mine for some time. If I had a choice I would choose Paris over London, but I've hedged my bets with the UK schools, just in case.

Anyway, I'd appreciate any insights about my career goals based on these schools, as well as realistic input on whether or not I'll get in.
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laurie
If you're looking at MBB firms, LBS and Insead would be the typical choices. If you're looking at non-MBB firms, look at recruiters lists at each school.

Of Insead grads with MBB goals, many don't end up working in France at all, but go to London or another hub. It's the nature of the business. Smaller firms with relatively large presences in France (OC&C) may instead hire for roles in France.
If you're looking at MBB firms, LBS and Insead would be the typical choices. If you're looking at non-MBB firms, look at recruiters lists at each school.

Of Insead grads with MBB goals, many don't end up working in France at all, but go to London or another hub. It's the nature of the business. Smaller firms with relatively large presences in France (OC&C) may instead hire for roles in France.
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ta3ppa3
I would say I will be targeting either MBB or firms like Deloitte, Accenture, etc.

Do you think it's a realistic goal to work at one of these firms in France? Or would I be better off setting my sails towards London?
I would say I will be targeting either MBB or firms like Deloitte, Accenture, etc.

Do you think it's a realistic goal to work at one of these firms in France? Or would I be better off setting my sails towards London?
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laurie
I think that those level firms operating in France would probably be looking for those experienced with the French market - probably native French speakers.

That's not to say it doesn't happen. Have you tried scouring LinkedIn to see if there's anybody in those firms that have made a similar career progression? Might be worth exploring, either there, or by asking the schools themselves.
I think that those level firms operating in France would probably be looking for those experienced with the French market - probably native French speakers.

That's not to say it doesn't happen. Have you tried scouring LinkedIn to see if there's anybody in those firms that have made a similar career progression? Might be worth exploring, either there, or by asking the schools themselves.
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ta3ppa3
Got it, thanks.
Got it, thanks.
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launarose
Hi! I'm just checking in to see which of these schools you decided on. I'm also considering LBS and as an American your experiences there would be interesting to hear about.
Hi! I'm just checking in to see which of these schools you decided on. I'm also considering LBS and as an American your experiences there would be interesting to hear about.
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