EMBA: Applying to IE (Spain), ESSEC and EDHEC (France)


Miguel

Hello everyone,



This post is to hear from you what my overall acceptance chances would be given my background.



A bit about myself:



I am a 38 yo media agency guy from Peru.

13 years of experience, always in digital advertising and digital marketing.

Currently lead the digital practice for global network in Peru and Colombia.

Also lead the LATAM ecomm account for a global tech brand.

Been in local and regional leadership positions for about 5 - 6 years with direct teams reporting to me (varied in size 3 to 11 people).

Didn't finish 5 years college. 2.2 GPA. (Financial reasons)



Had been talking to EDHEC and ESSEC. ESSEC invited me to interview (Given my academic background, I believe this is a good sign). EDHEC also invited but was more hesitant. Haven't heard back from IE.



Why am I aiming at those 3?

Budget, they all move around the 60k EUR mark, which is about my limit. I want the biggest bang for my buck. they 3 are ranked around 10th in the FT ranking for 2022.



What I am looking for?

In this order of importance:

1. Highest chance to enter into the european labor market (France or Spain) and permanently move to Europe

2. More seniority, being able to be part of the strategic marketing decisions

3. Income improvement

4. Switching from media agency to marketing side

5. Switching to luxury



What are my strong points? I think 3

1. I'm a digital marketing expert, with a strong focus on performance marketing and ecommerce

2. I come from a very diverse background (half japanese from a latin american country applying to a french/spanish EMBA)

3. Have an interesting life story



What are my weak points? Also 3

1. Didn't finished college and low GPA

2. Not much extra-curricular activities

3. Still not quite sure if I am a good fit for those 3 b-schools I intend to apply to. (I am not entirely familiar with those schools, in these latitudes American B-Schools are more popular so I can have more info about them)



Please, give me your most brutal opinions about this. Also I'd love to have a chat with people that are currently in any of those EMBAs or have been in one of those.



Thank you in advance

[Edited by Miguel on Jun 09, 2023]

Hello everyone, <br>
<br>
This post is to hear from you what my overall acceptance chances would be given my background.<br>
<br>
A bit about myself:<br>
<br>
I am a 38 yo media agency guy from Peru. <br>
13 years of experience, always in digital advertising and digital marketing.<br>
Currently lead the digital practice for global network in Peru and Colombia.<br>
Also lead the LATAM ecomm account for a global tech brand.<br>
Been in local and regional leadership positions for about 5 - 6 years with direct teams reporting to me (varied in size 3 to 11 people).<br>
Didn't finish 5 years college. 2.2 GPA. (Financial reasons)<br>
<br>
Had been talking to EDHEC and ESSEC. ESSEC invited me to interview (Given my academic background, I believe this is a good sign). EDHEC also invited but was more hesitant. Haven't heard back from IE.<br>
<br>
Why am I aiming at those 3? <br>
Budget, they all move around the 60k EUR mark, which is about my limit. I want the biggest bang for my buck. they 3 are ranked around 10th in the FT ranking for 2022.<br>
<br>
What I am looking for?<br>
In this order of importance:<br>
1. Highest chance to enter into the european labor market (France or Spain) and permanently move to Europe<br>
2. More seniority, being able to be part of the strategic marketing decisions<br>
3. Income improvement<br>
4. Switching from media agency to marketing side<br>
5. Switching to luxury<br>
<br>
What are my strong points? I think 3<br>
1. I'm a digital marketing expert, with a strong focus on performance marketing and ecommerce<br>
2. I come from a very diverse background (half japanese from a latin american country applying to a french/spanish EMBA)<br>
3. Have an interesting life story<br>
<br>
What are my weak points? Also 3<br>
1. Didn't finished college and low GPA<br>
2. Not much extra-curricular activities<br>
3. Still not quite sure if I am a good fit for those 3 b-schools I intend to apply to. (I am not entirely familiar with those schools, in these latitudes American B-Schools are more popular so I can have more info about them)<br>
<br>
Please, give me your most brutal opinions about this. Also I'd love to have a chat with people that are currently in any of those EMBAs or have been in one of those.<br>
<br>
Thank you in advance
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StuartHE

Where will you live during this EMBA, considering that you can't get a student visa for a part-time degree? How good is your French? 

Where will you live during this EMBA, considering that you can't get a student visa for a part-time degree? How good is your French?&nbsp;
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Miguel

Where will you live during this EMBA, considering that you can't get a student visa for a part-time degree? How good is your French? 

Hi Stuart, 
1. Got two options, apply for a digital nomad visa in Portugal or Spain, and move between France and Spain. Or get relocated by my current employer into a Europe office.
2. My french is very basic, but if accepted, will take a intensive french training until intake in march next year to at least be able to socially interact in french.

[quote]Where will you live during this EMBA, considering that you can't get a student visa for a part-time degree? How good is your French?&nbsp; [/quote]<br>Hi Stuart,&nbsp;<br>1. Got two options, apply for a digital nomad visa in Portugal or Spain, and move between France and Spain. Or get relocated by my current employer into a Europe office.<br>2. My french is very basic, but if accepted, will take a intensive french training until intake in march next year to at least be able to socially interact in french.<br>
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StuartHE

Did you consider the EMMS degree at ESADE? There's also a Spanish-language version. 

Did you consider the EMMS degree at ESADE? There's also a Spanish-language version.&nbsp;
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Miguel

Did you consider the EMMS degree at ESADE? There's also a Spanish-language version. 

Thanks, no I haven't. I'm not really sure if this would allow me to move towards more senior leadership positions, although I see a significant reduction in cost vs an EMBA. What I prize in the EMBA programs is the senior networking I can make in order to land more job opportunities. 
Do you think that EMMS program would allow me to do that?

[quote]Did you consider the EMMS degree at ESADE? There's also a Spanish-language version.&nbsp; [/quote]<br>Thanks, no I haven't. I'm not really sure if this would allow me to move towards more senior leadership positions, although I see a significant reduction in cost vs an EMBA. What I prize in the EMBA programs is the senior networking I can make in order to land more job opportunities.&nbsp;<br>Do you think that EMMS program would allow me to do that?
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StuartHE

I don't know performance marketing well, but I think that the language barrier matters the most in marketing and consulting. If you don't speak French now and don't have it as a key life goal [e.g. French-speaking partner] I would focus on northern Spain. IESE and ESADE have a less edgy brand position than IE, which helps them fit more into larger organisations. I would certainly look at IESE and ESADE EMBAs, if you wanted to go into organisations that are traditional MBA recruiters, and the EMMS, EMDB, EMMV or EMiM at ESADE for other firms. 

I don't know performance marketing well, but I think that the language barrier matters the most in marketing and consulting. If you don't speak French now and don't have it as a key life goal [e.g. French-speaking partner] I would focus on northern Spain. IESE and ESADE have a less edgy brand position than IE, which helps them fit more into larger organisations. I would certainly look at IESE and ESADE EMBAs, if you wanted to go into organisations that are traditional MBA recruiters, and the EMMS, EMDB, EMMV or EMiM at ESADE for other firms.&nbsp;
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Miguel

I don't know performance marketing well, but I think that the language barrier matters the most in marketing and consulting. If you don't speak French now and don't have it as a key life goal [e.g. French-speaking partner] I would focus on northern Spain. IESE and ESADE have a less edgy brand position than IE, which helps them fit more into larger organisations. I would certainly look at IESE and ESADE EMBAs, if you wanted to go into organisations that are traditional MBA recruiters, and the EMMS, EMDB, EMMV or EMiM at ESADE for other firms. 


Thanks Stuart, I totally get the language barrier and in my plan I'll be working on that, before and during the EMBA.
I'd like to know how you see my chances to getting admitted to those schools (ESSEC, EDHEC, IE)?

[quote]I don't know performance marketing well, but I think that the language barrier matters the most in marketing and consulting. If you don't speak French now and don't have it as a key life goal [e.g. French-speaking partner] I would focus on northern Spain. IESE and ESADE have a less edgy brand position than IE, which helps them fit more into larger organisations. I would certainly look at IESE and ESADE EMBAs, if you wanted to go into organisations that are traditional MBA recruiters, and the EMMS, EMDB, EMMV or EMiM at ESADE for other firms.&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>Thanks Stuart, I totally get the language barrier and in my plan I'll be working on that, before and during the EMBA.<br>I'd like to know how you see my chances to getting admitted to those schools (ESSEC, EDHEC, IE)?
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Duncan

My take: you would be an easy admit that those schools assuming you are not in their bottom quartile for GMAT and GPA. 

My take: you would be an easy admit that those schools assuming you are not in their bottom quartile for GMAT and GPA.&nbsp;
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Miguel

My take: you would be an easy admit that those schools assuming you are not in their bottom quartile for GMAT and GPA. 


Hi Duncan, that's my fear. Didn't finish 5 years college. 2.2 GPA (out of 4). (Financial reasons). 
Do you think I'm up for a challenge here?

[quote]My take: you would be an easy admit that those schools assuming you are not in their bottom quartile for GMAT and GPA.&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>Hi Duncan, that's my fear. Didn't finish 5 years college. 2.2 GPA (out of 4). (Financial reasons).&nbsp;<br>Do you think I'm up for a challenge here?
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Duncan

Do you mean you didn't graduate? 

Do you mean you didn't graduate?&nbsp;
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Miguel

Do you mean you didn't graduate? 

Yes, I did not graduate. This is a known fact to the recruitment officers.

[quote]Do you mean you didn't graduate?&nbsp; [/quote]<br>Yes, I did not graduate. This is a known fact to the recruitment officers.
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