I am a telecom professional (currently based in Germany for the last 8 years) with ~16 years of experience mainly in sales and business development. I planned to go for EMBA now. I applied to few schools and received offers from all of them. Finally, I shortlisted 2 of them - ESMT and Warwick. As it comes closer, it is getting difficult for me now to make a final decision.
From the career goals perspective, I am not expecting a complete shift in career (e.g. telecom to investment banking or so). What I want is to have a combination of quality education, good career progression, globally known school (rankings maybe) and a diverse profile in MBA class.
I tried to write down few pros and cons of each:
Pros: Easy to manage (direct train to berlin from my place), 1.5 years duration, good ranking.
Cons: German tag (not sure about its value when I plan to move in Asia in future), Cohort (mostly Germans I believe), generally Germany is not known for MBAs, slightly higher fee etc.
Pros: Good brand, much more international, high quality education in UK, Rankings, very good campus etc.
Cons: Travelling from Germany to UK in every 5-6 weeks, VISA hassles (I need visa being Indian), 2 years duration against 1.5 years in ESMT. any impact of Brexit (I have no clue about it).
Independent of both schools, in general, I am lil scared about the quality of cohort during this Coronavirus pandemic. I heard that MBA schools are finding it difficult to get students in these tough times. Can it impact the quality of cohort? Also, is there a danger of shifting all classes online? My main motivation is to grow my professional work by F2F interaction.
Your help will be highly appreciated. I have only 2 days to decide as the deadline of offers are approaching.
[Edited by elaliga on May 30, 2020]