In 2014, INSEAD career services underwent a major strategic review, resulting in a significant reorganisation and investment in the career support offered to students. Today, the new Career Development Centre provides students and working professionals with a more comprehensive experience for their career journey.
Under the leadership of a new global director in Singapore, Guido Gianasso, and with the director of the Europe campus, Ivy Kwan, the Career Development Centre spans three campuses with over 40 staff members. The offices now have new state-of-the art interview suites, thanks to the alumni who funded the MBA’75 Career and Interview Facility.
The transformative career services include: assigning each new MBA student a personal career advisor; providing a more integrated experience between coursework and career objectives; and increasing job opportunities through a strengthened team of employment engagement specialists.
This investment has resulted in improved relationships with students and an excellent recruitment record.
Personalising the Career Journey
Before arriving on campus, new MBA students begin to prepare for their careers after INSEAD. A new online course on CV writing helps students articulate their achievements in a clear, compelling way and then develop and execute their career strategies. The online course has been met with top reviews from students.
The Career Development team will continue to collaborate with Degree programmes to develop online courses for the creation of cover letters and LinkedIn profiles. The goal is to carve out time in the MBA curriculum for a more structured and rigorous approach to career development.
Every MBA student now is partnered with a personal career advisor to support them through their career journey - from admissions until their first job after graduation. The advisor and student develop a personal career plan together by identifying the individual’s strengths, interests and skills as well as analysing the current employment market.
A World-Class Strategy for Working Professionals
Last year, the Career Development Centre launched new alumni and executive services. Firstrate individual coaching and online support are now available worldwide as the services are built on a distance-learning model. INSEAD has hired a team of highly qualified career coaches well acquainted with the needs of INSEAD alumni. These coaches provide one-on-one support with free consultation by Skype to assess an individual’s needs. Participants can opt to continue with additional coaching hours at a special negotiated INSEAD rate.
Our working professionals also have access to our strong online career network – including a CV repository, search service for recruiters, job database, webinars and videos – to guide them through career development and change.
Working with International Alumni Association and National Alumni Association presidents to roll out a global strategy for lifelong alumni services, the Career Development Centre also organises two conferences each year on timely topics.
Revitalising Employer Engagement
Over the years, INSEAD has cultivated deep, long-lasting relationships with a remarkable list of employers. An expanded and highly attentive team of employer engagement specialists based on the Europe, Asia and the Middle East campuses will ensure our students leverage their INSEAD education to exciting career opportunities across the globe.
In 2015, highlights included entrepreneurship career fairs on our Singapore and Fontainebleau campuses, and a Middle East career forum with representation from 55 companies along with 200 MBA students, EMBA participants and alumni.
of our 2014/15 graduates reported employment three months after graduation
MARKETING, DEVELOPING AND CONNECTING TALENT
Marketing students and alumni to employers in the sectors and geographies where they want to work.
Developing career skills so that students and alumni can secure the right job upon graduation and for the rest of their careers.
Connecting students and alumni with the right opportunities through on-campus recruitment initiatives, job boards and CV searches as well as off-campus events.