my professional shorterm goal is to get into management consultancy. I speak german, italian (did my bachelor there), english.
I got invited to an interview for following program: (100 get invited, 70 accepted)
What do you think about it?
I also applied to LSE International Management (rejected), SSE (offer), Warwick (offer) and Cass (offer). Till now Rotterdam is my first choice.
I am thinking about to apply HEC Paris (deadline over), LBS and St. Gallen.
What do you think? Would a degree from one of this universites give me a further benefit for my career in management consultancy?
Useful answer would be very nice! Thank you!
Last edited by latteuht; 16-03-2012 at 13:39.
(Original post by Nightseye)
Most people I know who went to HEC Paris strongly disliked it. The campus is terrible, course organisation is a mess and you're 1-2 hours by public transport to Paris, as the campus is located outside of a village. The name on your CV is good, but the overall experience leaves alot to be desired.
I spent a year on exchange at HEC. I was taking classes along with Grande Ecole students (Master in Management) and I knew a good few people there who were doing CEMS.
(Original post by effofex)
Is this for students on the CEMS (equivalent) program at HEC or for all programs.
The students I have spoken to at HEC seem to have pretty positive reviews of the place (from an academic/career perspective). I guess the course duration is quite short though - 8 months.
I absolutely loved it, as did most people. The campus may be a little bit cut off, but it's still only 30/40 minutes from Paris by suburban train (RER). Almost everyone lives on campus which gives it a great atmosphere, and though the food isn't great, you'll never get bored - the parties on campus are ridiculous.
The teaching is top class, most lecturers have worked in industry for a number of years or are still working in industry and teaching part-time. Classes are small and very specialised, with a focus on group work and continuous assessment. From a careers perspective, I can't recommend it enough. As you probably know it's been ranked the top business school in Europe for the past 6 years by the FT. There's a couple of different careers fairs there every year and every major employer is present. I know people who've moved on to consultancy in London and Paris after HEC, they're really highly sought after.
If you have the chance to go there, take it - you will not regret it.
Last edited by campbeco; 07-03-2012 at 12:15.
Zurich is maybe 2 hours away by bike.
(Original post by Nightseye)
St Gallen is pretty good too, but its also located in a small-ish city, 2 hours from Zurich. Most people I know had a pretty good experience there, and I think you can have some pretty interesting classes... Also, the students there dress up quite a bit apparently :P Life in Switzerland is a bit more expensive (in terms of food and transport), though I don't know how much accommodation is in St Gallen.
Train is a bit longer than 1 hour and car is roughly an hour.
Switzerland is very expensive. St. Gallen is less expensive than the bigger cities. Accommodation is roughly 500-600CHF incl. fees. Living expenses are on London level (groceries more expensive, everything else probably slightly less).
I seriously doubt that HEC is MUCH better than any of the other mentioned universities.
(Original post by Frenchous)
Exactly, HEC is much better than all the other schools mentioned above (bar maybe LBS).
The idiot who said above that RSM > HEC is ridiculously deluded.
St. Gallen blows HEC out of the water for consultancy. RSM is 3rd in a group of those, but that's not by a wide margin given their access to the German, Dutch and British market.
For IB HEC probably dominates St. Gallen for London placement, but again not by a wide margin. Given the fact that most Swiss graduates dont want to leave Switzerland, this is not very surprising.
If we are talking salaries, then St. Gallen is probably the best out of the ones listed.
Overall, this is all hypothetical, and in real life all of those schools are great and you wont have trouble finding a job almost anywhere in Europe. With good grades, you can literally choose your job - no matter which of those schools.
Last edited by Spurious; 10-03-2012 at 20:20.