Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Admits in the Biergarten

This Monday we finally managed to set up a get together of admits in Munich. Unfortunately we met just the day Jorge & Dani had left, but I heard they had met another admit the previous week so I hope they enjoyed their time in Germany. We were five people, two girls three guys, three Germans, one French and one Spanish, so not as diverse as Patxi's Bay Area meeting, but given the fact that we're in Munich that's a very good record.

We had a nice time chatting about moving to London and flathunting. At the same time, we were watching in the Spain - Tunisia match shown on a big screen in the Biergarten. Luckily Spain won so that our Spanish and hispanophile admits were happy. As it turned out, at some point one of the admits mentioned a friend of his would join us, and suddenly a colleague of mine is standing in front of me, and not any colleague but a "peer", a guy who started the same month as me and whom I hadn't seen in two years. So I spent lots of the remaining time talking to him, and then it turned out we were staying in the same hotel so we went back together, just in time before the rain started.

Only about 7 working days left here and things are pretty relaxing now. We have a new team mate (an INSEAD MBA) who will replace me, so I'm just doing the handover right now. It's very different from a few months ago, I get out around 8 or 9pm these days, we go for dinner or drinks once in a while and things are good. Still, I'm very happy it 's over soon.

These days several people have contacted me who couldn't decide between INSEAD and LBS. One guy I met at the admits weekend called me to ask my opinion, and to be honest I think there are people for who INSEAD makes more sense, or might be a financially more viable option. Then one day after that another admit emailed me and asked the exact same question. And an Arab colleague of mine wanted to go to LBS but his parents are strongly "suggesting" him to go to INSEAD instead. So somehow I got the impression there is good hope for R4 admits and waiting list candidates, there are still lots of admits pondering other choices.

3 comments:

Moe said...

That beer looks good right about now!

Anonymous said...

Very interesting to see that a Insead MBA is replacing you...

angie said...

hey anonymous, that's not unusual, since it is not a replacement as it would be in a corporate job, in the end they are just projects and partners are always trying to get people with a couple of years of experience, so they would have taken someone with less experience to replace me as well, but it turned out an MBA became available so they thought even better. Below project manaement level it doesn't really matter if you're an associate or a business analyst, it's much more important how long you've been working in consulting.