I've been joining IMD webinars, reading the school newsletters and twitter posts, viewing the youtube videos, joining discussions on GMATclub, and getting to know the my fellow classmates on "yammer", in the class of 2014's social networking group.
I have also been scouring the web for anything and everything related to the IMD experience. I've come across some great blogs from those who have blazed the path ahead of me, full of insights of what life was like for them during their year in Lausanne.
Some of my favorite after the jump.
Props to Howie for being able to do what I hope I will be able to do as well - keep the blog going during (and after!) his MBA. His blog is full of interesting insights about what he has learned from the IMD experience. It's very cool to see how his year at IMD is making a difference in his post-MBA life.
His latest entry, where he talks about what he's learned as a foreign employee, is a pretty good example of what his blog is all about.
Howie also has an excellent series of articles on Bloomberg BusinessWeek's "MBA Journal" column that are worth checking out.
Thorsten is another IMD graduate who was able to keep his blog running throughout his year as a student. He has some very detailed accounts of his experience in classes, and really does a good job showing some of the ins-and-outs of the IMD MBA.
Check out this post where he describes "crisis management" scenario exercise. Great stuff!
Another great blog from a student from the class of 2008 documenting some of his learnings and experiences from his IMD MBA.
Here's a nice post talking about some of the assitance he received from IMD's career services.
The class of 2009 kept a blog during their discovery expedition to South Africa. I've read a lot about the discovery expedition from IMD's website, but it's great to have a first-hand account of what the experience is like.
Here's an example of the kinds of companies and experiences the IMD MBAs encounter during the expedition.
- Partners' blogs
The partners do a great job year after year of documenting their experience and sharing tidbits of what they've learned during their time in Lausanne. The partner blogs really help paint a picture of what life at IMD will be like beyond the classroom for folks like me who are lucky enough to have our "other halves" supporting us in our journey.
Here are some of my favorite posts from the partners' blogs:
"What about me?" - a partner reflects on how she and her husband established a nice routine to be able to spend time with each other frequently (it's possible!) - and reflects on how she will improve herself during her year in Lausanne.
"Grocery shopping in Lausanne" - some great tips about how to find the best prices and how grocery shopping in general works in Lausanne.
"A partner's perspective" - A partner reflects on her day-to-day life and how things are going during her time at IMD.
Here is a link to each of the last few years' partners' blogs:
2012 Partners' blog
2011 Partners' blog
2010 Partners' blog
2009 Partners' blog
Always cool to check out what the current students have been up to in the official IMD student blogs.