Insead AlumniCareer Tool Box Insead Alumni Association France
Contents How to master your career "What?" and "Where to?" questions Reality heck and planning How to make smarter moves Networking & social networking Make yourself seen and heard What to expect from us… The School and the Alumni network The Alumni Association France
1. How to master your career
How to master your career Self-assessment is key Reflection takes time, so plan in advance Get help! Loved ones, close friends, alumni, career professionals… Don't reinvent your wheel: retrieve earlier reflection & tools (MBTI, Career Leader, ...) Write! Write down plans and thoughts (carry a dedicated notebook)
First, ask...(ask yourself, ask your close ones)
"What?" questions What am I as a professional? What is key to my engagement in my professional life What I succeeded in What I am good at, what I know,(technical and soft skills), who I know What I love doing What I need to have to sustain my chosen life
A startup? Consulting? NGOs? Self employment? An industry I'm passionate about? "Where to?" questions Dream first…(don't forget to dream)
"Where to?" questions What do I want to actually be doing? Where do I (we as a family) want to live and work? In what kind of company culture do I want to work? What is my (our) preferred work/life balance? … That makes up for a direction
… Then plan(Plan your reality check)
Your personal plan Synthesize Choose the role(s) you prefer Select your industrie(s) of interest List companies Check with professional cultures Mind the growth (industry, company)
Your personal plan Define 4 options Your scenario of choice And plans B and C... ... And plan D, i.e. the way you don't like much, but certainly pays off.
How deep is your change? Track record Adaptability Conviction Motivation + network TransitionKey Success Factors Industry Same Different Same Role Different
2. How to make smarter moves: networking
Networking is key Build and maintain a strong network – start with your classmates, former colleagues and friends Extending your network is important both for successful career progression and significant job transitions (alumni pool: 41,000+ ) More than 70% new job leads come through networking contacts. More corporate recruiters are ‘quiet recruiting’ In a new job, raising your visibility and knowledge through internal networking with the right people increases success in management decisions. In leadership roles, internal and external networking is essential. The skills for successful leadership hinge on influence and strategic decisions based on diverse sources of knowledge.
Leadership Networking Networking skills critical
Transition Networking Networking and Transition types
Transition Networking Efficient Time Allocation
Networking Do's Start when you don’t need anything Start with your closest friends and extend in small steps Be a resource, be informed: give and take – it's a two-way street Quality not quantity - Effective networking is focused
Networking Tools Prepare your elevator pitch
Elevator pitch Focus on essence Your positioning statement should take no longer than 60 seconds to deliver Three (3) essential elements to give your contact a quick snapshot of: who you are what you can do – what makes you special and what you want. Practice and adapt
How to get in touch Use elevator pitch for introductory email: short & focused Subject line: attract interest – include ‘INSEAD’ if possible – otherwise your message may never be opened Content order:YOU (Why) - ME (positioning statement) – WE (information gathering) Keep the details for the call/meeting.
How to use social events Use social events (and enjoy them)!
Choose themed events – common interest
Prepare ideas to discuss
Use-adapt elevator pitch when opportunity arises
Introduce yourself to the organiser
Ask for introductions
Ask questions that show an interest in what others do
Exchange cards, write notes on the back. Record.
Strengthen weak ties – ask for referrals
How to use social events It should be a meaningful exchange of ideas with people ofsimilar interests Focus on gathering pertinentinformation. Start with a little knowledge and build - Listen more than talk about yourself
3. What to expect from Inseadand Alumni Association
What to expect from the school… A network!
Whom to network with The diversity of the alumni network: Inseadalumni work across 50 sectors Top 10 industries
Whom to network with Total alumni population of 41,100 The alumni community is growing by >1500 per year
Whom to network with Finding alumni contacts on INSEAD Connect : The alumni platform firstname.lastname + Password https://alumni.insead.edu Email post–graduation: login details for INSEAD Connect To access alumni career services, you must be a member of the alumni association (EMBA 6 months free trial membership)
How to Find Alumni Search for alumni contacts on INSEAD Connect (alumni platform)
Global Clubs and Interest Groups
Breaking down the geographical boundaries
Joining the different INSEAD communities
Alumni Career Services
Career advisory platform ‘Self-service’ guidance
Insead Career Link Job Postings from and for the alumni community
What to expect from Insead Alumni Association France
Come to the workshops! 10+ events every month Know yourself (career-wise) Drive your career Communicate and sell yourself well Major Career topics covered by top consultants How to handle terminations and transitions Networking basics and more Orientation, re-orientation… In French or English This is an opportunity for networking! Contact: BéatriceVerhille firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel. +33(0)1 42 12 09 01 Career Workshops
Career Talk Ask for advice A professional counsel at hand Every Monday morning 45-min sessions Free! In French or English Appointments: BéatriceVerhille email@example.com, Tel. +33(0)1 42 12 09 01
Job Search with Alumni Looking for a job? Wishing to help? Join "RSE" meetings (Recherchesolidaired'emploi) Every 3rd Tuesday of the Month 10-12 participants Expose your projects, get feedback Expand your network Learn from peers and seasoned alumni Share your own experience and contacts Contact: BéatriceVerhille firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel. +33(0)1 42 12 09 01
Job postings See offers from top French schools Visit www.manageurs.com Access with your alumni ID To and from biz and engineering schools Over 10,000 offers Upload your profile Get alerts Free!!
Get known Insead alumni association's "Mini-CV" We send a set of Alumni resumes every month to major headhunters Send us your profile! Contact: SolennaLebeltel email@example.com
Join social events 20+ clubs by industries Finance & Private Equity Retail & Luxury Business club Meetings in bars Contact: SolennaLebeltel firstname.lastname@example.org
Involve yourself You have a position to offer? Or improvement suggestions? Help is welcome!
Thanks! Vincent Giolito Nicolas Bontron => BéatriceVerhille 01 42 12 09 01 email@example.com