This week marked the start of the 2012 Next Steps seminar, a critical part of IESE's unique Young Talent Program (YTP.) Thirty-four future business leaders from more than a dozen countries - including the United States, India, Mexico, Germany and Pakistan - are on campus for the YTP.
"It’s a great opportunity," said 24-year-old participant Federico Travella of Belgium. "I think you have to wait for the right moment to get the position you want in an organization, but in my case, I see myself as an entrepreneur. I want to start my own company."
A total of 152 students have been admitted to the YTP since it was launched four years ago. The program gives participants the opportunity to spend two years working for a leading company associated with the YTP program, before embarking on IESE's high-ranking MBA program.
The intensive 1-week seminar familiarizes the future students with the case study method, as well as IESE's community and campus. It covers key management topics and includes a project, as well as team work. A special panel with current MBA students and a Career Orientation session also help prepare participants for their IESE experience.
The case method is "the best" because you can look deeply at information that is most relevant, said Travella, adding that "it’s not about the case, it’s about the discussion."
The goal of the YTP is to provide professional experience and support, as well as a distinctive path toward the MBA degree for future global business leaders.