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Maximilian Hensler: Exciting Experiences with ENPC
Maximilian Hensler, admitted to ENPC
By Anna Cianciara

Maximilian Hensler had many objectives when applying for ENPC’s MBA program. There were the usual MBA applicant aspirations: increased responsibility, increased salary, increased opportunities. However, he was also looking for something different - different from his routine, his work, his usual everyday life. The desire for adventure and personal development significantly influenced his decision to attend ENPC’s program. In the end, ENPC far surpassed his hopes for all of these factors. He further explores his experience at ENPC in the following article with the MBA Center.

Could you start by telling us a little about yourself?
My name is Maximilian Hensler, and I am 39 years old. I am German, having moved to France in 1999 following a job offer from a well-known Dutch company in the consumer electronics industry. I have a bachelor’s degree in business administration and IT, spent a year in Los Angeles as an intern after my studies, and started my career as IT consultant back in Germany in 1995. Since then, I have accumulated 11 years of professional experience in IT (mainly ERP systems) as consultant, SAP business analyst, and manager.

What were your reasons for choosing ENPC?
In the beginning it was a question of intuition. During my preliminary visit at the school, I felt good about what I saw and heard, and the atmosphere was rather relaxed. The location of the school is excellent - in St. Germain de Prés in the heart of Paris, and you feel somehow privileged attending the program located between famous universities like ENA or Sciences Po. The size of the class (never more than 50 students) assured me that this would be a very individual and more intensive experience than at other business schools, where sometimes you share classes with up to 200 other students. The school has a very good reputation, and it is very well known in France, which facilitates the search for a new job after the MBA. And of course, the faculty and the staff are excellent! Looking at the list of the professors and their CVs (accessible on the ENPC’s website), I was very impressed by the high caliber of the faculty - all of them are unique personalities. Last but not least: compared to other business schools, the program is affordable - in French you would say: “un excellent rapport qualité / prix.”

So, why did you choose to do an MBA at this point in your life?
I decided to do an MBA in order to have a break from my job – to speak frankly, I got quite bored and needed a change and a different intellectual challenge. I could not really live with the idea that I needed to continue working for the next twenty-five years until my retirement without gaining any new experiences outside of work and some holidays. More important, perhaps, is the fact that I wanted to meet new quality people and to increase my international network. Also, going back to class often creates a new opportunity for self-discovery, and I wanted to know whether or not I would be able to do it.

How would you describe the learning environment at ENPC?
The system of “block teaching” enables the school to hire professors on a short-term basis, hence cost of faculty remain under control but the quality is at a global level: during my studies we had professors from all over the globe - the US, South Africa, UK, Ireland, Australia, Switzerland, etc. – and all of them had a proven record of professional and academic experience and success. The majority do not only teach at ENPC, but also at top-class business schools like INSEAD, IMD, or Trinity College Dublin.

What was the most interesting aspect of your experience at ENPC?
I think the most interesting aspect of the ENPC MBA is its emphasis on international and multicultural education. Not only did we have 22 different nationalities in our class, we also had the possibility of participating in three study trips: to Tunisia, China, and the U.S. I went to both Tunisia and the States, and both trips were absolutely unique experiences. The school has access to a great network of companies and public institutions which allowed us, for example, to interview the minister of telecommunications and information of Tunisia, visit the NYSE, or attend a presentation at JP Morgan in the heart of NYC. Apart from the business and managerial knowledge you acquire, the program gives you a broader view of the world and on how to handle cultural diversity and the challenges that arise from it.

For what reasons do you believe other MBA applicants might be interested in ENPC?
The ten months of the ENPC MBA program can be the most exciting, busiest, and fastest ten months of your life. The satisfaction that you get after the program is tremendous. You meet great people, you learn a lot, you travel, and you have to work a lot! If you prefer a relaxed but professional atmosphere, a top-class but approachable faculty, a multicultural, diverse, and friendly peer-to-peer experience then you should choose the ENPC. At the end you will see, it gives you a lot of confidence in yourself.

 

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