IESE’s Young Talent Path (YTP): An Opportunity for Undergraduate Students

Are you 20 – 21 something, enrolled in the final year of university and looking to equip yourself with an MBA eventually in order to launch your career in corporate management with a renowned multinational? Then IESE – YTP program would be the best option for you, by which you can secure pre-admission to one of Europe’s most highly ranked schools – the IESE in Spain – as early as the time that you are in University. The Young Talent Program (YTP) made it possible to identify the right talent from the Universities in order to secure pre-admission for students in the School’s MBA class and also place them in a reputed firm for at least two years so that they justify the requirements of the MBA program.

The program looks out for the talented individuals who are in senior year of their undergraduate program or first year professionals in order to place them suitably. As part of the YTP, you will participate in the YTP Boot Camp, where you will meet exceptionally talented classmates from a diverse range of nationalities and backgrounds, whilst receiving support and guidance from IESE’s highly accomplished Career Services Team. During this stage, your suitability for the MBA program will be considered. Its class of over 200 students consists of participants from across the world who go through a very selective admissions procedure. 

Candidates must apply to the YTP during their senior years of college. The selection follows a pattern similar to the MBA selections – based on GMAT scores, results in college, essays, recommendations and the like.  Following pre-admission, YTP participants attend a seminar held for one week in the summer on IESE’s Barcelona campus. Also after securing a €20,000 scholarship for IESE’s MBA program, you will also have the opportunity to participate in IESE events all over the world, including the Continuous Education Program, gaining a first-hand perspective of business across different continents.

YTP candidates have to work for at least two years before they join the full time MBA class. Prior to that, IESE confirms final admission based on feedback from the company. The program has an impressive network of participating companies including Microsoft, AT Kearney, BCG, CISCO, McKinsey and Nestle. Thus, when YTP students finally enter the MBA class, they already have professional experience with a top global firm.

The YTP gives outstanding university graduates a chance to gain admission to this program during their years in college as long as they have competitive GMAT scores, outstanding academic records and significant extracurricular achievements.

Information on the School’s website indicates the typical profile of YTP candidates as follows:

Average age: 22.5

Average GPA (on scale of 10): 8

Average GPA (on scale of 4): 3.6

Average GMAT: 710

Average number of languages spoken: 3

Selections are made on rolling basis throughout the year, though the time of application affects participation in the YTP Next Steps Seminar, should the candidate be admitted.

– Team Leverage


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