Meet INSEAD’s MBA Class Of 2020

Peter Vaculciak

INSEAD

Goal-oriented, resource-full and resilient person that has always looked for challenges to learn new things.”

Hometown: Telgart, Slovakia

Fun Fact About Yourself: I am a passionate old-timer car collector. I started with setting up a small old-timer car sales and repair shop when I was 12.

Undergraduate School and Major: University of Edinburgh, Mechanical Engineering

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Boston Consulting Group, Consultant

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: BCG Rising Star award for “exceptional performance and true BCG spirit” and two fast track promotions.

What quality best describes the MBA classmates you’ve met so far and why? There is great diversity in the class, but one common quality I’ve seen among the people I’ve met so far is an eagerness to learn new skills and self-develop. Everyone is really driven and accomplished, but down to earth, too!

Aside from your classmates, what was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you? INSEAD offers great opportunities in the entrepreneurship space. It is the ideal place for me to pressure test my ideas with pioneers of relevant fields and future leaders. I am really excited about the Centre for Entrepreneurship where I can work on refining my idea beyond the concept phase, build an MVP, and even partner up with like-minded individuals who have similar aspirations. I am also excited about INSEAD’s plethora of entrepreneurship classes, particularly New Business Ventures, and Family Business Management.

What club or activity are you looking most forward to in business school? INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship, followed closely by socializing with all the great people in my class.

What was the most challenging question you were asked during the admissions process? How would you describe yourself? It’s interesting how little I had reflected on who I am, what defines and motivates me, and what drives the choices I make. Verbalizing it added a completely new dimension to it too!

What led you to pursue an MBA at this point in your career? I wanted to take a break from a busy career to have the opportunity to review my own life strategy in an environment that stimulates self-reflection and is conducive to out-of-the-box thinking. I also did not want to miss out on meeting so many amazing and accomplished people.

What other MBA programs did you apply to? London Business School, Stanford, Harvard Business School

How did you determine your fit at various schools? Three factors were important to me: Quality of the program, length of the program, and entrepreneurship opportunities. I did my own research but also spoke to many of my friends at these schools. They have provided me with useful insights into how these schools differentiate. I considered where I want to be in life in 2,5, and 10 years and picked a school that I thought would help me best along this journey.

What was your defining moment and how did it shape who you are? The most defining moment in my life was when I was 16 and went on a cultural exchange program in a high school in the US. This was truly an eye-opening experience – I learned so much about who I am and what’s important to me. I also realized how important diversity is. This left such a lasting mark on me that I have since taken every single opportunity to study, travel, and work in different countries.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? Professionally, I’d like to be managing my own business helping people live a healthier, more balanced life – from a well-thought-through diet and exercise routine all the way to mental well-being and greater self-awareness.

Personally, I’d like to be a self-aware individual that leads a healthy, balanced life. I have to master it before I sell it!

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