Sr. Manager Field Engineering and ISO, Bridgestone East Europe. Executive MBA 2011
For me the MBA was a natural path to develop my skills, quite commonly during the growth of professional life you go through different areas and experience different aspects of the business, but never all of them. The MBA would bring a light in those areas not yet experienced and also give a set of skills or different view from experts which you can use and bring results. The decision for the executive and not a normal MBA was basically due to work, and is valid to say that the exchange with other professionals, not only the professors, bring you a greater learning.
Louvain School of Management for me had some different aspects which influenced my decision, been the flexibility for payment, though the money was not the main point for Louvain School of Management but the correct people to be part of the group and if you were the correct profile the flexibility was there to support it. The international aspect of the EMBA, with the focus in new markets as China and Brazil which today give you an enormous advantage if you have some experience on it. One more point was the courses time, which provide a good balance between week and week end, neither stressing too much the work or loosing the week end.
Self motivation! If you want to go for an EMBA be sure it is not easy, you must learn to combine the work life, studies and personal life, I must say the last one is the most affected. To over come it and have the self motivation you must be focus on your development, enjoy what you are doing and believe that will bring you new skills and opportunities, after all if you are not ready to sacrifice almost 2 years for that do not enrol, its not for you.
Depend on your background you will have some areas matching expectation, some others which you are already comfortable, but even for those with the group experience and discussion you always learn, and that I believe was a great outcome you learn all the business fields, in short and intense discussions and learn in every single session is guaranteed.
I really appreciated the practical work which was very close to reality with several business cases and discussion on actual happening facts or applying it to our own companies. Also I can say that the group balance was very well done, with a mix from different areas of expertise, nationalities and age, been all with experience in professional life.
Depend on your area of expertise, in my case since I’m not working in finance area this was the most difficult, which actually difficult is transformed in challenge and that is motivating. The EMBA is a though journey from time and mental transformation to be open for new points of view, which again is challenging and motivating!
This is not an easy answer, all depend in how you manage your career, I personally do consider myself international since I’m already foreign and after the MBA was transfer to another country. The Louvain School of Management EMBA itself does gave me the international management skills bases to be ready for the challenge then all depend on you, don’t means that you must go abroad because global multi location teams area already reality but you must be open and seeking this aspect of the business.
Today I can say that the « title » MBA will do not for you, will help if you area looking for a new job but once in the job it’s up to your results and not title. The effect you will get will depend on how much have you put into the learning and how much you apply it in your professional challenges. For me was a great experience and short after the graduation I get a new challenge in East Europe and I can guarantee that without the learning I acquired my outcome and business understand would not be the same.
The confidence in talk with different areas, ability to understand different environments and most important of all provide results; I can only say that I’m achieving my desired goals and the EMBA was an important step for it.