Who says that MBA is about studying?

Doing an MBA or any other postgraduate degree is about enhancing your academic skills to prepare you better for future professional challenges. No doubt about it. But is that everything?

Some students might feel there is nothing to add but certainly – I hope – they are the minority. Such a degree is much more than that: it’s a journey, a bath in diversity, a mosaic of professional, personal, cultural, entrepreneurial experiences. Getting challenged with different perspectives in every moment of the program and LEARN from it. It opens your horizons, brings you out of your comfort zones and you enjoy it, can’t get enough…

Another important part of this “bath” is FUN! That is what the participants of this year Global Village had… watch, enjoy and if you wish to be part of it soon, let us know!

 

Some more details about the 2012 Global Village: 

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Chat with Prateek, an IE Master in Management student

Hi Prateek, thank you for taking the time to share some insights about your IE experience. Please tell us a little bit about yourself before we get started!
Well, my name is Prateek Rathore. I am from India and I am 24 years old. Currently, I am finishing the second core period of the Master in Management Program here at IE. I am a computer science engineer and did my undergraduate studies at IIT Delhi, considered one of the best engineering colleges in India. Before coming to IE, I also worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland for over a year. I like to travel; have travelled across 16 countries in Europe and a lot in India as well, and I’ve also choreographed dance teams at various national-level competitions.

Thanks Prateek! And now a question that might be interesting to prospective students; why did you choose IE as your center of excellence?
First of all, it is not a secret that IE is one of the best schools in the world that offers a master program in international management. Besides, I am a firm believer that in management studies, one learns more from one’s classmates than from the professors, and given that diversity is one of IE’s core values, it made my decision to apply to IE fairly easy. In addition, as I am very interested in technology, IE is one of the only schools to my knowledge that offers a specialization in Digital Business which I am about to start in a few days. And last but not least, I applied to IE because of the Venture Lab and the overall entrepreneurial spirit it instills in the students here.

Perfect! Prateek, but what about your actual IE experience? Now that you have completed two of the three core periods, what are the things that stand out during this time?
The one thing that immediately comes to my mind has to do with how classes are being taught here at IE. The case methodology really makes the classes more interesting and interactive while giving one a great variety of practical as well as theoretical knowledge about different sectors in the market. Another thing that stands out is the competition between classmates. Everybody and when I say everybody I mean everybody, is competitive at IE. However, it is a healthy competition because people really grow together, learn from each other and many times help each other with problems. One more reason to do so may be the high workload here, as you simply cannot complete all the tasks by yourself. And this brings me to my next point. Over the last two periods, I really learned how to manage my time and prioritize the things that I had to do. IE offers you many extracurricular activities, such as speeches, workshops, weekly meetings etc.; thus, you really have to learn how to manage your time well if you want to grab as much as you can on the way. And, I think I don’t have to tell you about the Madrid night life; it’s amazing. But I guess the most important thing is truly the diversity in class, on campus and even in Madrid. You can get so many different view points on a topic that you feel like you grow with every class discussion while your global network keeps increasing day in and day out.

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IE Master in Management || Interview with Aleksandra

Aleksandra, current student of the Master in International Management, talks about her experiences during the Master.

Hi Aleksandra! Start off by telling us about yourself…
Hello! My name is Aleksandra! I’m a girl from Cleveland, USA, with Serbian blood, heart, and soul. I did my Bachelor degree in International Business at the University of Akron, USA, and now I am in beautiful Madrid pursuing my passion in international business and management. I first fell in love with Spain when I lived for a summer in Sevilla (southern Spain, in Andalusia). Having that daily magical influence of exquisite Arab architecture, centuries upon centuries of Roman, Jewish, and Moorish history at every step, and the daily siesta coma that apparently comes with the arrival stamp in your passport, the Spanish summer heat just ignited my passion for this land. Did I mention that I also love the culture, language, and zeal for life here in Spain?!

Great stuff, do you have an interesting fact or story to share with us?
I started learning Arabic during my last semester of university! I loved it… but haven’t done it since. It’s such a beautiful language to write!

What are the kinds of things you admire in a person?
I admire people who “dare to be themselves in the face of adversity. Choosing right over wrong, ethics over convenience, and truth over popularity….. Since these are the choices that measure your life” (author unknown).

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