Tamuna Magularia from Tbilisi, Georgia highlights the diversity and collaboration amongst her fellow classmates, the flexibility of the online format, and the periods of in-person interaction. She has some great advice for incoming online MBAs, and gives a shout out finance professor Francisco Luis Quintero Berganza.
Previously published on PoetsandQuants.com
“A naturally enthusiastic person with a passion for perfection and quality in everything I do.”
Hometown: Tbilisi, Georgia
Fun fact about yourself: When I was 18, I lived in Atlanta, USA for several months, for my bachelor studies (as part of a semester-long exchange program of my university). To earn money in addition to my scholarship, I decided to babysit. My first and the last day of that job was with a family with three kids, where I had to babysit during the night while the parents were out partying.
Undergraduate School and Degree: Bachelor’s degree from Caucasus University, Caucasus School of Business
Where are you currently working? TBC Bank Group PLC, Head of Financial Planning & Analysis
What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career? I had been in my role as an auditor at PwC, for only two years when I was asked by a Senior Manager to take an in-charge role for one of the firm’s first-year audit clients. Formally, I had not yet reached a sufficiently senior position within the firm to be entrusted with managing an entire project! I was excited and scared at the same time. As always, deadlines were tight and it was an opportunity for me to prove that I actually was the “star performer” that some in the company called me.
At this stage, I combined some key skill sets. I used my technical expertise to thoroughly plan the project, identify key risks and design responses, and clearly communicate objectives cwith my team.
After many sleepless nights and no less fun, we were able to finish the project within the deadlines and with minimum involvement from the project manager – all with extremely positive feedback from the client.
My team and I received praise from the partner of the firm for our hard work and for going beyond what was first assigned. It felt great to have exceeded the expectations of this very senior leader and the experience set me on a path to success at the firm.
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