Calle Maria de Molina: worth every cent!
Determined, focused, organised and adventurous are some of the words that can be used to describe me. That, which perhaps explains how for over 18 years I have had a professional career in Finance – Banking, Asset Management, the lot – with a first degree in English/Literature.
Back when I was shopping around for an Executive MBA programme, there were certain things I looked out for, things I would not compromise on: Global Ranking, The diversity of the programme, Overall Experience. The IE Global Executive MBA gave me all of this and much more.
In the beginning, I honestly did not know what to expect, although I had a sense that my life was about to change. Anyway, I decided to go to Madrid with an open mind, for my first face to face meeting. I think the first thing that hit me about Madrid when I stepped out of my hotel on a lovely Sunday afternoon, was the silence. It was most palpable, and I remember asking myself why the city was so quiet.That was indeed my first introduction to the Spaniards and their siestaJ.
Fast forward to the first day in the classroom and suddenly it hit me I realized that this wasn’t going to be about Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, Achebe or any of the many writers I was familiar with.used to, this was now about “crunching numbers” ,thinking outside the box and finding innovative solutions for the endless case studies that was to become my new normal.
It was time to prove to myself that I had what it took to go through the gruelling and demanding schedule of business school, especially when combined with a crazy work schedule and family life. In addition, there were those incessant assignments conducted face-to-face or remotely through the use of virtualization, while working on group assignments with team mates around the globe and posting them on the various student discussion forums. This was quite an experience.
Honestly, sometimes it did get overwhelming, but with grit and perseverance, and the push I got from watching my classmates ride it through, I plodded on to the end.
Do you want to stand out in a crowd? Try doing that on the IE online forum through session posts. The thought process that is involved in constructing a post is second to none. You want to know what real, albeit friendly competition feels like? Try being in a classroom with strong, experienced and successful high achievers in Calle Maria de Molina, Madrid.
Leo Buscagia said “Change is the end result of all true learning”. Life, post–MBA, and I have come to realise how much change has taken place within me. How quickly I now make decisions when dealing with tasks that require lateral thinking in more ways than one, and the numerous takeaways from the very rich case study discussions I now see in my everyday activities. Applying knowledge gained from business school to real life shows how much transformation has taken place. This is truly priceless!
The IE GXMBA journey is elevating and rewarding . The race to the finish line is tough but quite rewarding, and opens up exciting and endless opportunities.