What was the main reason you decided to study at IE?
When I discovered IE Business School, I was confident that it was the right fit for me for several reasons in addition to its high academic standards. From the beginning, I desired to embark on a learning journey that was distinctively different from traditional programs, as my motivation to pursue an MBA was rooted in the objective to have a greater significance and impact as a global leader.
The primary reason I selected IE Business School was for its focus on entrepreneurship and forward thinking. When I reflected on my goals and ambitions, I realized that I was not looking for a program that would encourage me to march toward a predetermined notion of success. Instead, I was driven by my desire to use my mind, skills, and creativity as my toolkit to design a self-fulfilling career. With a deeper purpose in mind, I searched for an institution that would inspire me to create my own definition of success.
The second reason I was attracted to IE Business School was the appeal of interacting with a unique group of like-minded peers and professors from around the world. The most impressive element of this network is that it encompasses not only top-tier individuals, but also a community of people who share a global perspective. In my opinion, the spirit and global environment at IE Business School is remarkable because the capacity for learning has no boundaries. Each day, my curiosity is further fueled as my professors and classmates help me uncover new concepts and broaden my point of view. Because of my interactions with such a remarkable group of people, learning is not strictly limited to an academic focus on the pillars of business, but greater cultural understanding and awareness of international business demands. I am forever grateful to have had the opportunity to travel and explore the world with this exceptional group. Overall, the people I have met energized me and taught me a tremendous amount not only about business, teamwork, and leadership, but also about the adventures and opportunities we can choose to pursue in life.
In summary, I chose IE Business School because it offers much more than a first-rate curriculum. The Global MBA program is a well-rounded learning experience that cultivates unparalleled professional and personal development.
What was the greatest challenge you faced during your studies?
Completing an MBA is a test of determination and character. The greatest challenge I have faced during the Global MBA program is endurance. As a student, I am tasked with balancing academic, work, and personal responsibilities. The unrelenting demands have helped me become more resilient and develop an exceptional work ethic.
The fast-paced program is rigorous, and time management is crucial. It is easy to succumb to frustration when working on a daunting problem. However, frustration does not drive progress towards a desirable outcome. The primary takeaway for me is that any problem can be overcome if I think of each task as a new opportunity to challenge myself and grow. When faced with a roadblock or what appears to be a dead end, it is necessary to have the courage to be adaptable to try another approach. In addition, it is always helpful to consider multiple perspectives and ask for input when necessary, as peers offer experience and expertise not yet considered. Taking this approach sparks alternative ideas, which often lead to a better outcome than originally anticipated. In summary, remaining focused, open-minded, and confident is the key to progress.
My mentor once told me that a professional’s true character surfaces during times of high-pressure and high-stress. This excellent advice taught me that the way that a professional manages conflict, addresses problems, encourages creative solutions, creates a vision, and guides their team is what will set them apart as a leader. To be an effective leader, it is necessary to be able to navigate complex environments and make pragmatic decisions while under pressure.
Although the program is challenging, it is rewarding. Both with individual and team efforts, I am learning what my peers and I are capable of. As I reflect on the milestones reached during the program, I feel a sense of achievement and a reason to celebrate progress with my classmates. Simply stated, the demanding work is worth the effort.
What has been the primary lesson you learned during your program?
I learned an important lesson about the power of a supportive and inclusive team. Throughout the program, I was impressed by the encouragement of my peers and the genuine desire to help each other succeed. In my experience, this type of peer group creates a winning scenario because everyone has an opportunity to thrive and lasting relationships are established.
Now more than ever, I realize that a critical success factor for any team is the ability to harness the strengths of each team member. It is important to actively seek out the value that each professional has to offer due to their unique background, skillset, and perspective. When everyone has a voice and can contribute their viewpoints, the team can gather more comprehensive information for consideration, make knowledgeable decisions, and discover the optimal solution together.
What was the best memory you have from the program?
It is difficult to select just one memory to showcase, because I have had countless experiences from the Global MBA program that are unforgettable. One of the most simply remarkable memories was my first day on campus. When I first walked through the hallways, I noticed a group of students talking and laughing. I remember passing by and hearing a friendly conversation that was a mixture of Spanish, Portuguese, and English. Upon hearing it, a genuine smile broke out of my face. The moment was so simple, yet so significant, that I felt an unexplainable energy radiating through me. When I met my classmates for the first time, I felt a connection with them, as if I had known them for a lifetime. Even though I was surrounded by a diverse group of people from around the world that I had never met before, I felt a powerful sense of belonging. As we all held up our flags from our native countries and smiled for the camera, I felt grateful to be part of such a unique group. At that moment, I knew that the experience was going to be extraordinary.
How has this program impacted your life?
Completing the Global MBA program has impacted my life in countless ways. This program has been a learning journey that goes beyond acquiring business knowledge and hard skills. It is a process of professional exploration and self-discovery. I still have a few months until I graduate, yet I already notice the tremendous transformation I have gone through as a thinker, a problem solver, an explorer, a teammate, and a leader. Upon starting this program, I expected to graduate with a variety of qualifications, but I did not expect to learn so much about myself and how much I have to offer as a professional.
By the end of this program, I will be able to celebrate the completion of the MBA, but the reality is that I accomplished so much more. The Global MBA program gave me the opportunity to see the world differently. The journey inspired me to be brave, embark on new adventures, and believe in myself more than ever before.
I am truly honored to be a lifelong ambassador of IE Business School.