Zurab Andguladze

Zurab Andguladze

Nationality: Georgian

Age: 26

Last job title: Head of reporting and analysis at IC Group

Previous degree: Bachelor of Business Administration at Caucasus University

Why did you choose RSM for your MBA?           

“RSM meets all of the criteria I was looking for: an international environment, a one-year programme in Europe, and a high ranking. I had reached my limit in my country and wanted to be exposed to an international living and working environment to be able to understand how to approach and maintain relationships with different people.”

What has been the most challenging assignment or activity?   

“The Living Management Consultancy Project was very intensive because the assignment was a real business case. Spending more than 12 hours per day researching a problem and finding ways to resolve it with your team mates was tough. We had to advise people who know their company really well how to resolve a business issue. We also learned about human resource management, which was a challenge.”

How has the Personal Leadership Development programme (PLD) affected you?

“It has changed my mindset and the way I think. PLD gives you the tools to really think about who and what you are. When you write down and realise what your strengths and weaknesses are and what you need to develop, it makes more sense. Your own thoughts and other people’s feedback don’t always match. I understand myself better now and I have learned that everyone sees reality differently.”

Do you notice different cultural approaches to working within global teams?

“I thought I understood both my Asian and European background but I was wrong. Asian people are very polite and don’t always say they don’t like something. Most Europeans are more direct and will tell you how they really feel. It’s a great experience to learn how to behave and deal with different cultures and how to work in a multi-cultural environment and get 100 per cent out of it.”

Can you define the 'RSM MBA experience'?

“RSM really takes you out of your comfort zone. This is when you’re actually developing. Also, the high academic quality of the RSM faculty members and the international atmosphere make it a unique experience.”

What transformation in your professional life are you hoping to achieve from completing the full-time MBA?              

“I wanted to leave the finance profession, but I now realise I want to pursue it and RSM is giving me a very good basis for that. You understand your options well and you can decide your future career path.”

What advice would you give to others to make the most of their MBA experience?

“Be prepared to become another person at the end of the year. Don’t be afraid of new challenges. Take everything out what RSM gives to you. For example, participate in each event and use the Career Development Centre team because they will help you find a job.”

How do you feel about living in the Netherlands?

“Everything is very clean and safe. I live close to campus and can walk there. I’m still getting used to the local culture. People are very straight-forward and I like that. There’s also a good nightlife. Rotterdam is different from Amsterdam because there aren’t many tourists; it’s a business city. From Rotterdam, you can easily travel to in Belgium or Germany.”

After the full-time MBA, what does the future hold?  

“I want some more international experience and then start my own trading business in a few years. With the MBA you can avoid many mistakes, for example in people management. Everyone has their own plans and RSM gives you everything you need to match your plans. This gives you the chance to do anything you want.”