Last job title: Finance Business Partner
Previous degree: Bachelor in Economics
Working in finance in Spain, I decided it was time for a change. I started looking for universities with an MBA programme in Europe and could see that RSM’s rankings were good. Additionally, it was plain to see that Rotterdam is a dynamic hub for entrepreneurship. But what stood out from other universities the most was the culture of RSM, how the school strives to be a force for positive change.
I expect I’ll learn more about entrepreneurship and how to use knowledge and resources to implement new solutions in my future career. I plan on making the most of the resources available at RSM, like the centre for entrepreneurship.
So far, I’ve had an exciting, challenging experience. This is only a one-year programme, which is shorter than most MBAs. For me, the best part is working with and learning from a diverse cohort. I find the collaborative environment both interesting and challenging. As a group, we share opinions and different perspectives. Sure, sometimes personalities clash, but then our collective ideas sharpen and reshape.
Rotterdam is different from Spain or Venezuela. Being in a new environment has forced me to learn more about myself. I like the cycling culture; this mostly flat country is perfect for it! In the beginning, I had difficulties with start-up processes like city registration, finding a GP, those kinds of processes. I’m starting to learn Dutch; “de” and “het” continue to present constant challenges. The food is also quite different from what I’m used to. For example, sandwiches for lunch. I normally eat big breakfasts and lunches, snacks, late dinner. But I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it.
My biggest challenge has been collaborating with a highly international cohort. It’s fascinating to see how everyone works, thinks, speaks, behaves. But it can be a challenge to cooperate or make myself clear sometimes. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn how to become a more flexible thinker.
I believe economic growth has to be decoupled from environmental relations and the destruction of natural resources. I would like to see business and the environment benefit all stakeholders, not just the shareholders or a small group of people. Finding a way to incentivise companies to produce and to connect with consumers in more sustainable way is a good start. This could lead to a change in behaviour and habits in how consumers buy products. It could also help companies to become more responsible.
My post-MBA perspective hasn’t changed much at this point. But then, I’m at the start of my journey. I’m extremely open to new opportunities, even after I complete my MBA.
Advice: doing an MBA is a big commitment in terms of money and time. I advise others to think about the reasons why they want to start an MBA study. They should be open to the MBA changing them. I knew with a fair amount of certainty that I wanted to make a switch in my career, but I still reflected on my decision before I made the move. It’s important to search for the why and be open for changes.