‘The amount of graduates that decided to stay in Europe, including the Netherlands is about 80%. So you can see that a lot of our graduates eventually decide to stay in the country and have the opportunity to do so. And that’s for many reasons. One of the main reasons I would say, is because of the very flexible visa policy that the Netherlands has as a country. Especially for highly skilled individuals.’ 

In this podcast our Recruitment & Admissions Manager, Maria Tsachli, answers some of the frequently asked questions she get in Admissions interviews. The questions that are covered in this podcast are:  

  • My age is substantially higher than 29 years, is the FTMBA the right programme for me?
  • Even though I have substantial work experience, do I still need to take the GMAT?
  • How likely is it that I can stay and work in the Netherlands after graduation?
  • I don’t have three years post-graduate experience at the moment. Can I still apply?
  • I do not have a background in business, does It still make sense to apply?
  • How is Housing arranged? Does RSM assist in this? What are your application deadlines?
  • A word of advice

'The interviewer has done a lot of interviews. Maybe even a lot on the same day. So to really make yourself stand out, I think having that honest conversation is really important.' Caroline Angle, Recruitment and Admissions Manager at RSM.

In this podcast Caroline Angle shares tips on how to prepare for your admissions interview, what pitfalls to avoid and mostly how to be your authentic self to stand out in the application process.

The topics that are covered are:

  • How to prepare for an interview
  • What to ask alumni, in preparation of the interview
  • Talking about your weaknesses in an interview
  • What pitfalls to avoid
  • The perfect profile
  • How to get in touch with our Recruitment and Admissions Managers.

‘I spoke to a few alumni here at RSM and also staff from the MBA office, so that also really helped. And I attended some really interesting online talks from the Erasmus Center for Women and Organisations and really loved talking to them. I really liked the approach that they had.’ - Ana Miarnau, Full-time MBA Class of ’23, moved from Spain to the Netherlands to join this years’ cohort and shares what her decision making process to do an MBA was like, why she decided to join RSM and what her expectations of her MBA journey are.

The topics that are covered in this podcast:
- Her personal story and why she decided on an MBA at RSM
- Moving to, and living in, the Netherlands
- Gaining new experiences and skills
- A piece of advice
- A message to her fellow class mates

'And I guess that's what makes the MBA journey extraordinary. Against all odds I managed to have a meaningful journey with an MBA. With the academic knowledge I gained, the friendships and also the MBA Marketing club that I had a chance to lead throughout the whole year.' - Minh Nguyen Duc, Full-time MBA Class of '22.

Minh moved from Singapore to the Netherlands for his MBA. In this podcast we discuss why he chose to do his MBA at RSM, what his MBA journey was like, how he experienced moving to the Netherlands and how he overcame challenges during his journey.

The topics that are covered in this podcast:

  • His personal story and why he decided on an MBA at RSM
  • Moving to, and living in, the Netherlands
  • Important information prior to doing an MBA 
  • Doing an MBA during a pandemic and how to overcome challenges 
  • A piece of advice

'It might be the best according to the world, but is it the best for you? Will you be fulfilled being an engineer? And what happens actually is that many people, when they get five to ten to fifteen years into their careers they suddenly realize, no this is not what I really want. I want something else, but what?' Hetty Brand-Boswijk, Director of Coaching and Lead Coach at RSM.

In this podcast we discuss individual leadership coaching, personal development and the importance of knowing who you are and what you want, before going into career coaching.

The topics that are covered are:

  • The added value of coaching, or having a mentor - and the difference between the two.
  • What our candidates and students need to know about personal leadership coaching
  • Why personal leadership coaching should precede career coaching
  • What the coaching process at RSM looks like

'So I packed my bags and I left to the UK and as I was taking my luggage off the carrousel at the airport in Heathrow, I looked at my e-mail. And there was an e-mail from RSM saying that I'd gotten in. And it was a no-brainer for me,' says Bharat Kumaraswami.

Bharat Kumaraswami graduated from our Full-time MBA class of 2018 and joined RSM as the Data manager. In this episode we discuss why he chose the Rotterdam school of Management for his MBA? Why did he decide to pursue a career here in the Netherlands? And what advice can he give to those considering moving to the Netherlands for their MBA?

The topics that are covered in this podcast:

  • Your personal journey
  • Why did you decide to do your MBA at RSM?
  • The biggest differences between your country to here, in terms of work-life balance, work ethic, etc.
  • Looking back on your MBA and its impact on your career
  • The added value of coaching
  • A piece of advice

What does it mean to be part of the RSM Alumni network of over 40.000 trail-blazers? And how can you make good use of this network?

Sue Martin, Director of Corporate and Alumni Relations, shares what the alumni office can do for our graduates, but most importantly, how our graduates can utilize this global network. ‘After graduation it’s not goodbye. That network is forever there for them and that’s a lifelong connection with the school.’ Sue says.

In this latest MBA Programme Podcast we discuss the importance of staying connected to the network, what the alumni office offers our graduates, keeping your information up to date and leaving a legacy behind.

The topics that are covered: 

  • What our graduates need to know about the alumni network
  • How to utilize your connections
  • All the ways the alumni office supports alumni
  • A piece of advice if you are interested in doing an MBA at RSM
  • A story on creating a legacy

Moving to the Netherlands, whether it's for your MBA or a job opportunity, can be a big decision. 

In the Netherlands 80% to 90% of the population speaks English. After moving here eleven years ago, Carolina Ospina, the Event Project Manager at RSM, still decided to learn Dutch and has been with RSM since 2017. Why did she decide to move to the Netherlands? How did she find out about RSM? And what advice can she give to people that are thinking about moving here?

The topics that are covered:

  • What’s your story?
  • The motivation to move abroad
  • Some things you need to know before moving here
  • How Carolina found out about RSM
  • Wanting to feel home and learning Dutch
  • Some advice to those considering moving to the Netherlands for an MBA or job opportunity

Moving abroad for your MBA, what’s that like?

Juan Maldonado Alcazar moved from Mexico to the Netherlands five years ago, for his MBA. He graduated from our Full-time MBA, class of 2017 and joined RSM’s Alumni office as the Corporate and Alumni Relations Manager.  

Why did he choose the Rotterdam school of Management? Why did he decide to pursue a career here in the Netherlands? And what advice can he give to those considering moving to the Netherlands for their MBA?

The topics that are covered in this podcast:

  • The decision-making process to move abroad for his MBA
  • Why he chose the Rotterdam School of Management to do his MBA and to join RSM’s Alumni office
  • The main differences from living in Mexico to here in the Netherlands?
  • Staying in the Netherlands to pursue a career
  • What living in the Netherlands is like
  • Some advice to those considering moving to the Netherlands for their MBA

Choosing the right combination of MBA electives allows you to do a deep dive in one particular subject, or perhaps even pivot your career! In our latest Programme Pocast we met up with Asimwe Ruganyoise (FT MBA’21) to discuss her reason for choosing electives around Finance and Sustainability:

Energy transition

“I want to be part of the energy transition that is happening right now in the oil and gas industry. To make this happen, there will be a lot of acquisitions in the sustainability space. So I wanted to learn about sustainability, but also how these deals work. If I were to look at a renewables company and their financials, I need to understand how their business works, how they make money, and how we can make energy cheaper and accessible to our clients.”

Topics covered in this podcast:

  • How do Career Concentrations and Electives in the curriculum work?
  • How does choosing the right electives shape your career?
  • Asimwe explains how the combination of Finance and Sustainability electives will help her to get involved in the energy transition in the Oil & Gas industry.
  • What did she learn about sustainable finance and change management?
  • How did the electives change Asimwe's thinking about sustainabilty, coming from an engineering background?

In this podcast, Lida Dimitriou answers the seven most commonly asked questions about our Executive MBA programme (EMBA). Lida is Recruitment and Admissions Manager for our executive programmes at RSM MBA and has handpicked the following questions to be answered in this episode:

  • What does a typical EMBA class look like?
  • What kind of people are in the programme and what is their age range?
  • How much time do you need to invest outside of the classroom?
  • How to find the right study-work-private life balance?
  • What is the Personal Leadership Development programme?
  • How to finance your EMBA?
  • What are the long-term benefits of an EMBA?

Prof. Christo Nel is one of the architects of our renewed Personal Leadership Programme for next year's Executive MBA.

What did fighting Apartheid in South Africa in a business platform that brought together radically opposing parties teach him about leadership development? And how will our PLD Programme change next year?

Topics covered in this podcast:

  • How business was used to build trust and empathy between opposing parties in the 1980s
  • What can this experience teach us about leadership?
  • What leadership qualities should an MBA foster and develop?
  • How will the renewed EMBA Personal Leadership Development Programme do this?
  • In depth with the 'Leadership Compass', one of the guiding principles of the PLD Programme

Find out more about our Personal Leadership Programme here: www.rsm.nl/mba/executive-mba/l…ership-development/

In this podcast we take our crystal ball to Brandon Kirby, Director of Marketing and Admissions, to discuss what he sees as the biggest trends in MBA for 2020.

Here is what to expect:

  • MBA Candidates will become even more purpose-driven and will want to apply their skills in their home countries.
  • Many MBA programmes will restructure their admissions procedures to accommodate these purpose-driven candidate motivations and try not losing ground in the traditional salary-driven rankings.
  • Full-time MBA students increasingly take an MBA later in their career.
  • Executive MBA students more often decide to do their MBA earlier in their career.
  • As a result, MBA classes are getting more diverse in terms of work experience.
  • Despite the trend towards specialisation, most MBA programmes will remain a general business degree, but...
  • ...personalisation and customisation of the programmes will become more important.
  • Despite the rise of online MBA programmes, the in-class experience is here to stay.
  • Despite rising costs, the MBA as a unique learning, leadership and networking experience will holds it value as the economy and business models change.

After her first week on campus, we invited Tanzanian Full-time MBA student Asimwe Ruganyoisa to our podcast studio to give us the real story about doing an MBA at RSM.

She didn’t hold back and told us all about the soul-searching she was asked to do from day one in the Personal Leadership Development programme, the challenges of meeting 150 new people from different cultures, and of course: how to cope with Dutch winter! We will check back with her throughout the year to hear more about her Rotterdam experience.

How does our admissions process for the full-time MBA work and how can you best prepare for it?

Marketing & Admissions Manager Carrie Fok explains what you need to know about the required documents, the essay, professional references and the online Kira assessment.

Here are her seven tips to make your application as smooth as possible:

  • Start the conversation with your target schools early to sharpen your ideas about what you want to get out of doing an MBA. Ideally limit yourself to 3-5 schools.
  • You don’t need to finish your online application right away. You can start it and come back to work on it whenever it suits you.
  • The essay you are required to write about becoming a force for positive change , can also be about how RSM MBA can help you become one in the future.
  • You don’t need to save the world to be a force for positive change. Having a small impact matters as well!
  • For your professional references, ask people who actually know how you work. Don’t use academic references.
  • Practice your Kira video assessment often, before recording the actual video essay.
  • You don’t have to apply separately for a scholarship. When the Admissions Committee decides you are admitted, you are automatically considered for a scholarship.