Name: Liduina Hammer
Job title: Director at INKEF Capital
Previous degree and university: BSc in Finance at the University of Amsterdam
1. Why did you decide to join RSM’s Executive MBA?
“After my BSc I always had a voice in my head asking me why I didn’t do a master degree to help me further in my career. An MBA was a logical next step. Nowadays people often ask where you did it, so this choice is important. If you spend a lot of money, your personal development is most important. In the Netherlands there was only one option for me and that was RSM because of its high ranking and recognition as a business school.”
2. How are you managing to balance studying with work?
“I have the best possible support I can get from home. At my business they’re also supporting me. My employer understands that I can’t do work in the evenings and weekends anymore. I have the best conditions ever. Even when my partner got ill, my EMBA team members stood by me. This is great team spirit.”
3. How is the EMBA experience affecting your work?
“My job hadn’t changed, but the EMBA is changing me as a person. I now see and handle things differently. We are a small company with quite some capital to invest. Venture capital is a different animal than other business – I can use the framework from the organisational behaviour course to better understand why things are happening.”
4. What is the return on investment you expect from the Executive MBA?
“I will be more confident. The RSM MBA is so much more than content-driven, it’s like I’m holding up a mirror. I’m learning different aspects of business, but most importantly, I’m growing and developing as a person. My company sees it as an investment to my and their own benefit.”
5. How has the Personal Leadership Development programme (PLD) affected you?
“When you make a mistake, you learn, but you’re still never there. I’ve always been interested in this. It’s great to explore this with a group of people instead of reading about it alone. I’m constantly challenged and I love going out of my comfort zone.
6. What can you say about your classmates?
“At first, I was amazed at such a large group with nice people. I expected this, but it was better than I thought. We’re all going through the same things: investing in ourselves, and combining work and study. I love the diverse backgrounds in education, industries and nationalities. Sometimes it’s challenging to discuss certain topics, but at the same time we’re all after the same thing. We’re learning that you can’t always have what you want.”
7. What has been the best part of the EMBA so far?
“It’s the whole big picture of working like crazy, but also the team spirit and enjoying lessons together. Some people say that when you do an MBA, you just buy a title and connections. In reality, the teachers are great and it’s a great and real experience with cases to investigate. It’s far more than buying a title.”
8. What is the biggest challenge of the Executive MBA?
“It’s hard to combine studying with digging into new topics at work. I then take a deep breath and learn to cope. I know I will grow within my company once the EMBA is over. It’s helping me a lot in my personal growth and a huge asset in my career.”
9. After the Executive MBA, what does the future hold?
“The EMBA will give me new content for a potential future job. I can also grow a lot within my company. I have a high ambition level: I want to learn and grow professionally and personally as much as I can. With my high level of energy, the future is broad. I’m not sure what will happen exactly, but I think I have a great future ahead of me.”