Name: Mayra Becegato
Job title: Finance controller at Johnson and Johnson
Previous degree and university: MSc in Business Administration at the University of São Paulo
1. Why did you decide to join RSM’s Executive MBA?
“I started working early in life. I wanted to learn and work with people who also already have quite some professional experience. By working at Johnson and Johnson in Belgium and studying for RSM’s Executive MBA, I’m combining this with international experience. RSM is highly ranked and has an international atmosphere while other Executive MBAs mostly have local participants. The school is located in the heart of Western Europe so there are many companies around, bringing interesting candidates to RSM, which makes the experience more complete.”
2. How are you managing to balance studying with work?
“When people embark on this journey, they should expect to be really busy and committed for two years. Support from your partner and family is essential. Outside of work, I dedicate my time to the EMBA. You learn to focus on your goals and divide your time by planning it well.”
3. How is the EMBA experience affecting your work?
“The EMBA is a breath of fresh air. My view is broadened in many aspects at work. Some things I just accepted at the beginning but now I see them differently and I know how to change them.”
4. What is the return on investment you expect from the Executive MBA?
“I mostly wanted hard facts and technical knowledge. I now know that the knowledge transfer between my EMBA colleagues is an incredible asset. I’m learning so much about different aspects in business other than finance. I can see things from different angles, and have also learned about the many options in my career.”
5. How has the Personal Leadership Development Programme affected you?
“It’s about self-awareness and how people communicate their message. I know better how to communicate and have learned about my postures, my beliefs and values. I thought I was good at this, but when my mistakes were pointed out, I observed myself and now pay more attention to how I communicate at work and at home. I also learn from and about others’ careers choices and life, but more than that, I learn about myself.”
6. What can you say about your classmates?
“They’re extremely diverse in terms of background and nationality. They’re mature in business and in life. Everyone is really helpful when sharing knowledge. There’s no competition and a good class atmosphere. The networking is important from a work perspective but I’ve also made great friends.”
7. What has been the best part of the EMBA so far?
“Meeting interesting people and learning from them. I get good energy from the new ideas I hear every weekend at RSM, not only for work, but also in my personal life. I feel refreshed, go beyond boundaries in knowledge, and am learning more than I expected.”
8. What is the biggest challenge of the Executive MBA?
“To balance the work and the EMBA demands. The high workload and soaking up all the knowledge is challenging. There’s a lot of information in a short time, so you need to plan and organise your studies to absorb everything. Balancing all the technical skills and soft skills in a short amount of time and retaining it all is challenging.”
9. After the Executive MBA, what does the future hold?
“Career wise, I aim for a promotion and a leadership position. Then again, the EMBA opens your mind for different career paths and I now have more options of where to go, not only from my point of view, but also from the market’s. I now have skills that others still need to develop and RSM EMBA will help me to be promoted or get a better job. The possibilities are endless when you have energy, knowledge and confidence to go further.”