Job title and company: Project Manager FMCG Industry at Royal HaskoningDHV
Previous degree and university: Master in Real Estate Management at Northumbria University, UK
EMBA student Sabine Bink is busy: in addition to her busy job and studies she plays field hockey, loves travelling, and she and her partner bought a house in Leiden, for which they are designing and renovating everything themselves.
1. Why did you decide to join RSM’s Executive MBA?
“I have a technical background. My ambition is to move into line management or general management, so I needed to broaden my knowledge about things like economics, accounting and HR. And it’s motivating to keep learning.”
2. How are you managing to balance studying with work?
“I have to prioritise and make decisions about what is important for me at this moment. I don’t see friends spontaneously and as often anymore. You can’t have everything, but this is doable for two years. Sometimes it’s hard when we have class on Friday afternoon. But I manage expectations with family, clients and the company, even when I travel for work. You need to make sure people know it’s important to attend lectures. It’s challenging sometimes, but I’m doing fine. It’s all about good communication.”
3. How is the EMBA experience affecting your work?
“Ha! My colleagues think I know everything now because I’m doing the EMBA. It’s funny. The thing is that I have actually learned a lot, for example about accounting. It’s now easier to work on the financial side of projects. I also now know why things are done in a certain way, as supposed to just doing it.”
4. What is the return on investment you expect from the Executive MBA?
“I share the theoretical knowledge at work, for example about business models. I also expect to create a bigger network. During the study tour in South Africa we visited my company – we do big projects there and it was great to see this. Many classmates asked about working at Royal HaskoningDHV too.”
5. What has been the best part of the EMBA so far?
“The people! I learn the most from my peers – they’re so diverse. My classmates are from everywhere. It’s opening my mind; the way people think and how they work in project teams.”
6. What did you learn from the international study trip – and where did you go?
“I went to Johannesburg. Business in South Africa is all about the human factor. It taught me that companies should think about the human factor. My situation: a busy job, the MBA and renovations in my house … I sometimes forget about people and the human factor – but there’s so much out there.”
7. How do you plan to be a force for positive change?
“I plan to build in and manage this human factor more into the corporate world. We’re all people who want to enjoy life, and sometimes forget that when trying to reach financial targets. I want to be an example in my work environment when it comes to humanity. It’s important to keep three things in mind: having fun, being challenged and staying honest.”
8. After the Executive MBA, what does the future hold?
“I want to keep learning. I hope to be in a position in line management in which I can create my own vision and motivate people. I’m not sure what the future bring will, but I hope to have fun and always challenge myself.”