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Work and study abroad: Studying for an MBA

Il Master in Business Administration (MBA) è tra i più importanti programmi di specializzazione manageriale post-laurea esistenti al mondo. Abbiamo incontrato degli esperti del settore: ecco i loro consigli (l’intervista completa è sullo Speciale di Speak Up “Let’s Go Abroad”, in edicola!) - LANGUAGE LEVEL C1 (ADVANCED) - By Mark Worden

German Fernandez Rodriguez (Spanish accent)

I think with the Italian(s) there are kind of three different profiles of... of... of candidates, that, actually, were my classmates or my team... or my team was recruiting them, so you have, on... on the one hand, somebody who is coming from a family business: and you know that in Italy family businesses are extremely important, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, and in order to diversify their portfolio of clients, you know, their business model, doing an MBA will open more doors, they will get to know other cultures, and they will have more... you know, more contacts to either do joint ventures or, you know, have partners in different places. Then you have somebody who has been working in, you know, in a very good Italian company, and maybe they want to have that international experience and make that jump, so they take the MBA as... as an opportunity to do this as well. Then you have the others, that maybe they’re working in a multinational here in Italy, but they want to make the jump into management. So the MBA is kind of the passport that will allow them to go to the next level. And then you have… not three types, four types! The fourth one would be the entrepreneur. I think the Italians are extremely creative. I mean, you... we can see for (from) the types of products that they sell, and I think the MBA is going to allow them to make those ideas, put them into practice in a business.

Jonas Revensburg (Danish accent)

The advantage for an Italian for studying for an MBA is that, first of all, you get a very broad skill set, business foundation. That’s of course... I always say there’s the academic part, and then there’s the soft skill part, the person development, the career development part, which I think is quite unique in an MBA programme. So if you come from Italy and you want to study abroad, like in Switzerland or the UK or anywhere else, you get a very strong competitive edge compared to other candidates when you apply for jobs because one thing is that you have suddenly an MBA, an executive degree, but you also have obtained a certain skills set, you have managed to deal with different cultures, different personalities, you... took the chance to study abroad, you’ve financed it, so you went through a process that... that says quite a lot about your character, that’s something that recruiters look at as well. And so, that’s the added value, and, , when you do an MBA abroad, you also get access to a local job market, so, for example, in Switzerland we have a very strong connection to the international business community in Switzerland, whereas other schools would have it in their region as well, so that’s definitely the advantage as well.

(German Fernandez Rodriguez and Jonas Revensburg were talking to Mark Worden at the Access MBA fair in Milan)

The interviews continue in Let’s Go Abroad, the special issue of Speak Up which is on sale at newsstands (click here).