- Programme: MBA
- Nationality: Portuguese
- Job Pre-programme: Associate, A.T. Kearney
- Job Post-programme: Senior Strategy Consultant, Freelance Consulting
I worked in consulting before business school, and the
choice to do an MBA was very much my own. I wanted
time to reassess my priorities, to fill the gaps in my learning
in areas like marketing and organisational behaviour, and
to immerse myself with a group of diverse people. London
Business School offered all this, and time out of the
workplace seemed a small price to pay.
I had already transferred to London within my company’s
Global Mobility Programme. I love living here – it is one of
the true global capitals, and location was one factor which
made choosing London Business School so easy. Secondly,
the MBA, and indeed the entire campus, is an eclectic
community with people attending from all over the world.
In consulting, people tend to have similar profiles and I
wanted the chance to work in a more multi-faceted
environment. Most importantly, perhaps, the alumni I
spoke with during my decision process simply lit up when
they talked about the School. Their passion and
enthusiasm was infectious, so much so that I felt part of
the place before I even started the programme.
The diversity that was promised has been fulfilled in so
many ways. My study group alone included an American
ex-professional footballer; a South Korean who worked as
telecoms director for his family business; an Indian
entrepreneur working with NGOs and charities; a British
real estate consultant; a Venezuelan consultant; and a
Portuguese media professional from the fixed telecoms / TV
sector. Working together with people from so many different
backgrounds was a huge learning curve. After initially
trying to do everything together, we quickly realised it was
imperative to build trust and split the work. We gave each
project to someone less experienced in the subject area,
and got somebody more experienced to review it. It was a
very effective support system, and it freed up time for all
our extra-curricular involvements.
Interacting with so many different people meant I had to
find my own distinct leadership style. In such an
environment you quickly learn how to influence people and
get your opinion heard. I’m now more confident and
assertive – something which my friends have pointed out.
Getting involved around campus was a wonderful way to try
out emerging leadership skills in a relatively safe
environment. In addition to representing the School as a
Student Ambassador I was also involved in the Portugal
club, in communications and marketing for a newly
emerging Photography club, and on the organising
committee for Tattoo – a massive annual event which
celebrates the School’s diversity.
LBS opens up so many opportunities that one never ceases
to wonder what impact it will have in the world. The
people, the community and the diversity of London
Business School never fails to surprise me; this is a place
where I learnt much more than I ever expected.