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Dmitry Sambuk

Dmitry Sambuk

Programme: Evening Executive MBA, 2017
Nationality: Russian
Current position: Director for Development and Education, Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport
Current location: London


What motivated you to do an Executive MBA and why did you choose Cass Business School?

The Executive MBA at Cass Business School is an excellent opportunity for me to fill in my knowledge gaps and acquire skills to speak the same language with our ongoing and potential business and corporate partners. I decided to do an EMBA at Cass Business School because I think it gives a great balance between theory and practice, but also has a vast international business and alumni network.

What are your career goals and what do you hope to achieve after you have graduated?

With my work experience in the non-profit area and background in international development, I think new management and business skills will help me both in the day-to-day management and in developing new planning approaches, risk management and project evaluation models. I believe the Executive MBA at Cass can help me to acquire the tools I need to progress further in my career.

How would you describe your overall experience of the Executive MBA so far?

So far it has been both exciting and challenging experience. I’m excited to learn new things, participate in group work and acquire new business skills. At the same time it is challenging as I put myself out of my comfort zone and I have to come to terms with the new environment and a fairly unknown territory.

How do you balance your work and personal life with academic studies?

I’m lucky to have flexible working hours and the opportunity ability to work from home a few days a week, which helps me a lot in balancing my personal life, work and studies. My main advice would be, try and get the support from your family before you decide to do an MBA so that they are prepared to support you when you most need it.

What has been the most rewarding experience for you so far?

I think the learning experience is a rewarding process in itself as you broaden your way of thinking and see things from different perspectives. I particularly enjoy business education as it is valuable for me to understand how successful businesses work and how it can be applied to different areas. I’ve also really enjoyed the opportunity to form connections and learn from other peers.

What has been the most challenging aspect?

One of the big challenges is balancing studies with my working life and I think time management can be a big issue for most of people starting an MBA. However the classes and assignments so far have also helped to start analysing my organisation and its effectiveness much better.

How would you describe your fellow cohort?

Our cohort is diverse and international with people coming from a variety of cultures and industries. I find it helpful as you can learn a lot and get instant feedback on your ideas directly from your peers who are already professionals in their fields. It has been also useful to do group assignments as you can master your teamwork and management skills by working alongside talented and inspiring people.

What has the learning experience at Cass been like so far? 

I have so far enjoyed the learning process as the classes are set in an interactive manner and theory is always brought alongside with case studies from real business life. From an academic perspective, so far it’s been useful to learn things like how to read and understand balance sheets or evaluate a company, I also really enjoyed the Organisational Behaviour module as it gave me an insight on peoples own behaviour and actions in the workplace.

What are your thoughts on living and studying in London and does Cass’ location bring any added benefit?

Living and studying in London is a great opportunity for any MBA student as it gives you a chance to apply all the skills and knowledge learnt almost immediately. Cass’ excellent location in the heart of City of London, surrounded by the largest international organisations only proves it. It appealed to me and also defined my final decision to study at Cass Business School.

What advice would you give to a prospective student thinking of doing an Executive MBA at Cass?

The Modular Executive MBA at Cass has been so far an exceptional experience for me both personally and professionally. It is a great way not only to learn new skills and transfer your resources into capabilities to progress in your career but also to make new contacts and business connections. Overall I think doing the EMBA at Cass is a good investment but only if you are ready commit to it fully.