Position pre MBA: AVP at Citibank in Sao Paulo
What motivated you to do an MBA and why did you choose Cass Business School?
After five years of banking experience I decided that an MBA will be a good opportunity to widen my long term career options. With relevant experience in financial markets and international exposure, I considered that by increasing my knowledge and experiences in an MBA, it would boost my potential opportunities long term in the financial industry. What you can learn in an MBA can’t be taught anywhere else- a mix of academic and leadership development. An MBA prepares you to deal with the most demanding professional environment.
Cass Business School offered me the opportunity to be at the financial hub of Europe within a renowned name. Cass is just what I was looking for; a variety of backgrounds in their alumni, excellence of their professors and an amazing location that ensures you will be in the middle of all the professional opportunities that London has to offer.
What are your career goals and what do you hope to achieve after you have graduated?
My career goals for the future would be to move into my desired position by the next 10- 15 years. With a great interest in investments, and a passion for companies, my ideal job would be within Investment Management, Asset Management, M&A or Private Equity. After graduating in Cass Business School, I hope to have a clear understanding on how to be an entrepreneur, be a valuable consultant for any firm and develop leadership skills.
How would you describe your overall experience of the MBA so far?
After 2 months in Cass, you will need to learn to accurately manage your time. There are several group assignments that require time investment, lot of activities and workshops to enhance your skills, many company events, whilst you manage and assist in the societies you have joined. Living in London permits you to have all the opportunities you want, however it’s up to you to decide how to get the most of it.
When I look back now at the beginning of the MBA, I can see how much my skills have improved in only 2 months. In order to keep at this fast-pace demanding environment, you need to develop yourself or you will not be able to follow the programme, and that’s the best you can get from an MBA– to keep pushing you towards greater achievements.
What has been the most rewarding experience for you so far?
The most rewarding experiences are the great colleagues that you are sharing them with. An amazing variety of people with intellect that you can learn from. All of your colleagues at the cohort have something to offer you that will make you better, and many of them will probably remain friends for a long time. All the experiences you share with your cohort will only make you better. It teaches you how to adapt to situations, support your colleagues and be helped by your friends.
What has been the most challenging aspect?
Time management is probably the most challenging aspect of an MBA. The fast-pace programme requires you to invest your personal time into the programme which can affect your personal relationships. Therefore you need to manage time properly and be efficient if you don’t want to overload yourself.
How would you describe your fellow cohort?
With over 30 different nationalities in our cohort, there is only richness to learn from. We are 75 people in the same class, in the same age range, and with different backgrounds; however, we all get along nicely. You have the opportunity to learn so much from them and establish friendships that could last forever. Working within the groups is challenging but one of the most rewarding experiences you can learn from.
What has the learning experience been like? How are classes taught and what sort of expertise do the academics bring?
Classes are very interactive– they ensure that interaction across the class is the central point of teaching. The material you go through, in such a short time, requires for you to study on your own. The academics are well-known professionals, with lots of experience behind them that they will share with us, teaching us how the real-world works and applying all the concepts you learn to real companies. Anything you learn is applicable and you would apply it during your integration week into the top companies around the world. You have to find issues and provide solutions with creativity. The learning experience is incomparable to any other programme you have been in before, your work experience or your previous degree.
What are your thoughts on living and studying in London and does Cass’ location bring any added benefit?
Living and studying in London permits you to have everything within reach– an amazing city that will give you the options anyone needs. Keeping your requirements diverse will ensure you have your options open. Cass location permits you to be only feet away from the most important companies and events that occur in London, in addition to the countless events that occur at Cass, due to its proximity to the financial hub.
What advice would you give to a prospective student thinking of doing an MBA at Cass?
This is a once-in-a-life time opportunity not to be missed. The opportunities available are priceless and different from anything you would have done before. Cass offers you the opportunity to be at one of the best Business Schools in London, the city with some of the most professional opportunities in Europe and internationally. The opportunities to meet people through networking will open up professional opportunities that are countless, and Cass is always there to help.