Jaiveer Dugal and Karl Huber Maturana are MBA students in the class of 2016 at ESADE, a top business school based in Barcelona.
In these interviews, they shed light on what it’s like to study on the 12, 15 or 18-month-long program, highlighting internationalism and the boost it has already provided to their careers.
Karl joined ESADE last year after working as a freelance consultant in the renewable energy sector of South America. Before that, he was a strategy and operations analyst at Deloitte in Santiago, Chile’s capital city.
Jaiveer has a background in financial services and strategy, having worked in the managing director strategy group at DP World, the maritime business, in India’s Mumbai. Previously, he worked in data analytics at GE Capital and at American Express, the payments company. More recently, he landed an MBA internship at Germany’s Deutsche Bank.
What makes ESADE Business School unique?
The diversity of the group. We are more than 170 students from 41 different nationalities. In terms of background as well, the class is highly diverse (lawyers, doctors, engineers, designers and psychologists).
Having these different mind-sets, and having classmates share their experiences of how to solve problems, creates an enriching learning atmosphere, which for me is one of the key differentiators of the ESADE MBA.
Also the flexibility of the program is another important factor. You can choose three paths, which allows you create a customized program, depending on what your future career goals are and your time limitations.
What are your three key takeaways from the MBA?
Respect and teamwork: since we are in a highly diverse MBA, respect is one the most important factors. Also, since our MBA is based on teamwork, I believe that working with such diverse people allows you to gain deeper knowledge of how things are done within cultures that are different to your own.
Time management: you can’t do everything, so prioritizing your time [is critical].
Be open-minded: sometimes, crazy ideas can become awesome ones. Don't close your mind to things that don't make sense at the beginning. Assess all possible options before making a final decision, because sometimes you might be surprised by the way a crazy [idea] can become a great solution to a problem.
What tips do you have for impressing the admissions committee?
Be yourself. I think that trying to be someone that you aren’t will not benefit you at all.
Be prepared and try to make a positive impression on the person that interviews you, so you will be remembered.
What impact do you expect the MBA to have on your career?
The MBA has added a sense of maturity for me. I have developed certain soft skills that I was lacking, and I feel this will help me grow from a senior executive to a leader.
What are your key takeaways from interning at D-Bank?
My key takeaway from my internship was that the biggest challenge faced by big companies is alignment. Whether its cultural fit, management-employee relationships, communication and even team alignment, all of these factors have a massive impact on the business and eventually the bottom line.
What would you do if you were dean for a day?
Try and get the top CEOs of different industries together for a networking session with students.