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These MBA Boot Camps Will Help You Get Ahead In Business

Izolda Urazgaliyeva attended a lecture by pharma company, Eli Lilly, as part of her Management Boot Camp experience at MIP Politecnico di Milano. Then, she landed an MBA internship at the firm


By  Breikhna Khan

Fri Jul 6 2018

For business schools, the importance of merging theory with practice can never be understated. MIP Politecnico di Milano understands this well—leveraging its expansive network of official corporate partners including Microsoft, Moleskin and IBM, MIP’s Management Boot Camps span nine weeks of its International full-time MBA.

The Management Boot Camps, organized by industry experts, enable students to experience how theory works in concrete business contexts while allowing them to interact with senior level executives. Students select courses from a range of emerging management topics such as big data, entrepreneurship, and design thinking.

Originally from Kazakhstan, Izolda Urazgaliyeva attended a guest lecture on sustainability featuring a representative from Eli Lilly—the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology company—as part of her Boot Camp experience at MIP. After it, she secured a marketing internship at the firm. She’s now working on a multichannel engagement project to promote a recently-launched drug.

BusinessBecause caught up with Izolda to find out more about MIP’s Management Boot Camps.

Which of MIP Politecnico di Milano's Management Boot Camps stood out for you?


The sustainability and business ethics module stood out for me. The aim of the Boot Camp was to provide a thorough and comprehensive view of the sustainability concept and its managerial implications. I worked with a team on a real business case presented by Barilla—an Italian food company.

I now know that sustainability should be embedded in company processes, and have no doubt that the knowledge I've gained will be useful to my career. Coming from the oil and gas industry, I am conscious that the importance of sustainability will only grow in the future.

Another interesting boot camp was on circular economy. We had the opportunity to network during a presentation by EIT RawMaterials—a company providing sustainable supplies of raw materials for European industries. Our final task was to develop a viable circular business model for a case-study company.

How did the Boot Camps complement your learning in class?

The Boot Camps were a very useful, practical activity with a mix of lectures, workshops, company guest presentations, and a final assignment that needed to be developed during the week. The MBA is not just an academic experience—the Boot Camps based learning on real-world examples, evidence, and business cases.

Why did you decide to pursue an MBA?

Following my undergraduate degree in public administration in Kazakhstan, I started a career in corporate governance roles at an oil and gas company. Through this job, I had the opportunity to gain experience in one of the parent company's headquarters in Milan.

I returned to my home country to work on a mega project for the development of Karachaganak field in West Kazakhstan. However, the crisis in the oil and gas industry would slow down the project, and reduce its scope. This impacted my job functions, and I felt it was the right moment to make a change.

I am convinced that learning is a lifetime process. I always wanted to do an MBA, but international career opportunities meant I kept postponing my plans. Once I decided that I wasn't learning anything new on the job, I started researching programs.

Why MIP?

Milan was already familiar to me, while MIP has a great reputation and impressive industry connections. I trusted an MBA at MIP Politecnico di Milano would give a boost to my career, and I have already profited from the experience both professionally and personally.

Now, [on the internship at Eli Lilly] I’m putting into practice everything I've learned during classes. It's a completely new industry and job function for me, but I’m thoroughly enjoying it!

Student Reviews

Polimi Graduate School of Management





Great technology competences related to the financial world

The program offers great technological and concrete competencies of the technology applied to the financial sector. Students are highly motivated and fun to be around. The courses are highly linked to innovative and forward-looking topics and deliver great career prospects.




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Master in FinTech

Mip is a very organised school, the program of the Fintech master is really interesting and covers a lot of useful fields. I believe the Carrer Development Center and the network of companies the school has is one of the best features of this master. Suggested if u are interested in finance technologies and the interaction between them.





MIP Politecnico di Milano was totally a gamechanger for me, I learned a lot and the exposure I got while studying here was unlimited. This university is very flexible and student friendly, the professors are highly qualified and are devoted to their work. The best part about this university is that if you have free time in your course, you can sit for other courses as well of your choices, being a civil engineer I always had affinity towards design, as I got a weeks off from my course I used to attend design lectures with other batches. This was really helpful to me.